Module code: BMS2063

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HUNT JE Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 28

Seminar Hours: 6

Laboratory Hours: 18

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL LABORATORY REPORT [1500 WORDS] 30

Alternative Assessment

Where practical laboratory sessions have been missed or reports failed, students will be provided with a new data set to interpret, analyse and report findings. In the event that a student is unable to take part in the practical laboratory examinations, they will have the opportunity to take a second practical exam in the late summer re-sit assessment period.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module builds on the knowledge gained in year 1 of the physical, chemical and biochemical properties of cells and principles of physiology to explore how the body responds and adapts to exercise. The module considers the organisation, regulation, adjustment and integration of physiological systems (and biochemical processes) as they apply to different exercise modalities, intensities and populations. Laboratory sessions help students understand the theory and enable development of practical laboratory skills. Alongside this module there is the option to undertake assessments that contribute towards the attainment of Personal Training awards (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals).

Module aims

To develop an intergraded understanding of the physiological responses and biochemical processes during exercise

To provide an introduction to molecular processes and signal transduction in relation to exercise

To develop a critical awareness of the variation of physiological responses in relation to exercise modality, intensity, environmental conditions and population

To advance practical laboratory skills for assessment of physiological responses and biochemical processes during exercise

To develop transferable skills in communication, leadership and teamwork

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the biochemistry of energy production during muscular exercise ( K
Describe the regulation, adjustment and integration of physiological responses during exercise K
Examine submaximal and maximal anaerobic and aerobic performance CP
Demonstrate an understanding of how the body adapts to exercise by recognizing key signal transduction pathways and gene regulatory mechanisms responsible for adaptation of the (muscle) cell, and identifying the impact this has on whole body function and structure (K,C) KC
Assess the variation of physiological responses in relation to exercise modality, intensity, environmental settings and population KC
Analyse and interpret data collected from experimental work CPT
Appraise the research literature and evaluate experimental methods KC
Work productivity both independently and collaboratively as a team in a laboratory setting PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Gastrointestinal tract; digestion and absorption
Energy expenditure and its measurement
Anaerobic function
Aerobic metabolism
Exercise intensity domains
Introduction to molecular exercise physiology
Muscle function, strength and power
The respiratory system; control and response to exercise
Hormonal response to exercise
The heart and circulation
Aging and disease

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include lectures, seminars and practical work in groups in order to develop subject specific knowledge and practical skills and provide formative feedback, discussion and summative examinations. Students will also be provided directed study, typically involving a weekly set of tasks on SurreyLearn and/or additional reading


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures  (15 x 2 hours)
Practicals  (6 x 2 hours)
Workshops (3 x 1 hour)
Seminars  (3 x 2 hours)
Formative Assessments [REPs L3 Physiology & Nutrition MCQ exams] (2 x 1 hour)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their knowledge and understanding of the taught topics and directed study/additional reading
Their ability to interpret, analyze and report findings from experimental work 
Their proficiency in performing laboratory practical skills and experimental techniques


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Practical laboratory report [1500 words] (30%) – Due Teaching Week 9


Practical laboratory examination [Group work; performance testing] (30%) – Due Teaching Week 11



120 minutes unseen exam containing MCQ, SAQ and two short essay questions (40%)


Formative assessment and feedback

Prior to the assessments, lecture and/or seminar time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process. The marking scheme will be specified, expectations discussed and examples of excellent practice provided for students to make comparisons.
Students will have the opportunity to book the laboratory to practice techniques that will be assessed in the practical exam. This process will be peer assessed.
Immediately following the practical laboratory exam students will be asked to reflect on their group performance and generic feedback (without mark allocation) will be verbally provided by the examiner.
Formative assessments: MCQ theory exam for REPs recognised award (Personal Training)

Feedback on practical laboratory report (written feedback on the report and one-to-one feedback, as requested)
Feedback on final exam (written feedback on exam scripts, one-to-one feedback, as requested, with generic one-line feedback).

Reading list

Reading list for EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2063

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.