Anatomy and Physiology for Sport

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
10 July 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,
BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The material covered, in lectures, seminars and practical classes will provide a foundation for more advanced study
of Exercise Physiology.

This module will enable students to complete the Focus Awards Certificate in Fitness Instruction (GYM) and is at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. This module is a combined module taught to both the Sports Performance and Coaching and Sports Therapy courses.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide knowledge on the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology which underpin the biological sciences

  • To provide a sound knowledge of the mechanisms associated with the control and regulation of the major systems of the body

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate basic anatomical knowledge of the human being with particular detail in the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

  2. Demonstrate understanding of systems physiology with particular detail in muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems.

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

  4. Develop learner’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness.

  5. Develop learner's ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym sessions.

  6. Provide learners with the knowledge to develop good customer service and the personal qualities required by the exercise and fitness industry.

  7. Provide learners with an awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment.

  8. Provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further qualifications in the exercise and fitness industry.

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 and interactive seminars, online virtual learning and self-directed study.
  • Lectures and seminars will introduce core material, whilst self-directed study will reinforce this information.

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 encourage learner autonomy
  • To facilitate feedback information on assessment for learning and other activities

Independent study will include online practical sessions and MCQ tests delivered via Moodle.

The instant feedback provided will allow students to identify and address strengths and weaknesses in your knowledge.


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   Online MCQ - via Moodle     40% 
Coursework   Portfolio    30% 
Practical   Practical Assessment    30% 

Additional coursework information

This module is assessed by 100% coursework mark.

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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Benjamin Jones, email:
Dr Ben Jones, Dr Sally Waterworth & SRES staff
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (non-essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Prof Paul Potrac
Northumbria University
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 11 (52.4%) hours available to students:
10 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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