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Module JXH-2038:
Physiological assess skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Kevin Williams

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to provide students with core physiological testing skills and to ensure a sufficient level of understanding through academic and practical experience.

Course content

  • Anthropometry, Somatotyping and Bodycomposition Assessments
  • Blood Pressure and Pre Screening.
  • Indirect Maximal Oxygen Uptake Procedures
  • Direct Maximal Oxygen Uptake Procedures
  • Spirometry (Closed Loop and Open Loop)
  • Capillary Blood Sampling (Hematocrit, Heamoglobin, Blood Lactate)
  • Methods of Assessing Aerobic Endurance Performance
  • Methods of Assessing Anaerobic Power and Capacity
  • Flexibility Assessments
  • Communication Skills
  • Interactive and Group Skills
  • Data interpretation
  • Application of theory into practice
  • Assessing safety and ethical issues

Assessment Criteria


  • C (50-59%) Mediocre – A clearer understanding of assignment requirements. Demonstrated ability to complete all tests. Evidence of physiological understanding with few inaccuracies and misconceptions evident. Tests may have needed more rehearsal as well as providing more detailed instruction for the participant. Clearer understanding of safety considerations.

  • B (60-69%) Good/Very Good– A very good understanding of assessment requirements. Demonstrated ability to complete all tests. A clearer understanding of physiological concepts. Very few inaccuracies and misconceptions evident. Well-rehearsed with sufficient instruction. A very good understanding of safety considerations.


  • A (70-100%) Excellent - An excellent understanding of assessment requirements. Demonstrated ability to complete all tests and excellent responses provided to theoretical questions. No inaccuracies and misconceptions evident. Very well-rehearsed with excellent communication and instruction. An excellent understanding of safety considerations.


  • F (0-29%) Very poor/fail – Failure to successfully perform physiological assessments with mostly irrelevant or incorrect responses to theoretical questions. Little or no instruction provided to participants.
  • E (30-39%) Poor – Insufficient understanding of the Physiological assessments and the corresponding theoretical concepts. Little instruction provided to participants.
  • D (40-49%) Pass - Basic understanding of the physiological assessments and theoretical concepts. Test may be partially complete or accuracy may be questionable. Limited physiological understanding. Poorly rehearsed and therefore lacks direction and depth. Inaccuracies and misconceptions evident. Basic instruction and communication with participant. Basic understanding of safety considerations.

Module failure that prevents you passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in a number of core laboratory based physiological assessments, while demonstrating effective communication and an awareness of safety considerations


  2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of physiological concepts relating to each test and how the data can be interpreted and applied.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Practical examination 100
Formative MCQ 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Interactive laboratory sessions with a theoretical introduction and practical application

Private study

Background Reading, Laboratory Preparation, MCQ formative assessments and Supervised preparation for the examination


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • demonstrate effective robust data collection methods


Reading list

  • Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription - Vivian H. Heyward, Ann L. Gibson , 2014
  • Physiological tests for elite athletes - Rebecca K. Tanner, Christopher John Gore, Australian Institute of Sport, c2013
  • ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription - Linda S. Pescatello, American College of Sports Medicine, c2014
  • Kinanthropometry and exercise physiology laboratory manual: tests, procedures, and data
  • Roger G. Eston, Thomas Reilly, 2009
  • Physiological assessment of human fitness - Peter J. Maud, Carl Foster, c2006
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology Testing: Guidelines : The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guide - Edward M. Winter, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, 2006

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