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Course Overview

  • understanding the fundamental factors that limit exercise performance is of great importance for human health and athletic performance; 
  • this course integrates the knowledge in biomechanics, physiology, psychology and pharmacology in order to build a comprehensive understanding of physical activity and exercise performance in humans; 
  • this core knowledge prepares you for more advanced study of sports and health sciences; 
  • you will also participate in practical series focussed on energy expenditure, fitness testing and body composition which will build essential laboratory and data analysis skills of importance for employability in the area of sports and health

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Jenny Gregory

Qualification Prerequisites

  • 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?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the application of science in the study of elite sports performance and exercise responses. Fundamental aspects of exercise physiology, along with the principles of training and effects of over-training, sports injuries and the use of drugs in sport will be introduced. Research methodology is highlighted throughout. By the end of this course students will have a wide appreciation of the major factors underpinning sports performance.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

98 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown

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

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). Test 1 (problem solving & MCQ - 20%); 3 MCQ tests (12.5 % each); Lab report (15%); Submit the 2 short-answer assessments electronically in the week following the practical (7.5% each).


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

Formative Assessment

MCQ in lectures/practicals, MCQ practice questions (Self-tests) on WebCT, Problem-solving sessions with feedback on performance.


Practical reports will be marked with written comments. Problem-solving sessions include analysis of common errors and misconceptions. Students receive on-line feedback on completion of their practice MCQ tests (self-tests) on WebCT. Results of all the formative in-course tests are also reported back to the students.

Course Learning Outcomes


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