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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 module is intended to: 1) provide learners with a physiological framework for better understanding sports and exercise performance; 2) develop higher level subject specific and transferable skills; 3) prepare postgraduate students to meet the requirements of research, or employment outside of an academic / research environment

Course content

The content will be based around: Fatigue and performance, Steroid hormones and performance, Recovery and sleep, The training process, Sports-related workload management, athlete monitoring and preventing overtraining, 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 Critique of a topic from semester one

You are required to write a balanced discussion and evaluation of strengths, weaknesses and applicability to performance physiology of a topic related to content covered in semester 1. A suggested sequence for the ‘critical review’ or ‘critique is: Section 1: A brief literature driven synthesis of your chosen topic Section 2: An overview of the current limitations that exist Section 3: Future directions for research in this topic Section 4: Devise an experimental design to test one of these future directions OR Discuss the applied implications of this topic for a sport practitioner 20 hours effort approx.

GROUP PRESENTATION Presentation for performance director

You are required to give an oral presentation to a high performance director from a sport of your choice. With reference to content delivered by Dr Jonathan Moore and/or Dr Julian Order, prepare and deliver a preparation strategy for optimizing athletic performance in the chosen sport. The format will involve two or three students presenting face-to-face, or online if required, with a follow up question and answer session. The focus of the assessment will be the capability to present information logically and coherently at the appropriate level that is of most benefit to the performance director.
20 hours effort approx.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


In-line with Bangor University's response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the approach will combine blended learning and flipped classroom on-line delivery. Learners work through the concepts in real time webinars with guidance from academic staff. Activities will include open discussions or work on tasks in smaller groups in online breakout rooms. Learning relies on independent study skills and full enagement with online and other learning activities assigned by the tutor.

Private study

Directed and self-directed learning (e.g., reading, preparing for assignments, watching other video resources, working with your fellow students on learning activities).


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: