SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3B123712
Module Leader Les Wood
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

L1 & 2 physiology modules

Summary of Content

Introduction to fuel use and metabolism; Fuel use; Energy metabolism; Energy and Exercise; Muscle physiology in exercise; Muscle work and strength; Movement and its control; Aerobic and anaerobic exercise Cardiorespiratory responses to exercise; Training and performance; Nutrition and exercise; Cardiorespiratory disorders and compromised exercise performance; Metabolic disorders and performance.


Fuel sources and their use; biochemistry of energy metabolism; glycolysis; Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain; lipolysis and fatty acid metabolism; metabolism and exercise; control of metabolism; muscle fibre types; muscle physiology in exercise; strength, work, power; neural control of movement; voluntary and reflex movement; aerobic and anaerobic exercise and metabolic adaptations; cardiovascular responses and adaptations to exercise; respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise; physiological and biochemical aspects of training; training and performance; nutrition and exercise; compromised exercise performance in disease; metabolic disorders and exercise.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the physiological and biochemical principles of exercise and training2. Relate this to the responses to exercise in normal and pathological conditions3. Be able to analyse and interpret data relating to exercise performance in a number of situations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and data analysis sessions. Lecture will provide foundation theoretical material which will be expanded and applied in tutorial and data analysis sessions. Practical applications of this material will be discussed in student-led seminars, especially in relation to clinical practice where this is appropriate.

Indicative Reading

Recommended Reading: McArdle, Katch and Katch (2014): Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance, 8 th Edition ; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Tortora & Derrrickson (2015): Intorduction to the Human Body, 10 th Edition; Wiley Plus other relevant journal articles as appropriate

Transferrable Skills

Integrate theoretical and practical information and apply this to their own professional areas; analyse data and synthesise new information from this; gain experience in the principles of exercise and training for human performance.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Data Analysis Exercise
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Short Case Study