Postgraduate Course: Environmental Factors in Sport (EDUA11333)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||As interest in training for sport performance increases, it is important to consider the implications for athletes training and competing in a variety of environments. For example, climate, altitude and time zones can not only impact directly on sporting performance, but also on training. This course will explore the differing physiological responses to exercise across time zones and in extreme environments (heat, cold, humidity, altitude). Informed judgements will be made regarding how this must be accounted for in training and for sports performance through acclimation/acclimatisation and planning travel for athletes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 hour exam - 100% of coursemark
||Informal Feedback - This takes place during class sessions throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.
Formative Feedback - During the course there will be an organised exam preparation session. In advance you will be asked to complete parts of a previous paper and then in class you can compare your responses with the model answers. This will be combined with general advice regarding preparation for the exam.
Summative Feedback - Following the return of exam marks we will also hold an exam feedback session when you can see general cohort feedback about each question, but also your own exam script with a few annotated comments and the marking guidelines. The aim is to help you to learn how best to prepare for remaining exams.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the physiological underpinnings of the response to travel and extreme environments and how training and performance can be affected.
- Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge about how to account for environmental factors in training and performance, including the adaptations observed in acclimatisation/acclimation to environmental stressors.
- Develop evidence-based recommendations for managing athletes in challenging environments and with travel.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||During this course students will have the opportunity to:
- search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature and information in order to develop their knowledge and understanding relating to strength and conditioning
- critically question current strength and conditioning knowledge and training recommendations and how they relate to global challenges (e.g., health issues vs. performance)
- recognise diversity of opinion in strength and conditioning, reflecting and evaluating this range and formulating justified and evidence-based ideas for application
- reflect on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments in strength and conditioning
- transfer knowledge, skills and abilities from one professional context to another (e.g., sports vs. health context, or between different sports)
|Course organiser||Prof John Sproule
Tel: (0131 6)51 6135
|Course secretary||Mr George Adams
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206