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Module JXH-4007:
Performance Physio

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Jonathan Moore

Overall aims and purpose

To provide a physiological framework for better understanding sports and exercise performance with the purpose of preparing postgraduate students for research or employment outside of an academic / research environment.

Course content

Fatigue and performance
Steroid hormones and performance
Recovery and sleep Infection and immunity in the athlete Optimizing performance in hot and humid conditions
Dietary supplements and the high performance athlete
Pulmonary limitations to performance Cardiac and vascular limitations to performance

Important: Students who fail the module (overall module mark less than 50%) or miss module assessments, will be required to undertake a resit (mark capped art 50%) or first-sit assignment.

Assessment Criteria


Evidence of adequate knowledge and understanding of physiological foundations of sports and exercise performance. Little or no evidence of good subject specific and /or transferable skills


Evidence of good knowledge and understanding of physiological foundations of sports and exercise performance. Evidence of good subject specific and /or transferable skills


Evidence of excellent knowledge and understanding of physiological foundations biological sports and exercise performance. Evidence of excellent subject specific and /or transferable skills

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate systematic understanding in a range of physiological and biochemical factors affecting performance sport

  2. Demonstrate scholarly ability to identify relevant information and to outline existing knowledge

  3. Identify gaps and controversies in existing knowledge

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment, including essay Journal Club

Short review focusing on a research paper relevant to Jonathan's content and published within last 6 months

10 hours effort approx.


Presentation on a topic relating to Immunity / Preparations for heat / Supplementation

10 hours effort approximately

Written assignment, including essay Critique of Research Area

This will involve a guided critique of research area from content delivered by Dr Blanchfield. It should comprise of 4 sections, each consisting of approximately 500 words. Overview: A literature driven overview of the chosen research area Limitations: A literature driven documentation of the current limitations surrounding this research area (in terms of knowledge and experimental design) Future directions: A literature driven section detailing the necessary future directions for this area Design: A brief insight into how you may go about designing an intervention to explore one of your proposed future directions

20 hours effort approx.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

  1. Presentations delivered by an academic staff member.
  2. Q & A. Students will be expected to read key references with the aim of addressing various questions or issues and be ready to discuss them.
Private study
  1. Reading articles before & following class
  2. Presentation readings & preparation, collaboration with other student working on the same topic
  3. Preparation of assessments

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • 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
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

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
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.


Resource implications for students


Talis Reading list

Courses including this module

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Optional in courses: