Introduction to Exercise Physiology

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
27 June 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science

Module description

The material covered, in lectures, seminars and practical classes will provide a foundation for more advanced study of Exercise Physiology in your second year. The module will explore physiology from the level of the single cell up to the whole organism. Key terminology used in anatomy and physiology, as well as the techniques that have enabled anatomy and physiology to be understood will be addressed. Key topics covered will include: how homeostasis is maintained; the movement of the body by the skeletal and muscular systems; how the body is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems; how oxygen enters the body and its journey around the body in the blood; and how the body defends itself against "foreign" microorganisms.

Module aims

The aim of this module is :

  • To develop your understanding of functional anatomy and physiology, from the cellular level to the level of tissues, organs and organ systems.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function and control of the human body, with particular detail in the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine systems and immune systems, as well as in the maintenance of homeostasis.

  2. Use appropriate scientific methods and approaches to gather, record, analyse and present data and information clearly and informatively.

  3. Develop key skills related to ICT, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and self-directed learning.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures: You will be taught through a mixture of lectures (both live and pre-recorded)
  • Interactive seminars
  • Practical sessions and
  • Self-directed study

Lectures and seminars will introduce core material, whilst self-directed study will reinforce this information. Practical sessions will demonstrate key physiological principles in action.

You will be encouraged to consolidate and extend lecture material from recommended textbooks.

Moodle will be used for:

  • A repository of module information
  • A repository of lecture recordings
  • To provide links to internal and external learning resources
  • To facilitate assessment and learning activities
  • To facilitate feedback information on assessment for learning and other activities.

Independent study will include practice MCQ tests delivered via Moodle and recommended readings.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Nasir Uddin, email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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