Module code: BMS2066

Module Overview

This module builds on knowledge of exercise physiology (BMS2063) and an understanding of training methods (BMS1044) by exploring in greater depth how the body adapts to chronic exercise (i.e. from a cellular / molecular to whole body level), the mechanisms responsible and the impact on sports performance. This module evaluates current practice with respect to training and assessments of athletes.  Students will have the opportunity to conduct physiological assessments following BASES sport testing guidelines. There is an option to undertake an industry recognised Personal Training award (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals) alongside this module.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

ROBERTS Harry (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 28

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 14

Practical/Performance Hours: 20

Guided Learning: 26

Captured Content: 49

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Need analysis of sports (research data, informed theory, qualitative analysis).

• Athlete profiling and gap analysis of the athlete.

• Different types of protocols to assess performance.

• Measurement issues.

• Training for the Aerobic/endurance athlete.

• Training for the games player.

• Power training.

• Strength training.

• Speed & agility training.

• Flexibility & mobility training.

• Measures of body composition

• Concurrent training methods and associated issue

• Overtraining, overreaching and the role of monitoring

• Recovery strategies.

• Periodization (classical and modified models)

• Tapering techniques.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual Written Report (1500 words) 50
Oral exam or presentation Individual Electronic Presentation 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the different performance tests used in the assessment of athletic performance. The students is able apply contemporary exercise testing and understand the underlying research that serves as the bases for these tests. Students will furthermore have the ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific validity and different application of wide range of performance tests and the subsequent results that can be obtained from these tests. The assessment will include short reports and feedback on practical’s that allows them to get early feedback on their progress.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A written and detailed needs-analysis of the athletes sport and assessment of the athlete compared to the literature based on a provided case study data. The report has to be submitted in wk7.


Design and presentation of a 12wk training programme (including pre and post intervention assessments) aimed to improve specific performance aspects. An appreciation of the periodised training approach must be present.

This programme has to be presented via an electronic poster. The report has to be submitted in wk11

Formative assessment and feedback of:

  • The ability to collect relevant information from an athlete (through interviews of laboratory testing) and the literature to obtain an understandign of subject specific goals and methods best suited to reach these goals.

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, prepare and safely execute a performance enhancing exercise programme.

  • Have an understanding of the mutlidisciplinary factors that influence adherence to exercise intervention programmes.

Students can obtain formative feedback from a variety of sources:

  • Verbal feedback from academics or demonstrators during practicals

  • Verbal feedback following lectures or during tutorials

  • Mid module practical skills assessment for REPs recognised award

  • Feedback on exercise programme (written feedback on the report and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

Feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn or during tutorials as appropriate generic class feedback to practical reports

Module aims

  • To develop an understanding of the mechanisms in performance-related adaptation to exercise training
  • To examine training techniques from a physiological perspective and consider the role of physiological assessment within a scientific support programme
  • To provide an understanding of the principles and procedures for physiological testing in sports
  • To critically evaluate current practice with respect to the training techniques and assessment of athletes
  • To instil an appreciation of the need for personalised exercise training for performance-related adaptation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Undertake a needs analysis of an athlete (research data, informed theory, qualitative analysis). KC
002 Examine and evaluate different training methods utilised by athletes across a range of sports. KC
003 Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms in performance-related adaptation to exercise training KC
004 Evaluate the relative merits and the possible disadvantages of alternative training strategies
005 Be familiar with widely used exercise assessment tools and procedures to help to determine training status and performance level. KC
006 Perform a wide range of physiological tests on athletes. KPT
007 Critically assess the validity and reliability of physiological assessments KC
008 Analyse and evaluate data obtained from exercise tests and draw conclusions based on these results
009 Develop and execute a performance enhancing exercise programme. KPT
010 Be proficient in all the skills necessary to communicate, interact and stimulate an athlete. KPT

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:

Students will be taught with the use of lectures and tutorials to provide them with further understanding of the concepts of performance assessment and training techniques in a broad range of sports. This knowledge will be integrated into practical classes that are designed to further their understanding of performance training and to provide them with the necessary practical and professional skills to apply these in a laboratory and practical setting. SurreyLearn will extensively be used to inform students and provide them specific contents such as lecture hand-outs, useful links and additional literature. SurreyLearn will also be used to communicate between academics and students to effectively answer questions that are of relevance to all students.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures - 20 hours

  • (pre practical) Tutorial - 5 hours

  • Practical - 15 hours

  • Individual training-plan development

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) 2 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 2022/3 academic year.