Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Cellular and Molecular Exercise Physiology MED5338

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide the student with an in depth and critical knowledge of how cell and molecules relate to organ and organismal physiology and how cellular and molecular systems respond to exercise and physical activity. The course will also provide the student with skills and knowledge to evaluate how cellular and molecular adaptations to regular physical activity and exercise training contribute to increased fitness and improved exercise performance

Timetable

Classes are held three times a week over five weeks from February to March

Requirements of Entry

none

Excluded Courses

MED5350

MED5340

MED5352

MED5353

MED5355

Assessment

Assessment

Submission of Critical Review Essay 50% (3000 words)

Oral Presentation 50% (15 minute presentation with feedback from peers and tutors)

Course Aims

To provide the student with an in depth and critical knowledge of how cell and molecules relate to organ and organismal physiology and how cellular and molecular systems respond to exercise and physical activity. The course will also provide the student with skills and knowledge to evaluate how cellular and molecular adaptations to regular physical activity and exercise training contribute to increased fitness and improved exercise performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically discuss the cellular and subcellular structures that make up the organ systems that allow humans to exercise

■ Critically review and evaluate the experimental methods that are used to assess cellular and molecular physiological systems

■ Critically discuss how engaging in exercise and physical activity acutely taxes cellular and molecular systems and how this determines the ability to undertake exercise

■ Critically evaluate how different cellular and molecular systems adapt to regular physical activity and exercise training and how these changes influence the bodily response to regular physical activity and exercise training

■ Critically discuss the effect of different exercise training programmes on different cellular and molecular systems

■ Critically evaluate the evidence that suggests exercise training and physical activity affects cellular and molecular physiological systems

Critically discuss and evaluate areas of uncertainty and gaps of knowledge when linking cellular and molecular physiology to organ and organismal exercise physiology

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.