Module code: BMS2063

Module Overview

This module builds on the knowledge gained in year 1 of the physical, chemical and biochemical properties of cells and principles of physiology to explore how the body responds and adapts to exercise. The module considers the organisation, regulation, adjustment and integration of physiological systems (and biochemical processes) as they apply to different exercise modalities, intensities and populations. Laboratory sessions help students understand the theory and enable development of practical laboratory skills. Alongside this module there is the option to undertake assessments that contribute towards the attainment of Personal Training awards (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals).

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HUNT Julie (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Learning Hours: 107

Lecture Hours: 27

Seminar Hours: 2

Practical/Performance Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Gastrointestinal tract; digestion and absorption

  • Energy expenditure and its measurement

  • Anaerobic function

  • Aerobic metabolism

  • Liver function

  • Skeletal muscle protein metabolism

  • Exercise intensity domains

  • The respiratory system; control and response to exercise

  • The heart and circulation

  • Muscle function, strength and power

  • Hormonal response to exercise

  • Introduction to molecular exercise physiology

  • Aging physiology

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL LABORATORY SKILLS [GROUP & INDIVIDUAL] Due teaching week 11 50

Alternative Assessment

Where practical laboratory sessions have been missed or reports failed, students will be provided with a new data set to interpret, analyse and report findings. In the event that a student is unable to take part in the practical laboratory examinations, they will have the opportunity to take a second practical exam in the late summer re-sit assessment period.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Their knowledge and understanding of the taught topics and directed study/additional reading

  • Their ability to interpret, analyze and report findings from experimental work 

  • Their proficiency in performing laboratory practical skills and experimental techniques


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework: Practical laboratory skills [individual 1500 words & group practical exam] (50%) – Due Teaching Week 11

Examination:  90 minutes unseen exam containing MCQs and two short essay questions (50%)


Formative assessment and feedback

  • Prior to the assessments, lecture and/or seminar time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process. The marking scheme will be specified, expectations discussed and examples of excellent practice provided for students to make comparisons.

  • Students will have the opportunity to book the laboratory to practice techniques that will be assessed in the practical exam. This process will be peer assessed.

  • Immediately following the practical laboratory exam students will be asked to reflect on their group performance and generic feedback (without mark allocation) will be verbally provided by the examiner.

  • Formative assessments: MCQ theory exam for REPs recognised award (Personal Training)

  • Feedback on practical laboratory skills (written feedback on the report and practical exam and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

  • Feedback on final exam (written feedback on exam scripts, one-to-one feedback, as requested, with generic one-line feedback).

Module aims

  • To develop knowledge on digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  • To develop an intergraded understanding of the physiological responses and biochemical processes during exercise.
  • To develop a critical awareness of the variation of physiological responses in relation to different exercise modalities, intensities and participant populations.
  • To provide an introduction to molecular processes and signal transduction in relation to exercise.
  • To advance practical laboratory skills for assessment of physiological responses and biochemical processes during exercise.
  • To develop transferable skills in communication, leadership and teamwork

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Explain the biochemistry of energy production during muscular exercise K
003 Describe the metabolic functions of the liver K
004 Demonstrate an understanding of the muscle anabolic response to resistance exercise K
005 Describe the regulation, adjustment and integration of physiological responses during exercise K
006 Examine submaximal and maximal anaerobic and aerobic performance. CP
007 Demonstrate an understanding of how the body adapts to exercise by recognizing key signal transduction pathways and gene regulatory mechanisms responsible for adaptation of the (muscle) cell, and identifying the impact this has on whole body function and structure. KC
008 Assess the variation of physiological responses in relation to exercise modality, intensity, and participant population. KC
009 Analyse and interpret data collected from experimental work CPT
001 Describe the structure of the gastrointestinal tract and explain the digestion and absorption of dietary carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. K
010 Appraise the research literature and evaluate experimental methods KC
011 Work productivity both independently and collaboratively as a team in a laboratory setting PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include lectures, seminars and practical work in groups in order to develop subject specific knowledge and practical skills and provide formative feedback, discussion and summative examinations. Students will also be provided directed study, typically involving a weekly set of tasks on SurreyLearn and/or additional reading


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures  (27 hours)

  • Practicals  (11 hours)

  • Workshops (3 hours)

  • Seminars  (2 hours)

  • Formative Assessments [REPs L3 Physiology & Nutrition MCQ exams] (2 hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.