Human Physiology and Exercise



Year three

An introductory course of lectures in human physiology covering the functions of the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the kidney, fluid balance and thermoregulation. Aims: To provide a course of study in human physiology, and introduce students on the principles of physiological regulation as this applies in healthy resting conditions, exercise and disease. This module provides the backbone of knowledge for advanced study in exercise and health physiology and in specific physiological systems in subsequent years.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Have good working knowledge of human physiology
  • To have gained a knowledge of a number of important physiological systems including the cardio-respiratory, renal, and nervous systems
  • To understand the interactions between those systems
  • To understand how the properties of each physiological system support the ability to sustain the conditions experienced during exercise


Lectures, seminars, tutorials and case study work


Assessment: MCQ Class Test 1 (20%) Laboratory report for 2 practical classes with compulsory attendance (30%total, 15% each) Unseen MCQ Examination (50%) 
Reassessment: MCQ tests SAQs, data analysis and calculations on practical class topics