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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Sport and Exercise Sciences


Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap 110 Location Durham
Tied to C603 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
Tied to C605 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity with Year Abroad
Tied to C609 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity with Placement Year
Tied to C606 Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tied to C607 Sport and Exercise Sciences with Year Abroad
Tied to C608 Sport and Exercise Sciences with Placement Year
Tied to CFG0 Natural Sciences
Tied to CFG1 Natural Sciences with Year Abroad
Tied to CFG2 Natural Sciences with Placement


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of the physiology of the human body in relation to participation in sport and physical activity.


  • Students will focus on the basic physiological function of the human body. Initially this will be delivered in the form of lectures and enhanced by laboratory practical sessions to fully develop their understanding.
  • The module would include an examination of: The cell; Nervous system; Muscle function; Energy systems; Endocrine system; Cardiovascular system; Respiratory systems; Blood.
  • The module will deliver both general and sport specific physiology.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Explain a range of physiological ideas relevant to sports participation and performance.
  • Demonstrate basic physiological knowledge of the human body and with respect to Sport and Exercise Physiology.
  • Identify and explain the physiological functions assessed when testing an individual in the area of Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Develop key laboratory skills used in the testing of an individual.
Key Skills:
  • Demonstrate basic skills in literature searching and interpretation, writing, and referencing.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching and learning will be centered on lectures and practical laboratory sessions. This will permit the student the opportunity to place their theoretical knowledge into a more applied environment.
  • Seminars allow students the opportunity to explore specific issues in greater depth and ensure a full understanding of key concepts and principles.
  • Assessment will be:
  • 1. A 1500 word laboratory report, which is designed to assess: students' ability to conduct research; report writing skills - to collect, interpret, report and examine experimental data.
  • 2. A timed computerised assessment (maximum 2 hours) that will be assessed online and will measure your physiological knowledge base. The students will be required to answer questions, during the assigned timeframe, that will be derived from both the lecture and practical content of the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 10 in both terms 1 & 2 1 hour 20
Practical laboratory sessions (*) 6 3 in both terms 1 & 2 2 hours 12
Preparation and Reading 168
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Lab Report Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Lab Report 1,500 words 100%
Component: Test Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Take-home test maximum of 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Compulsory 500 word literature review.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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