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Course Overview

  • there is a growing understanding that exercise and physical activity are important contributors to health and wellbeing; 
  • this course integrates information pertaining to acute and long term adaptations to various modalities of exercise. You will learn about changes in relevant physiological systems and cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptations;  
  • you will also learn about constrains that determine exercise performance and limit the ability to adapt;  
  • knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise is increasingly relevant for careers in sports, exercise and health, and biomedical sciences

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Arimantas Lionikas

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or PY3002 Integrative Physiology (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides a detailed coverage of the physiological responses to exercise, using both human and animal models. It emphasises the factors which are thought to limit exercise capacity in different situations. There will be emphasis on fatigue in high intensity exercise, with a focus on adenine nucleotide depletion, effects of pH on muscle contractility, and electrolyte changes in muscle. The potential limitations to oxygen transport will be discussed. The factors associated with fatigue in prolonged exercise will also be examined. These include: substrate depletion, thermal balance, dehydration. How the body adapts to training and the effects of excessive overload will be considered. This will include both positive and negative effects of training, which may influence health and performance such as immune function, bone adaptation and dietary intakes. In addition, the influence of genotype on performance will be investigated.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).

Continuous assessment consists of a viva, an essay assignment, and the practical report - each carrying 10%.

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam essay allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance. - Problem-solving sessions allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance.


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during a lecture/feedback session. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.

Course Learning Outcomes


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