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In this unit students apply their knowledge to demonstrate an understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise, as well as the physiological basis of exercise performance. The unit examines: the metabolic supply of energy to exercising muscle; the acute responses of the cardiovascular, respiratory, thermoregulatory, neural, endocrine and muscular systems to exercise; and the chronic physiological responses to exercise training. Students are introduced to practical aspects of exercise physiology through experiments and procedures in the exercise physiology laboratory. Practical sessions cover topics such as: cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, metabolism at rest and during exercise and maximal oxygen consumption. This unit is taught from both a theoretical and practical perspective to enhance students' understanding of exercise physiology principles.

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RBM1174 - Human Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and determine concepts associated with the acute physiological responses to exercise;  
  2. Explain the process of the interaction between muscle metabolism, the endocrine and cardiorespiratory systems;  
  3. Examine the chronic physiological responses to exercise training;  
  4. Apply practical skills required in exercise physiology laboratory work and research; and,  
  5. Design exercise based on results of physiological tests.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Short Answer Test 20%
Laboratory Work Practical Assessment 20%
Report Exercise Prescription 20%
Test Final Test 40%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of laboratory sessions. Hurdle 2: Successful completion of the practical assessment test. To demonstrate practical skills required for professional registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), students must attend practical classes and demonstrate competence on the practical assessment.

Required reading

Exercise physiology: theory and application to fitness and performance, 9th edn,
Powers & Howley 2015,
Boston: McGraw-Hill

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