In this unit students apply their knowledge to demonstrate an understanding of the acute physiological responses to exercise, as well as the chronic physiological responses to exercise training. The unit examines: the calculation of work, power and energy expenditure; the metabolic supply of energy during exercise; the physiological responses of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, thermoregulatory and endocrine systems to exercise; and the physiological responses to training in extreme environments. Students are introduced to practical aspects of exercise physiology through experiments and procedures in the exercise physiology laboratory. This unit is taught from a theoretical, practical and applied perspective to enhance students' understanding of exercise physiology principles.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SCL1002

Prerequisites

RBM1174 - Human Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and interpret the acute physiological responses that occur during exercise and the chronic physiological responses to exercise training;  
  2. Explain the process of the interaction between different physiological systems during exercise;  
  3. Apply practical skills required in exercise physiology laboratory work and research;  
  4. Communicate a clear, coherent and original exposition of knowledge and ideas in exercise physiology; and  
  5. Design exercise based on results from physiological tests.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Online quizzes 20%
Test Problem based tests - In class problem based group 20%
Presentation Laboratory group presentations 30%
Practicum Practical skills and application 30%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 100% 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

Additional Texts: Enoka 2015, Neuromechanics of human movement, 5th edn, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

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