Module Title:Exercise Physiology 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught, over one term, in three theory classes of one hour duration and a single one hour practical every week. The theory classes will include lecture, Q&A, group discussion, CD-Rom support, and guest lecturers where appropriate. Practical work will involve demonstration, group work, data collection, discussion and analysis of data
Module Aim: To provide students with an understanding of the operation of the muscular system and the systems of energy production in relation to physical exercise and performance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and illustrate the micro anatomy of human skeletal muscle and explain the process of muscular contraction and analyse the factors affecting the generation of force and apply the principles of training and the development of strength
LO2 Explain the processes involved in energy production for physical activity, synthesise bioenergetic processes and apply the principles of training to the energy systems
LO3 Explain the role of exercise in relation to body composition
LO4 Accurately measure, record and interpret the data collected in laboratory measures of exercise and demonstrate an ability to take laboratory numerical data and integrate it into a structured standard laboratory report and construct scientific essays.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Anatomy of the muscle and muscular contraction
Muscle fibre types and characteristics
Factors affecting the development of force
Strength training; hypertrophy, hyperplasia, atrophy, EIMD
Energy for cellular activity
PCR system, glycolytic system, oxidative system
Measuring energy expenditure during exercise
EPOC, Lactate Threshold
Body composition, weight, obesity and exercise
The practical element will examine physiological responses to exercise; assessment of flexibility; body composition
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Mid term assessment 1 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory papers 4 30.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.33
Total Hours 100.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 1 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 1 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 1 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 1 Mandatory