SE106-4-AU-CO:
Introduction to Sports and Exercise Science

The details
2023/24
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
19 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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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

Understanding performance in sport requires knowledge of the basic scientific principles of chemistry, biology and physics, alongside a foundation of maths. This module will examine scientific principles in sufficient depth to provide a conceptual framework upon which to build a deeper understanding of the discipline of Sports and Exercise Science.

This module will apply these scientific principles to real sporting examples including training and fitness testing.

In completing this module, students will develop their understanding of the human body at both cellular and gross level, consider how it can be influenced by exercise training and how these changes can be assessed.

Module aims

This module will help develop understanding of the human body at both cellular and gross level. Students will consider how performance can be influenced by exercise training and how these changes can be assessed. As this is a broad based module, we will also explore population health, sleep and capillary blood sampling. Students will apply theoretical knowledge to real sporting examples including training and fitness testing. 

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the basic scientific principles of chemistry, cell biology and physics that relate to Sports and Exercise Science;
2. Demonstrate competency in using scientific equipment and collect, analyse and present data from simple experiments;
3. Outline the different energy systems in relation to sports performance;
4. Describe the principles of exercise training and recovery
5. Demonstrate understanding of basic field and laboratory tests of strength and fitness.
6. Demonstrate competency in obtaining resting blood lactate samples.

Module information

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

1. Define units of size and weight relevant to sports science
2. Describe the structure of an atom
3. Explain the role of enzymes in biochemical processes in the body
4. Outline the energy systems responsible for resynthesizing ATP during exercise
5. Explain the principles of training in various populations
6. Explain the importance of rest as part of a training session
7. Describe field tests of fitness and discuss the populations they are designed to test
8. Describe common measures of `health` in the UK and state normal values for each variable
9. Explain how `normal values` of health related variables are determined
12. Accurately record and interpret data from laboratory experiments
13. Calculate means and ranges using Excel
14. Describe factors that influence experimental outcomes.
15. Present verbal information clearly and accurately.
16. Demonstrate competence in teaching a sports related task.
17. Demonstrate competence in obtaining measures of blood lactate.
18. Explain the effects of consuming fluids of varying osmolality on hydration.

Learning and teaching methods

Problem based learning classes, workshops, directed learning, practical sessions totalling 15 hours.

Bibliography

  • Martini, F. and Bartholomew, E. (2017) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology. 7th edition. Pearson. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5186183.
  • Martini, F. and Bartholomew, E. (2020) Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, Global Edition. 8th edition. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
  • McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. and Katch, V.L. (2016) Essentials of exercise physiology. Fifth edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription and American College of Sports Medicine (2021) ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. 11th edition. Edited by D. Riebe et al. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Sports Drink Lab  17/11/2023  100% 
Exam  Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 110 minutes during January 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 110 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%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Patrick Schoenmakers, email: ppscho@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Patrick Schoenmakers, Dr Jamie Tallent, Dr Kelly Murray
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres(Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Jen Burbage
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head (Students)
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 12 (40%) hours available to students:
18 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

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