Physiology and Sports Science 3A BIOL4107

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

You will study the physiological adaptations to exercise, and biomechanics, focusing on the cardio-respiratory and skeletomuscular systems  and complete specialist courses in statistics and skills in science.


Lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, seminars etc as organised.

Requirements of Entry

Normally, this course is only open to students admitted to Level-3 of a programme for which this is a compulsory course. The course may also be available to visiting students, at the discretion of the School's Chief Adviser.

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by means of a 3-hour examination paper (60%) in the spring diet and in-course assessment (40%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment is NOT available for:


■ Full Laboratory Report

■ Statistics (Full Laboratory Report) 

■ Skills in Science (tutorial work & peer assessment) 

■ Muscle & Biomechanics class test 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

■ To provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of Physiology and Sports Science

■ To develop practical skills and introduce laboratory techniques

■ To develop skills relating to the systematic acquisition of factual information and data

■ To develop the ability to solve problems and to analyse, interpret and discuss factual information and data

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course you should be able to:


Demonstrate a broad understanding of the central facts and the experimental basis of modern Physiology and Sports Science, especially giving thorough accounts of:


■ respiratory function, at rest and in exercise

■ cardiovascular function, at rest and in exercise

■ human muscle function and its neural control


and more briefly to discuss:


■ biomechanics of basic movements


and to demonstrate practical competence in:


■ solving problems of a numerical or logical nature in the context of this understanding

■ practical skills in fundamental techniques

■ presenting and interpreting results obtained from using these techniques

■ analysing results using appropriate statistics

■ presenting information clearly in both written and oral form

■ finding original scientific literature in the library and analysing the data

■ using a computer to prepare documents, including graphs and diagrams

■ searching on-line databases

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.