Each student must submit a critical appraisal of the scenario provided below. It is recommended that you use headings that correspond to each of the required section / component
You have been approached by a male swimmer (age 35 years, 1.85 m tall, 24% body fat) who is planning an English Channel swim attempt. He is a regular ‘good club swimmer’ swimming five times a week for one hour each time. He has not yet undertaken open water swimming. Your role is to provide background information, testing and training guidance and physiology support in preparations for his attempt. The swimmer has sufficient funds to cover the crossing fee.
Firstly;Undertake a review of thedemands of channel swimming discussing both the key physical and physiological considerations for such a task.
Secondly;Provide a scientific overview of the underlying physiology of open water / cold water swimming and apply this, where possible, to Channel swimming.
Thirdly; Provide a detailed training regime over a specified training duration to help prepare the swimmer for the crossing attempt.
Within the essay (2000 words) you need to; (NB: approximate words / weighting in brackets)
- Undertake a review of the demands of channel swimming discussing the key physical and physiological considerations for such a task. (30%).
- Provide a scientific overview of the underlying physiology of open water / cold water swimming and apply this, where possible, to Channel swimming. (35%)
- Provide a detailed training regime over a specified training duration to help prepare the swimmer for the crossing attempt. (25%)
- Discuss any limitations of your chosen approach and its practicalities (10%)
- Write scientifically and clearly, proof read your work before submitting.
- Provide correct referencing to appropriate scientific literature throughout.
- Include a word count. Do not include the references section in your word count
Mapping to Module and Course Learning Outcomes
The intended learning outcomes are that, on completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an ability to apply exercise physiology knowledge to appraise current thought, theories and practices within exercise physiology.
- formulate informed opinion on specific training practices.
- critically review specific chronic exercise physiology practices to improve performance (e.g. acclimation to heat, cold and altitude).
- demonstrate an understanding of acute physiological interventions that may or may not affect exercise performance (cooling, blood doping, supplements).
This piece of coursework assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and provides the basis from which to achieve learning outcome 5.
Expected Student Effort Hours
This is a 20-credit module with twoassessments. For a 20-credit module with one written coursework element 15 to 25 hours are to be spent directly on producing the written coursework (CW1). Thus this duration is the guide time you are likely to spend completing the project proposal template. However, PLEASE NOTE that at 20-credit module is aligned to 200 hours of effort in total. In addition to teaching contact time this leaves significant scope for, amongst other things, locating, reading, analysing and synthesising information in relation to developing your understanding and expertise around producing your critical appraisal
Guidance on Word limits for written coursework
The word limit for this assignment is 1500 words. General guidelines for each section are provided above (as a %)
If you exceed this word limit by more than 10% ie if you exceed 1650 words then you will be penalised by deduction of 10% of your final mark. You should state your word count at the end of your work.