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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

• A thorough understanding of how the human body functions underpins all subject areas in the study of Sport, Exercise Sciences and Physiotherapy. Physiology deals with the coordinated activities of cells, tissues, organs and systems. In this module students are introduced to the basics of several human physiological systems and the integration of these systems to maintain homeostasis. • The module introduces the student to the anatomical structures involved in human movement, as well as providing an understanding of their mechanics in the production of functional and sporting activities. Students will apply an understanding of human anatomy to the measurement and assessment of movement. • The module also introduces students to exercise prescription as well as measurement of different fitness components in the field.


Physiology: Coordination of cells, tissues, organs and systems; structure and function of human physiological systems; integration of physiological systems in maintaining homeostasis. Functional anatomy: Planes and axes of movement. Skeletal system: axial, appendicular, bone types, modelling. Articular system: joint types, function. Musculo system: fibre properties, contraction types, actions, components. Muscle & bony palpation, origins and insertions. BMI, skinfolds. Range of motion. Exercise Prescription: Components of fitness related to sport; field testing of fitness components; principles of training; exercise prescription.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

• Define key concepts in human physiology. • Describe and illustrate key functional anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous physiological systems • Understand the threshold concept of homeostasis and the physiological processes which integrate to maintain homeostasis • Analyse and interpret human physiological data and relate to physiological processes • Develop an understanding of anatomy relating to the musculo-skeletal system. • Demonstrate an understanding of how the musculo-skeletal systems function in daily functional, physical and sporting activities. • Develop knowledge and understanding of key principles of exercise prescription and their application in field-based situations. • Develop an understanding of health and skill-related fitness components and appropriate tests to measure each component. • Explain the contribution of lever systems to movement created by the musculo-skeletal system

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

•Value a willingness to work independently and as a member of a team. •Participate in class discussions with colleagues and with teachers.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

• Calibrate and use laboratory equipment to collect accurate human physiological data • Demonstrate competency in the basic skills of anthropometric testing and recording results. • Identify and palpate bony landmarks and muscles on a skeleton, self and others. • Demonstrate competency in the basic skills of effective measurement across a range of fitness components, recording and interpreting the results.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, labs and other learning experiences. In a commitment to the University Graduate Attributes this module will focus on enabling students to acquire and display the following graduate attributes: • Knowledgeable • Creative • Collaborative • Articulate

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

ACSM (2010) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription (8th Ed) , Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Floyd, R.T. and Thompson, C.W. (2008) Manual of Structural Kinesiology (15th Ed) , McGraw Hill
Stanfield C.L. (2011) Principles of Human Physiology , Benjamin Cummings
Saladin (2011) Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function (6th Ed) , McGraw-Hill

Other Relevant Texts:

Alter, M.J. (2004) Sport Stretch (3rd Ed) , Human Kinetics
Kaminsky, L.A. (2005) ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (5th Ed) , Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Kendall, F.P., McCreary, E.K., Provance, P.G., Rodgers, M. M. and Romani, W.A. (2005) Muscles: Testing and Function (5th Ed) , Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Palastanga, N., Field, D. and Soames, R. (2006) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function (5th Ed) , Butterworth-Heinemann
Rhoades R., Pflanzer R. (2003) Human Physiology (4th Ed) , Thomson Brooks Cole
Stone, R.J. and Stone, J.A. (2008) Atlas of Skeletal Muscles (6th Ed) , Wm. C. Brown
Wirhead, R. (2006) Athletic Ability and Anatomy of Motion (3rd Ed) , Mosby

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BSSESCUFA - Sport and Exercise Sciences

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