PERS10120 Science of Human Performance I

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to enable the student to understand the fundamentals of the operation of human organ systems as they relate to human performance. Topics covered include an overview of body function, cell structure and biological control systems. The structure and functioning of various physiological systems will also be covered. These will include the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and regulatory systems. Module content will be delivered in the form of lectures supplemented with e-learning activities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Describe the basic structure and function of human cells and organ systems. 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential physiological functions of nervous, musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal physiological systems. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of how these systems operate and interact with each other in relation to human performance.

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative module descriptor for Science of Human performance I
The internal environment and homeostasis, the cell structure
The transport across cell membranes
Control of cells by chemical messenger
The neural tissue, the functional classification of neurons and the membrane potentials The general structure of the nervous system
Principles of Control of body movement
The structure of the skeletal muscle
The sliding filament theory and the mechanic of muscle contraction

The heart anatomy and the cardiac conduction system
The cardiac cycle and the cardiac output
The vascular system The organization of the respiratory system and Mechanic of ventilation
Alveolar gas exchange transport of gases in blood and control of respiration

The kidneys, basic renal functions
The renal clearance and the body balance of sodium and water

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This introductory module will be based mainly on frontal lecture teaching complemented with revision tutorials mostly based on the revision questions that are provided for each lecture. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MDSA10090 - Vascular Biology, MDSA10110 - Renal Biology Med, MDSA20170 - Vascular Biology, MDSA20190 - Renal Biology, PHYS20030 - Organ and Systems Physiology, PHYS20040 - Cell and Tissue Physiology, PHYS30090 - Digestion and Excretion, SMGT10210 - Appl Biology of Sport and Ex

Essentials of Human Performanc (PHTY10070), Sci of Human Perf I (PHTY10120)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Multiple Choice Questionnaire on Bright Space (Assessment, Quizzes) Week 7 n/a Graded No


Examination: Multiple Choice Questionnaire on Bright Space (Assessment, Quizzes) 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feed back is provided on an individual basis when requested

Name Role
Mrs Karen Ryan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Wed 14:00 - 14:50