Module Title:Exercise Physiology 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module includes both large-group and small-group classes, alongside tutor-directed and self-directed independent student learning. The large group lecture classes will include interactive learning activities and formative assessment tasks such as discussions, quizzes, and case studies. The small group practical classes will provide students with the opportunity to develop their hands-on skills in physiological measurement, along with opportunities to reflect on and discuss the application of theory to practice. Independent student learning time will be used for preparation for classes, review of class materials and activities, and work associated with assessment tasks
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 and apply the bioenergetic processes to exercise training principles and the control body composition
LO3 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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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Anatomy of the muscle and muscular contraction
Gross- and micro-anatomy; sliding filament theory; muscle fibre types
Factors affecting the development of force
Architectural, neural, and mechanical factors affecting force and velocity
Factors affecting maximal endurance capacity
VO2max & Lactate Threshold physiology, principles and concepts
Physiological adaptations to exercise
General Adaptation Syndrome, EIMD, Neuromuscular and morphological adaptations to training
Energy for Cellular Activity & Bioenergetics
PCR system, glycolytic system, oxidative system
Measuring energy expenditure
Energy expenditure at rest and during exercise; laboratory measurement and estimation; EPOC
Body composition, weight, obesity and exercise
Adipose tissue physiology; Measuring body composition; energy balance
The practical element will include laboratory testing of physiological variables during rest, submaximal, and maximal exercise testing
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
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
Other The Mid term assessment assessment strategy may incorporate MCQ's, essays, presentations, reflective logs, case studies and written reports. 1 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The practical assessment strategy may incorporate practical skills assessments, presentations and/or written laboratory reports 3 40.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2 50.00 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 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 2 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 2 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 2 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 2 Mandatory