General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
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

This module will enable the learners to explain and demonstrate principles, concepts and inter-relationships between the circulatory, respiratory and endocrine systems at rest and during exercise.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe Cardiovascular and Respiratory control and regulation at rest and during exercise.


Describe the hormonal regulation of metabolism, fluid and electrolytes during exercise.


Use relevant scientific skills to perform measurements in ECG and Blood pressure at rest and in response to exercise.


Define, collect and analyse spirometry data (static and dynamic lung volumes and capacities).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time. This will include lectures, laboratory practicals and augmented by independent 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.

The assessment strategy for this module focuses on the ability to conduct physiological tests that look at the interrelationship between various physiological components. Ability to interpret data and report results is assessed by written assignment. Theory is assessed by online quizzes with immediate feedback for the students. Students conduct their own experiment of choice in a team environment to assess their ability to work autonomously within an agreed timeframe. Findings of this are communicated by a presentation to their peer group. 

The student must reach an assigned gate (30 marks) 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

Describe Cardiovascular and Respiratory control and regulation at rest and during exercise.

  • Factors that regulate & control blood flow, blood distribution and heart activity. 
  • Functional capacity of the CV system.
  • The regulation of pulmonary ventilation, gas exchange and transport.
  • Ventilation & Energy metabolism.

Use relevant scientific skills to perform measurements in ECG and Blood pressure at rest and in response to exercise.

  • Collect and analyse ECG trace, cardiac cycle durations and blood pressure measurements.

Define, collect and analyse spirometry data (static and dynamic lung volumes and capacities).

  • Perform spirometry measurements to measure static lung volumes and perform functional capacity tests. 

Describe the hormonal regulation of metabolism, fluid and electrolytes during exercise.

  •  Hormonal Regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, fluid & electrolytes during exercise. 


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 Assignment ECG/Cardiac Cycle lab report Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,3
2 Short Answer Questions Laboratory skills assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % OnGoing 3,4
3 Multiple Choice Moodle Quizzes Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2
4 Group Project PBL practical project Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Assessment Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Semester 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Collection of scientific data 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-03-30 Physiology of Sport and Exercise 6th Edition Human Kinetics
ISBN 9781450477673 ISBN-13 1450477674

Physiology of Sport and Exercise, Sixth Edition, frames research findings in physiology in a reader-friendly format, making this textbook a favorite of instructors and students alike. This resource offers a simple way for students to develop an understanding of the bodys abilities to perform various types and intensities of exercise and sport, to adapt to stressful situations, and to improve its physiological capacities.

Required Reading
2014-02-26 Exercise Physiology
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.

Required Reading
2017-01-05 Exercise Physiology for Health Fitness and Performance LWW
ISBN 1496323181 ISBN-13 9781496323187

The new edition of Plowman and Smith's renowned text continues to the authoritative textbook for teaching Exercise Physiology. This engaging and beautifully designed text integrates theoretical and research based basic exercise physiology with real-world application to prepare students for exciting positions in exercise science, fitness, physical education, athletic training, rehabilitation, coaching and/or allied health professions. Accessible and engaging, the 5th Edition offers coverage of foundational science and critical exercise physiology topics. Organized by independent units (Metabolic, Cardiovascular-respiratory, Neuromuscular-skeletal, and Neuroendocrine-immune) this text offers maximum teaching flexibility for faculty and consistent presentation of material for the student.

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Journal Resources

British Journal of Sports Medicine (

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