General Details

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Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Joanne Regan, Eimear Donlon
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

This module will enable the learner to study how the body responds to the acute and chronic stress of exercise or physical activity. It will discuss the various concepts associated with bioenergetics and muscle metabolism, energy expenditure and fatigue and the structure and function of exercising muscle. This module will also give the learner the opportunity to conduct relevant physiological field and lab based tests.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate and utilise knowledge of the principle energy systems and sources and the interrelationship between systems at rest and during exercise.


Measure and interpret the capacity of the energy systems and energy expenditure at rest and during exercise..


Conduct tests to demonstrate the physiological principles affecting force production.


Examine the structure and function of skeletal muscle and force production.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures, laboratory practicals and will be augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g.quizzes, uploading assignments.)

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 65% Continuous Assessment and 35% Final Exam.

This module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (35%), continuous assessment and coursework (65%).

The continuous assessment and coursework will involve two reports where students interpret the physiological data collected during practical laboratories. They will present their data and address the discussion questions in an exercise physiology context.

There will be 2 MCQ's given during the semester, mid-way and towards the end of the semester.

The student must reach an assigned gate (30) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall to pass the subject.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Fuel for Exercise: Bioenergetics and Muscle Metabolism:

Energy substrates, ATP, aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways and the energy continuum. measuring the capacity of the energy producing pathways.

Energy Expenditure and Fatigue

Measuring energy expenditure at rest and during exercise, the capacity of the energy producing pathways, fatigue and its causes and muscle soreness.

Structure, function and neural control of exercising muscle:

Structure and function of skeletal muscle and motor unit, chemical & mechanical events during muscle action, sensory motor integration, proprioceptors in

muscles, joints and tendons.

Isokinetic and Isometric strength measurements, characteristics of muscle fibres types and relationship to exercise performance.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Random short quizzes.
Continuous Assessment of Theory.
Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Practical/Skills Evaluation
Practical report or short quiz based on specific laboratory conducted.
Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 4
3 Observational assessment of application of practical tasks and group interaction with constructive feedback.
Presentation and/or group discussion of various topics.
Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
4 Written reports based on practical laboratories conducted. Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Semester 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Physiology Laboratory 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017-02-01 Exercise Physiology for Health Fitness and Performance Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
ISBN 9781496323187 ISBN-13 9781496323187
Recommended Reading
2015-06-10 Physiology of Sport and Exercise, 6th Edition Human Kinetics Australia P/L
ISBN 9781450477673 ISBN-13 9781450477673

The Sixth Edition of this international bestseller frames research findings in physiology in a reader-friendly format, making this textbook a favourite of lecturers and students alike. It offers a simple way for students to develop an understanding of the body's abilities to perform various types and intensities of exercise and sport, to adapt to stressful situations and to improve its physiological capacities. Students and instructors can take advantage of the web-based ancillaries that accompany the text and include new animations, videos and audio clips., Physiology of Sport and Exercise has been a cornerstone textbook of the engaging field of exercise physiology. Through dynamic and interactive learning activities, easy-to-follow layouts, and research-oriented content, students and instructors will find this an invaluable resource for their continued education.

Recommended Reading
2014-03-01 Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance (International Edition) Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
ISBN 1451193831 ISBN-13 9781451193831

Setting the standard for more than 30 years, Exercise Physiology has helped more than 350,000 students build a solid foundation in the scientific principles underlying modern exercise physiology. This Eighth Edition is updated with the latest research in the field to give you easy-to-understand, up-to-date coverage of how nutrition, energy transfer, and exercise training affect human performance. Get quick access to the resources available to help you master each section of the text with "Ancillaries at a Glance."Maximize your study time with the book's vibrant, "magazine style" design that makes the content more engaging and accessible and key information easier to find.Reinforce your understanding with Chapter Objectives, Integrative Questions that pose open-ended questions for reflection on complex concepts, and FYI sections that offer "good to know" information.Gain an understanding of how researchers contribute to our knowledge of exercise physiology through engaging section-opening interviews with key figures in the field., Learn how theoretical concepts relate to practical skills through "In a Practical Sense" features.Access the most relevant current information in the field through figures and tables that clarify important concepts and information. Gain an understanding of the past, present, and future of the profession through coverage of important milestones and future directions in the field.Visit the free companion website for anywhere, anytime access to over 30 animations of key exercise physiology concepts, the book's complete list of references, and more.

Required Reading
2017-02-03 ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription LWW
ISBN 1496339061 ISBN-13 9781496339065

ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription is the flagship title from the American College of Sports Medicine, the prestigious organization that sets the standards for the exercise profession. This critical handbook delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to the certification candidate, the professional, and the student. This manual gives succinct summaries of recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased patients The tenth edition reflects some crucial and exciting changes, making the content necessary for effective study and practice. New pre-exercise health screening recommendations are critical to helping more of the population begin a safe, healthy physical activity program without consulting a physician. New and expanded information on the risks of sedentary behavior, clinical exercise testing and interpretation, high intensity interval training, musculoskeletal injury risk, fitness testing protocols and norms, and an expansion of the principles of health behavior change are included. Additionally, significant reorganization of content will help you reach the information you need quickly. This manual is an essential resource for all exercise professionals, as well as other health professionals who may council patients on exercise including physicians, nurses, physician's assistants, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and health care administrators.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

British Journal of Sports Medicine

URL Resources

Other Resources


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