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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Arimantas Lionikas

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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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. 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

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

70% Written Examination 

10% Viva

10% Essay Assignment 

10% Practical Report

Alternative Resit Assessment

Online exam

Formative Assessment

1 x Formative Assessment

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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