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.

Physiological & Exercise Testing - Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity MED5358

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity and for them to gain practical experience in performing these tests.

Timetable

Online seminars throughout the semester. Lab-based practical sessions will be offered during a Residential Week at the University during the summer.

Requirements of Entry

none

Excluded Courses

MED5346

Assessment

80% written lab report (2500 words approx)

4x5% group tasks to respond to question on topic covered in the block (300 words approx. each)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used tests of cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity

■ Provide students with hands on practical experience of performing these tests and an appreciation of when particular tests are most appropriate

■ Provide students with experience of analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating experimental data

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate, with reference to the relevant literature, the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used tests of cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity

■ Perform a range of tests to determine cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity level

■ Critically review and analyse experimental data generated by these tests

■ Communicate their findings clearly and concisely in a written report

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.