Module Title:Exercise Physiology 3
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered as two theory classes of one hour duration and one two-hour long practical laboratory class per week for 12 weeks. The theory classes will include peer-to-peer learning tasks, and discussions of journal articles, alongside powerpoint presentation. Laboratory classes will involve demonstration of laboratory techniques, student lead physiological assessment and experimentation, group data collection, data handling, analyses and presentation, interpretation of physiological data and discussion.
Module Aim: To provide the student with the scientific knowledge, physiological laboratory skills and experience in preparation of the athlete for performance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Outline acute and chronic adaptations to various training modes for developing optimal performance and the appropriate application of these to endurance training and team/individual athletes etc.
LO2 Explain the effects of environmental conditions (e.g. altitude, heat, cold, hyperbaric) on human physiology and, in particular, the athlete
LO3 Discuss the problems associated with exercise performance in varying environmental conditions (e.g. altitude, heat, cold, hyperbaric) and formulate recommendations for optimal athletic performance in these conditions
LO4 Critique the role of biological rhythms and sleep in the preparation of athletes for competition, and, discuss hormonal regulation of physiological processes regarding adaptation to exercise/conditions and overtraining syndrome.
LO5 Demonstrate laboratory, data handling, data interpretation and writing skills through the completion of a number of laboratory practical experiments.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
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
Biochemical bases for performance
Bioenergetics, Metabolic Adaptations, Metabolic Limitations
Cardiorespiratory bases for performance
Circulatory response, respiratory response, Cardiovascular adaptations, maximal aerobic power and capacity
Neuromuscular bases for performance
Neuromuscular fatigue, factors affecting strength, power and speed performance.
Environmental Physiology and Performance
Altitude, Heat, Cold, Air Pollution Preparing the athlete for performance in the heat/cold, altitude training, and the effects of air pollution on performance
Biological rhythms and performance
Circadian rhythm, sleep, recovery, managing the athlete through travel
Physiology of Training: Effects of Aerobic and Anaerobic Training
Training for Endurance, Training for Anaerobic Events and Team Sports, Training for Strength Power and Speed, Cell signalling and hormonal control of substrate, acute and chronic adaptations to aerobic and anaerobic training
Determination of lactate threshold, heart rate and oxygen uptake responses to incremental exercise testing, the acute effects of training using lactate threshold training zones, comparison of anaerobic capacity and power, cardiovascular and metabolic responses during maximal anaerobic speed training, neuromuscular fatigue and adaptations to HIIT. Effects of maximal exertion on force and power
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the project and final examination
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Complete a journal style article detailing a completed laboratory based experimental investigation. 1,5 40.00 Week 11
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour final 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 13.47
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 7 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 7 Mandatory