Module Title:Human Performance and Athletic Assessment
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered in two one-hour lectures and one two-hour practical per week for 15 weeks. Test protocols and related knowledge discussed in the lectures shall be implemented during the practical classes. Any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures. Course lecture summaries, course calendar, announcements and other course-related material will be available on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Students can contact lecturer outside of class hours to discuss formative feedback given on written reports and group project work. The practical component will allow students to develop problem solving abilities and group skills and promote deep learning via investigation of a problem, application of prior knowledge and analysis of results thus generating new knowledge.
Module Aim: This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge and practical skills to critically assess physiological and biomechanical information in terms of human performance and health.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Perform incremental lactate threshold tests and determine the ventilatory threshold from a maximal cardiopulmonary test on an athlete.
LO2 Conduct various strength and power test protocols on a force plate and analyse the force time data.
LO3 Perform a incremental maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test on a variety of ergometers.
LO4 Perform a variety of field based sports tests to assess speed, agility and power.
LO5 Design and perform a new test protocol and write-up a report communicating the findings and analysis.
LO6 Communicate findings of a test protocol with respective recommendations.
LO7 Critically analyse physiological and biomechanical protocols and explain their practical application in terms of sport and exercise.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 3 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory: 1. Benefits of testing human performance in sport and exercise 2. Test preparation of the subject 3. Test validity and reliability 4. Test protocols 5. Interpretation of test results 6. Use of normative data 7. Provision of recommendations Practical: 1. Blood lactate testing 2. Isokinetic assessment 3. Strength assessment 4. Power assessment 5. Speed and agility 6. Wingate test 7. Aerobic endurance tests
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
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
Practical/Skills Evaluation Perform a laboratory based protocol during class time to assess health, safety and organisational skills. 1,2,3,4 10.00 Week 6
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A report (Maximum of 3500 words) on the results, analysis, interpretation and practical application of the findings of a implemented test protocol. 5,6 50.00 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A two hour exam covering all aspects in the theory and practical work. 7 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.33
Total Hours 130.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 4 Mandatory