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).

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SCL1002 - Exercise Physiology or

RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply 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 and synthesise scientific literature in exercise physiology and effectively communicate findings to diverse audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Sports Science Blog 30%
Exercise Laboratory Workbooks 40%
Presentation Group Conference Presentation 30%
Hurdle 1: To demonstrate development of 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.

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