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PY5001
Mechanisms that regulate adaptation to exercise
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Henning Wackerhage

Pre-requisite(s): Prospective students should have, or expect to be awarded a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a sports/exercise-related degree.

After an introduction to ‘Molecular Exercise Physiology’ as a field you will learn about endurance training and the signal transduction that regulates the specific adaptations to this type of exercise. You will then learn about resistance training and the specific adaptations resulting from this form of training.

2x on-line tests (7.5% each), 1x essay (15%), 1x examination (70%).

PY5003
Molecular exercise physiology methods
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Henning Wackerhage

Pre-requisite(s): Prospective students should have, or expect to be awarded a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a sports/exercise-related degree.

Note(s): 22.5 credit points.

You will learn ‘hands on’ molecular exercise physiology techniques that include DNA, RNA and protein extraction, PCR, RT-PCR and Western blotting. The theoretical basis of these techniques will be explained and their use in research papers analysed.

2x on-line tests (7.5% each), lab book (5%), lab report (10%), examination (70%).

PY5501
Molecular exercise physiology topics
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Henning Wackerhage

Pre-requisite(s): Prospective students should have, or expect to be awarded a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a sports/exercise-related degree.

The aim of the course is to cover a wide variety of molecular exercise physiology topics. They include genotype and performance-related traits and mechanisms by which exercise improves disease.

At the end of this course you should be able to:
- use genome browsers and bio-informatical tools to search 'in silico' for information related to molecular exercise physiology;
- justify whether animals are suitable models for exercise research;
- explain mechanisms by which exercise improves disease states such as type 2 diabetes, muscle wasting and osteoporosis;
- critically analyse papers published on these topics.

2 on-line tests (3% each), oral presentation (4%), grant application (12%), bioinformatics essay (8%), 2 examinations (35% each).

PY5502
Literature review in molecular exercise physiology
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Henning Wackerhage

Pre-requisite(s): Prospective students should have, or expect to be awarded a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a sports/exercise-related degree.

You will search for literature and compile a review-like thesis on a topic related to molecular exercise physiology

Weekly meeting with supervisor

Thesis (100%)

PY5503
Research project in molecular exercise physiology
CREDIT POINTS

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Henning Wackerhage

Pre-requisite(s): Prospective students should have, or expect to be awarded a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a sports/exercise-related degree. Only very basic knowledge of molecular and cellular biology is required.

Note(s): This course has 90 credits

Everything necessary for producing a MSc level research thesis.
At the end of this course, you (i.e. the postgraduate) should be able to: develop research hypotheses and produce a research plan; carry out the planned research; write a thesis.

Laboratory research
Weekly meeting with supervisor or on demand

Thesis (100%)