SP0468 - Energetics of Exercise

What will I learn on this module?

The human body is made up of thousands of chemicals, continuously interacting to sustain life. Chemical reactions underlie all physiological processes, including how your muscles contract, your heart beats and your cells liberate energy from the food you eat. In “Energetics of Exercise” you will study the basic principles of biochemistry that support life and help us understand how your body responds to, and fuels, exercise. You will study the basic principles that underpin the liberation of energy for exercise, how protein, fats and carbohydrates contribute to fuel energy supply and how energy provision differs during exercise lasting from 1 sec to several hours, from the weightlifter to the endurance athlete.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars/workshops and directed reading and lab book tasks. Each week you will receive a lecture, providing a theoretical overview of the weekly content. A laboratory practical will follow, which will provide you with hands on experience of the taught theoretical material delivered in the lecture. Finally, you will attend a tutor supported seminar which will give you the opportunity to engage effectively with the data collected in your laboratory practical sessions. During laboratory practicals you will work in Northumbria’s BASES accredited laboratories, which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. You will be provided with a laboratory practical book at the start of this module. This will facilitate data collection during your laboratory practicals but will also include weekly problem-driven tasks (based on the lab practical content) which will be discussed in the weekly seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support lectures (but not necessarily seminars or laboratory practical’s) will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, however if you have any question or queries about the module content, all staff members provide 4 hours of tutorial support per week. Tutors can be accessed via email, or using the online booking system (youcanbook.me) which can be accessed via your mobile phone or computer.

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:
1. You will be able to identify different cellular and metabolic processes that can lead to the production and utilisation of energy;
2. You will be able to explain key scientific principles which underpin how exercise and nutritional status can affect metabolism.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. You will be able to analyse an individuals diet using first hand dietary analysis principles;
2. You will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of key laboratory assessment strategies that can be used to explore how exercise and nutritional status can affect the regulation of energy producing pathways.

How will I be assessed?

AThere will be two assessments for this module.

1. A 1-hour written exam made up of multiple choice and short answer questions (60%; KU 1,2 IPSA 1,2).
2. An individual written report. You will write up a method and results section for an experiment completed in one of the taught sessions (1000 words). An assessment tab will be made available on Blackboard with a folder containing the brief and a data set to be analysed (40%; KU 1,2 IPSA 1,2).

Formative Feedback
On a weekly basis, during taught laboratory and seminar sessions you will be tasked with completing short answer and MCQ questions. You will be provided with a lab book to facilitate this process and the content will be based on the week’s taught material and reading. The weekly lab book tasks will also familiarise you with the format and content of questions that you will receive in your three online exams. Staff will provide generic feedback in labs and seminars about the quality of performance and progress on these weekly problem-driven tasks.

Summative Feedback
You will receive individual written feedback on your online based exams.




SP0407 Fundamentals of Physiology

Module abstract

‘Energetics of exercise’ will give you an insight into how exercise and nutritional status can affect the regulation of energy producing pathways. You will conduct practical laboratory sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills.

The assessment for the ‘Energetics of exercise’ module is unique in comparison to other first year modules you will study. More specifically, you will complete three online based exams, at three distinct time points throughout the module. The questions will be designed to assess your knowledge of (i) the basics of bioenergetics, (ii) first hand dietary analysis principles and the impact of nutritional status on energy production and (iii) the metabolic regulation of varying exercise demands; topics which will be directly linked to weekly taught material.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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