SP5005 - Physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health

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What will I learn on this module?

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of running a wide variety of physiological assessments ranging from working with clinical populations with limited exercise capability through to elite athletes and sportspersons.

At the end of the module successful students should be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the limitations of a variety of physiological tests;
3. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of exercise physiology tests;
4. Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through formal, but interactive, lectures which will provide the main theoretical and conceptual information. These taught sessions will be supported by structured, small-group, practical laboratory workshops with a strong applied emphasis, seminars, and discussions. The concepts of data stability, validity, and reliability are embedded throughout this module, and you will take part in laboratory workshops that will provide you with the opportunity to discuss potential errors arising from the data collection process. In seminars you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in critically evaluating the data collection and analysis employed in existing research articles.

A broad range of physiological testing procedures will be discussed, demonstrated and practised on this module. The successful student will become aware of the different aspects of fitness and health that the various tests can be used to assess, as well as the different contexts in which it would be appropriate to apply them, such as in talent identification, health screening, and assessing the impact of an intervention.

The written assessment of this module will test your ability to work effectively with a partner, identify the main health needs and physiological demands of an athlete or a non-sporting individual, interpret physiology testing data, and critique a broad range of physiological testing procedures. The practical assessment of this module will also test your ability to work with a partner, and your ability to perform some of the more frequently-used physiological techniques.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During the first week, you will be introduced to the module, and its’ administrative procedures and assessment requirements.

Support materials for sessions will be available to you on BlackBoard; including the lecture slides, suggested reading, access to interactive digital resources and websites, and other useful resources such as discussion boards. For further support on taught sessions you can access the tutors for one-to-one discussions and tutorials via the online tutorial booking system.

Preparation for the practical assessment will take place in specific focused workshops where you will be able to practise using relevant equipment under supervision. These practise sessions will give you the opportunity to ask assessment-related questions.

Written feedback will be provided for the written assessment. A generic feedback session will also take place for each assessment.

You will receive formative and summative feedback on submitted and practical work, and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have with the module tutor.

There is also comprehensive help available in the university library on a wide range of generic academic topics such as: academic writing, statistics, report writing, referencing, and how to hone your presentation skills.

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. Critically discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of physiological tests.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Safely perform a range of physiological testing procedures;
2. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of physiological testing procedures.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. 1. Work effectively with a partner to complete a case study-based written assignment and a laboratory-based practical assessment.

How will I be assessed?

1. Case study-based written assignment conducted in pairs (worth 50%)

For this assignment, students will be presented with two case studies; one for an athlete/sportsperson and one for a sedentary individual. Working with a partner, you will be required to select one of the case studies and write a 1,000-word assignment comprising three parts: (i) a brief overview of the sporting demands or health considerations of the case study; (ii) an evaluation of the physiological tests that have been used, and; (iii) an interpretation of the data set.

2. Laboratory-based practical assessment conducted in pairs (worth 50%)

The purpose of this assignment is to examine your ability to perform some of the more frequently-used tests within the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. This will require you to explain the test(s) to your client, calibrate the equipment to be used during the test (if relevant) and to conduct the test correctly through the appropriate use of the equipment and application of the test protocol. You will be required to work with a partner to explain and deliver the tests, however, each student will receive an individual mark.

Dedicated assessment sessions will be scheduled into the module to afford you the opportunity to practise the physiological tests and ask assignment-related questions. Written feedback will be provided for both assessments. A generic feedback session will also take place for each assessment, and general feedback will be provided.

Pre-requisite(s)

SP0407

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of: (i) Discussing and evaluating the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools; (ii) Identifying the limitations of a variety of physiological tests; (iii) Analyse and interpret the data from a range of physiological tests, and; (iv) Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

Course info

UCAS Code CB64

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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