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On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Appreciate the key evolutionary adaptations of human anatomy for bipedalism.
2. Understand the main anatomical and biomechanical determinants (and limits) of long-distance running performance.
3. Consider the specific physiological demands of the marathon footrace.
4. Apply basic knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics in evaluating the potential for technology to influence running performance.
5. Recognise the opportunity offered by wearable sensors (e.g., activity trackers and GPS-enabled running watches) to garner insights into training behaviours and competitive running performance.
6. Discuss the scientific basis of online (mis-) information sources related to endurance running.
Week 1: Introduction to key concepts (biomechanics, anatomical reference terminology, evolutionary and anthropological principles).
Week 2: The evolution of Human form (anatomy).
Week 3: The biomechanics of human locomotion.
Week 4: The physiology of long-distance running.
Week 5: The marathon footrace as a modern test of endurance running capability.
Week 6: Online MCQ
Week 7: The determinants of marathon performance.
Week 8: The evolution of running footwear.
Week 9: Wearable sensing, ‘digital doping’ and data analytics in marathon running.
Week 10: Means and methods of marathon training (empirical evidence vs ‘expert’ advice)
Week 11: Fueling a marathon: in-race nutrition.
Week 12: Ultra-endurance: ’hitting the wall’ and the limits of human running endurance.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Class Test: An online class test will be conducted in weeks 12-13. The assessment will be conducted through Brightspace||Week 12||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Completion of learning units (including pre-recorded multimedia content and quizzes) in the Virtual Learning Environment (Brightspace)||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: This multiple choice questionnaire exam will be conducted online during week 6 and will assess content presented in online learning materials in weeks 1-5.||Week 6||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Online automated feedback
Students will receive general feedback on their performance during the MCQ and class tests through Brightspace.