SP5002 - Extreme Physiology

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will study the limitations to physiological function within the framework of extreme environments and fatiguing exercise. Specifically you will study the responses and adaptations to exercise in extreme temperatures and at altitude, and how the human body manages the threat to homeostasis by studying the physiology of fatigue. With support from staff and peers you will design, conduct and report an original research study to answer a question on the aetiology of fatigue during exercise in an extreme environment. Through engaging with the research process, you will learn what is required of a scientist conducting research.

How will I learn on this module?

Your taught lectures will provide a theoretical framework and knowledge of the environments under study. During practical sessions you will conduct a series of experiments to study the physiological responses to exercise in extreme environments. As the module progresses you will transition toward an increasingly independent researcher, capable of designing and conducting experiments, and able to oversee experiments and ensure the reliable collection of data in various exercise models. During team-taught workshops you will work with the data you collect during practicals to answer questions relating to the limitations to exercise performance during extreme environments, and learn how to appropriately analyse, summarise and communicate data to an academic audience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

An introductory lecture will put the module into context with the rest of your degree programme, explain how your study will progress on the module and describe how, through engagement in the module, you will begin to learn and acquire the skills of a research scientist in a sport and exercise context. The module is structured in a manner that prepares you for the assessment by engaging with the research process throughout, with a gradual withdrawal of tutor input and an increasing expectation of independent practise and study. During team-taught workshops you will work with data and practise writing sections of lab reports, and receive peer and tutor formative feedback on your work. In the second half of the module you will work through the entire research process; conception of an idea and design of a study; recruitment of participants and collection of data during timetabled practicals; analysis, interpretation and reporting of data for your final assignment. Throughout this process your tutors will act as research assistants and mentors. You will be expected to independently analyse, interpret and report the data collected during laboratory sessions for your final lab report, with peer and tutor support available via an online discussion board. The eLP will be used to host teaching material, recorded lectures and video tutorials that demonstrate techniques to present and analyse data.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. understand and apply the physiological factors that challenge exercise capability in different environmental conditions
2. Engage with the research process to design, conduct, interpret and report on an original experiment in environmental physiology

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. function effectively as part of a research team to design and conduct an original research project
2. independently communicate the results of an original research study in a format suitable for an academic audience

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. engage in a questioning and critical approach to learning in the context of the research process

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment requires you to design, conduct and report an experiment that assesses the effect of an environmental challenge on the physiological response to exercise and the development of fatigue. The report of the experiment will be submitted as a manuscript to a sport science journal, and will include a cover letter (500 words) and manuscript (2000 words). This process mirrors that which is required of a research scientist.

You will design & conduct the experiment in small groups to collect your own data during timetabled laboratory sessions, and then subsequently analyse these data and write your report individually.

This assessment addresses all of the module learning outcomes.

Formative assessment:
Throughout the module you will engage with all elements of the research process. Peer and tutor feedback will be provided during team taught workshops, where you will practise analysing, interpreting and reporting data from your experiments. This experience will prepare you to effectively design, conduct and report on your own study for your assessments

Indication of how you will get feedback and how this will support your learning

You will receive feedback via:

Written comments on assessed work highlighting the strengths of the work and areas for improvement, with advice on how to improve future submissions.

Formative feedback during team-taught workshops, and during laboratory sessions. Emphasis will be on providing support to develop confidence in your ability as a research scientist, with a gradual transition to a greater degree of independence in your approach to “doing” research.

An online discussion board on the eLP will be used, specifically for question and answer on the assessment.





Module abstract

On this module you will study the limitations to performance in environmental extremes of cold, heat and altitude. Working in our state of the art environmental chamber, you will design, conduct and report an original experiment to answer a novel question in sport and exercise science. Through the module you will transition toward becoming an increasingly independent research scientist, capable of working through all aspects of the research process. This module will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue postgraduate study at Masters and PhD level and a career in academia.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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