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Course Overview

  • this course introduces core concepts of physiology, sport science and biomedical science and sets foundations for further study of these topics;
  • the course uses responses and adaptations to exercise and physical challenges to integrate and highlight links between biomedical subjects like anatomy, nutrition, pharmacology or bioenergetics; 
  • the course uses a streamlined modular system to deliver and assess the course content and fortnightly online assessments ensure effective learning and are highly commended by students;  
  • each subject or practical class is delivered by specialized members of staff to ensure state-of-the-art content and delivery

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Michael Scholz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SR1001 Medical Sciences in Sport and Exercise Physiology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

This course will introduce physiology, anatomy and pharmacology and their application to sport and exercise science. It will include an outline of basic physiological functions of the body and how these can adapt to changing demand such as during exercise. An introduction to anatomy and the human musculoskeletal system will be linked to aspects of human movement. Understanding of basic pharmacology will focus on the use of drugs in sport and also in common disease states. Energy metabolism and human nutrition will be described with an emphasis on their importance to human physiology and sport and exercise science. Basic physiological techniques will be introduced and will be related to effects and functions of exercise.  The course is a science course covering basic biology, biochemistry, physiology and biomedical science related to Sport and Exercise Science.  Some fundamental knowledge and interest in these subject areas is recommended.

Further Information & Notes

The practical work required in this course may pose difficulties to students with some disabilities. If this arises alternative arrangements will be made. Any student wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus)
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Applied Sport Science
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Master In Science In Pharmacology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

89 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 9, 11, 13, 15, 17
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 10, 14, 16
  • 2 Lectures during University week12
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 8, 9, 11, 12
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 14, 15

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).  MCQ assessments during course.

Resit: 1 two-hour MCQ exam (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

PRS questions during lectures and practice questions on WebCT.


PRS MCQ assessment answers discussed at the end of assessment session.
Immediate feedback on practice questions available on WebCT.

Course Learning Outcomes


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