Module Title: Pathophysiology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in 4 theory classes per week of one-hour duration. The theory classes will include lecture, Q&A, group discussion, and technological support. All programme material, course calendar, announcements and other course-related information will be available on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Students can contact the lecturer outside of class hours to discuss course work.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of the aetiology and preventative measures associated with specific diseases and an understanding of how lifestyle measures may affect the development of these diseases. The student will also be introduced to certain pharmacological and sports related drugs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish between different pathological diseases and be able to analyze the role pharmacology plays for the treatment of these conditions.
LO2 Discuss and justify the effects of a healthy and active lifestyle in the prevention of disease.
LO3 Describe how to manage and care for individuals with these diseases as a graduate.
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.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory Section 1
Pathology, incidence, signs and symptoms, complications and overview of treatment of thrombosis, embolism and atherosclerosis, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, hypertension
Theory Section 2
Pathology, incidence, signs and symptoms, complications and overview of treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis, Spondyloarthropathies and osteoporosis
Theory Section 3
Pathology, incidence, signs and symptoms, complications and overview of treatment of Diabetes Mellitus, asthma and chronic obstructive airway disease
Theory Section 4
The effects of a healthy lifestyle (exercise and dietary) on the above mentioned conditions and the repercussions of a negative lifestyle
Theory Section 5
Other relevant diseases; pathology of pain, effects of immobility, osteoporosis, sexually transmitted diseases, cervical and testicular cancers, psychotic disorders e.g. depression, stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, Corticosteroids and their effects on tissue, any other relevant conditions that may arise. Drug treatment for common medical conditions and the effects of drugs on sport performance.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Continuous assessment throughout the module using short answer questions 1,2,3 100.00 Ongoing
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 3 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 3 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 3 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 3 Mandatory