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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Sport and Exercise Sciences


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap 90 Location Durham
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


  • SPRT2251 Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Apply understanding of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of a variety of health conditions and diseases.
  • Apply understanding on the role of exercise as medicine for improving the management of health conditions and disease.
  • Apply understanding of athlete health and injury prevention.
  • Develop appplied skills in exercise prescription, and advanced assessment of clinical and athletic populations.


  • This module builds on and extends learning from level 1 and level 2 sport and exercise physiology. The forms of delivery include: lectures, practical workshops and practitioner guest talks and podcasts, to deliver on:
  • Pathophysiology, epidemiology and consequences of a variety of clinical conditions;
  • Exercise prescription for a variety of clinical conditions including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and obesity.
  • Athlete health for performance, with topics including external and internal athlete load monitoring, concussion screening and management, relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), menstrual cycle and performance, bone strength and body composition, and supporting athlete transition to retirement.
  • Advanced assessment of clinical and athletic populations.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Identify causes and consequences of a variety of clinical conditions and the role of exercise for prevention and management;
  • Identify key factors impacting athlete health and performance;
  • Assessment and support of clinical populations and athletes.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Prescribe exercise for clinical populations;
  • Advanced assessment of clinical populations and athletes.
Key Skills:
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to make practical recommendations;
  • Presentation and communication skills;
  • Advanced integration of information from a range of sources.

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

  • Teaching and learning will be through lectures, guest talks and podcasts, practical sessions and independent reading and preparation;
  • Lectures are intended to enhance knowledge and understanding of key principles, methods and issues;
  • Practical work will permit the student to apply their theoretical knowledge to more practical contexts;
  • Formative assessment will take the form of short tasks within practicals; and students will have involvement in question preparation for guest talks and podcasts. Formative feedback will also be available via tutorial with staff.
  • The summative assignments will require students to examine key principles and issues as they apply to clinical populations and to athletes:
  • Component 1 will include a written clinical exercise prescription programme and justification of the programme.
  • Component 2 will include a 10 minute presentation and reflective report on a topic related to athlete health.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Practical Workshops 5 2 sessions in Term 1 and 3 sessions in Term 2 2 hours 10
Preparation and Reading 169
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written clinical exercise programme 2,500 words 100%
Component: Presentation and Report Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Presentation 10 minutes 70%
Reflective report 500 words 30%

Formative Assessment:

Short tasks within practicals and involvement in question preparation for guest talks and podcasts. Feedback available through tutorials with staff throughout the module.

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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