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Sport Science MA, Exercise physiology II, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: IV007A
Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Health Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/22/2010
Date of change: 9/19/2016
Version valid from: 9/15/2016


The course aims to develop understanding of the way that the human body adapts to the surrounding environment and to acute and chronic training. Specifically, the course covers the regulation of energy metabolism, respiration, cardiovascular system and muscle function and their roles in exercise performance.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
• Advanced knowledge of physiological factors affecting sporting performance and their mechanisms.
• Mechanistic understanding of the relationship between fatigue and sporting performance.
• Thorough knowledge of environmental influences on performance and physiological adaptations to extreme environments.
• The ability to critically evaluate, review and present research in exercise physiology.


• Energy systems
• Cardiovascular responses to exercise
• Respiration and acid/base balance
• Fatigue, performance and training
• Environmental physiology
• Laboratory work and seminars

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree of minimum 180 credits (including a degree project of at least 15 credits or equivalent foreign degree) in sports science, physical education, physical therapy, medicine, biology or equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching methods include online-recorded lectures and campus-based teaching including laboratory work and seminars. The course also includes independent work in the form of written assignments.

Examination form

The course is examined through an individual written assignment and active participation in seminars and laboratory sessions.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Kenney, W. L., Costill, D. L., & Wilmore, J. H.
Title: Physiology of sport and exercise
Edition: 2012
Publisher: Human Kinetics

Reference literature

Author: Maughan, R. J., & Gleeson, M.
Title: The biochemical basis of sports performance
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer.

Scientific articles will be provided during the course.

Other information

Selection is made in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.