Modules for course C6AC | MRES/SPEPH
MRes Sport and Exercise Physiology

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • JHB-4000: Research Project (120)
  • JXH-4003: Advance Research Skills (20)
    The module comprises three parts: Part A: Quantitative research design Using an experiential and flipped teaching format, students will read a series of scientific papers to develop their critical understanding of research design, including formulating a question, generating a hypothesis, study designs, sampling methods, ensuring validity and reliability, and good dissemination practices. Both original investigations and review studies will be included. Part B of this module covers material relevant to the analysis of group differences and regression analyses using quantitative methods. Specific content includes: Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions. Regression based analyses: simple and multiple linear regression; curvilinear regression; mediation and indirect effects; moderated hierarchical regression; moderated mediation. Part C: Qualitative research methods and analysis. The qualitative part of the module will address the different philosophical positions underpinning quantitative and qualitative research; qualitative research data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups and observational methods; and qualitative data analysis, including thematic content analysis, grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Semester 2

10 to 20 credits from:

  • JXH-4014: Presentations in statistics (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of a statistical procedure of their choosing (following consultation with the staff member responsible for the module). Towards this end, students will cover (i) relevant background issues, (ii) when to use utilize particular statistical tests, (iii) how to conduct statistical testing via appropriate software, (iv) how to correctly interpret computational output, and (v) how to present the findings following analysis. Students will learn about these themes through a “learning by teaching” paradigm via the progressive development of a podcast.
  • JXH-4015: Peer reviewing scientific (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the peer review publication process. Consequently, students will work closely with a supervisor to perform an initial review of a paper previously submitted (and subsequently published) research article. Following this review, the student will follow the paper along the peer review process. Consequently following discussion of their review with the supervisor, the students will be required to adequately address concerns which have been raised. Collectively this will mean that the student will cover a contemporary research topic in a highly focused and in-depth manner gaining a comprehensive understanding of how to prepare their own manuscripts (e.g., research proposal, dissertation) and how to evaluate the research of others. In order to place their highly specialized knowledge into a more holistic perspective students will also attend the School’s research seminar series.

20 to 30 credits from:

  • JXH-4001: Exercise is Medicine (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This seminar style module explores the theoretical basis of aging on several physiological systems of the body. The module will also discuss the implications of a number of pathological conditions including depression, chronic kidney disease and microvascular disease on health. Students will also gain insights about cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis with a particular focus on blood vessel function. Practical sessions will help students explore techniques used for blood vessel imaging in cardiovascular research, and help provide students with interview and clinical examination skills. The aim of the module is to help provide students with an understanding of the pathophysiology and prevention of lifestyle and age-related diseases.
  • JXH-4007: Performance Physio (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Part A (Semester 1) will commence by reviewing the link between physiology and physical performance. This is followed by detailed examination of endurance activities with emphasis on muscle oxygenation and metabolism and the implications for fatigue. A final consideration will be some alternative models of fatigue in endurance activities. Part B (Semester 2) examines some of the other factors that exert a major influence on performance, such as basic and applied aspects of strength and power, and alterations in immune function.
  • JXH-4018: Sports Injury Rehabilitation (10) (Semester 2)