Exercise Physiology

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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

In this module we will focus on the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise and training of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and muscular systems and consider how each system contributes to limitations of human performance. We will explore how the nervous and endocrine systems integrate the response to exercise and training. We will also explore differences in response and adaptation between adult and paediatric participants in exercise.

Module aims

The aim of exercise physiology is to understand the way in which the body's systems respond and adapt to exercise and training.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary , muscular and endocrine systems
2. Discuss the responses of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and muscular systems to an acute exercise bout
3. Evaluate the roles of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and muscular systems in the limitation of human exercise performance
4. Discuss the responses of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and muscular systems to an exercise training programme
5. Explain how the nervous and endocrine systems co-ordinate the acute and chronic responses to exercise
6. Show competence in collection, collation and analysis of data from various physiological practicals.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

10 x 2 hour lectures, plus 1 revision class before summer exam; 3 x 3 hour laboratory practical sessions


  • McArdle, William D.; Katch, Frank I.; Katch, Victor L. (2015) Exercise physiology: nutrition, energy, and human performance, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. vol. Exercise Physiology (McArdle)

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 Weighting
Coursework Essay 100%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 69 hours, 27 (39.1%) hours available to students:
42 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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