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The World Class Athlete MED5350

  • 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

The aims of this course are: to evaluate the genetic determinants of elite human sporting performance; to evaluate the environmental factors determining elite human sporting performance and; to recognise how both nature and nurture impact on elite human sporting performance.

Timetable

Course will be delivered weekly during teaching weeks 22 - 27

Requirements of Entry

none

Assessment

Assessment

Submission of a 3000 word written report (50% of grade)

3000 word critical review

Course Aims

To provide the student with an in depth critical knowledge and understanding which will enable them to evaluate the genetic determinants of elite human sporting performance and the environmental factors determining elite human sporting performance. The course will also enable the student to recognise how both nature and nurture impact on elite human sporting performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically discuss and evaluate the human gene map of health-related fitness

■ Critically review factors influencing elite human sporting performance, both genetic and non-genetic

■ Critically evaluate the evidence underpinning the current preparation of the elite athlete for maximal performance

■ Critically review how application of a holistic multidisciplinary approach can be used to maximise elite sporting performance

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.