Physiology & Sports Science BSc/MSci

Physiology and Sports Science 3B BIOL4108

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

You will study human performance in sport & exercise (focusing on metabolism, nutrition and psychology) and complete course block in statistics. 


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

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%). The in-course assessment comprises:

■ 1 x Lab report (10%)

■ 3 x Group presentations (1 x Seminar (10%); 1 x poster & presentation (5%) & 1 x debate (4%)) each with peer assessment.

■ 1 x Written assignment (1 x Essay (6%))

■ 1 x Practical Skills Assessment (1 x (5%))

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ Exercise and Metabolism presentation

■ Sports Psychology poster & presentation

■ Exercise Psychology debate

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, students will be able to:

■ discuss the principles of human metabolism during, and in response to, exercise and other physiological conditions

■ discuss the psychology of promotion of physical activity for health

■ discuss the mental preparation of athletes for sport

■ explain ethical issues in sport and exercise science

■ solve problems of a numerical or logical nature

■ carry out fundamental practical techniques

■ present and interpret results and analyse them using appropriate statistics

■ present information clearly in both written and oral form

■ find original scientific literature and summarise its main findings 

■ search 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.