In this unit students gain an in-depth understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved during the acute responses to exercise and chronic adaptations to training. The unit focuses on the mechanisms responsible for the adaptations of the various systems (i.e. cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, endocrine, and neuromuscular) of the human body as a result of exercise and training interventions undertaken in both normal and extreme environmental conditions. The unit also examines the impact of the physiological adaptations induced by exercise and training interventions on human health and human performances. Students are introduced to advances in the different sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, including molecular physiology, metabolism, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, and neuromuscular physiology. During the practical classes, students are familiarised with the laboratory techniques used to measure acute responses to exercise and chronic adaptations of the various systems and training interventions in both normal and adverse conditions (heat and hypoxic conditions are created in the environmental exercise laboratory). During the tutorials, students are given the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and their academic writing skills.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AHE3100

Prerequisites

SCL1002 - Exercise Physiology

RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2

either/or

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Adapt their understanding of the physiological mechanisms to gauge the acute responses to exercise and chronic adaptations to training;  
  2. Evaluate the role played by the responses of the different systems on human health and human performances;  
  3. Analyse, interpret, and discuss results from exercise physiology experiments; and  
  4. Critically analyse the scientific literature in the area of exercise physiology.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Short essay covering theoretical and practical knowledge (assessed within the first six weeks of semester) 17.5%
Essay Three short essays covering theoretical and practical knowledge (3 x 17.5%; assessed between week 6 and week 11 of semester) 52.5%
Examination Final examination (Short/long answer and multiple choice questions) 30%
Hurdle 1: To demonstrate development of placement skills required by the accrediting body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), students are required to attend and complete 80% of laboratory sessions to gain an overall pass in the unit.

Required reading

Exercise Physiology: Theory and application to fitness and performance (9th Ed.)
Powers & Howley (2014).
New York: McGraw Hill.

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