Module JXH-2013:
Health Physiology

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Andrew Lemmey

Overall aims and purpose

Understand the aetiology, epidemiology and physiology of principle "lifestyle" diseases and appreciate the potential role of physical activity/exercise/physical fitness in reducing the risk of getting these diseases.

Course content

Understand the aetiology, epidemiology and physiology of principle "lifestyle" diseases and appreciate the potential role of physical activity/exercise/ physical fitness in reducing the risk of getting these diseases.

Module failure that prevents you passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC but expected to be second week of July 2018)

Assessment Criteria


Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.


Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and stuctured. Good understanding of the material.


Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of the principal "lifestyle" diseases and appreciate the role of exercise in reducing the risk of getting these diseases.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a potential role for physical activity and/or physical fitness in the amelioration of risk for selected "lifestyle" diseases.

  3. Construct a basic risk profile (including the measurement and interpretation of selected risk indicators - cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, and waist: hip ratio etc.)

  4. Demonstrate understanding of pathophysiological processes.

  5. Demonstrate the understanding of physiological markers for the assessment of health.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

MCQ exam

EXAM Summer exam

short answer, essay answers


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Lectures, student interaction encouraged

Private study

Exam preparation, private study


Laboratory practicals on body composition, spirometry, and blood gases. satisfactory completion of practicals is a course requisite


Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions


Reading list

Recommended: Clinical Exercise Physiology (3rd/4th edition; Human Kinetics)

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: