SP0737 - Physiology of Strength and Conditioning

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What will I learn on this module?

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge in the context of a small-scale research project. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of teaching and learning strategies, which includes; lectures, practical sessions and independent study. Lectures and seminars will work with students’ pre-understanding and provide key information on the topics of study whereas laboratory practicals will equip you with novel research skills and illuminate the topics studied in a practical context. Learning will be student-driven, with teaching focusing around problem-based learning principles of delivery. The practical sessions take place in Sports Central and seek to support the theoretical components of the module. The assessment will be in the form of a written laboratory report. A problem-based learning approach will be employed whereby you will engage with contemporary questions relating to the topics of study. This approach will facilitate a deeper understanding and more meaningful learning process.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be expected to engage with extensive independent reading and critical discussion with both their peers and members of staff. This will be supported both in-class and by online resources. Support will include feedback from tutors during small-group seminars and tutorials. In addition tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal so that the whole group can benefit.

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:

You will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the physiological factors underpinning strength training and conditioning in sport and exercise science

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

You will be expected to:
1. Critically evaluate the physiology underpinning strength and conditioning activities, and apply this evidence to strength and conditioning practice and research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

You will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of research design in strength and conditioning, and apply this in the context of a small-scale research project

How will I be assessed?

This module requires completion of one piece of summative assessment, being:

Laboratory report (100% weighting, 3000 words, K&U 1, IPSA 1, PVA 1):

You will work in small groups to conduct a small-scale research project to answer an original research question. Data collection will be performed in groups whereas the report will be an individual submission. The assessment will engage you as participants in the research process, providing opportunity to learn, practice and refine your research skills in a topic relevant to the physiology of strength and conditioning.

Formative assessment will be on-going throughout the module. The problem-based learning approach encourages active learning and engagement with the topics under study. The lecturers role is one of facilitator, with feedback given regularly on the success or otherwise of your interaction with the discipline under study, both on an individual and group basis.

The lecturer will be responsible for guiding you in your pursuit of knowledge, providing formative feedback during this process. This will take the form of questions prompting you to question your new knowledge, and verbal feedback on the depth and criticality of your interactions with the topic under study. Written summative feedback will be provided. Both generic (posted to the e-learning portal) and individual summative feedback will be provided on assessment components.

Pre-requisite(s)

n/a

Co-requisite(s)

n/a

Module abstract

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the physiological factors underpinning strength and conditioning practice and research. You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge in the context of a small-scale research project. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function. This module has consistently scored highly in student satisfaction.

What will I learn on this module?

You will critically engage with contemporary issues relating to the physiology of strength and conditioning, and will apply this knowledge in the context of a small-scale research project. Indicative content includes examination of; training responses and adaptations, energy systems (physiology & training), training and competing in extreme environments, exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from training, post-activation potentiation and measurement of neuromuscular function.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years, part-time
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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