Exercise Biochemistry and Integrated Metabolism

Unit code: RBM3265 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans
RBM2560 - Medical Biochemistry
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit further expands students understanding of biochemical and molecular changes in the human system in response to various models of exercise stress. The integrated nature of the biochemical, molecular and physiological responses of different organs and systems in homeostatic responses to exercise and training will be examined. Students will also be introduced to aspects of current research literature in exercise metabolism, which are also assisting with positive clinical and general health benefits. Current research literature in the area will be analysed and human research and evaluation will be presented throughout the series of workshops. A practical component expands on basic concepts of metabolism via indirect testing methods and to expose the students to a variety of modern testing techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and explain changes in physiological systems with different and varied exercise challenges and training regimes;
  2. Critically review and explain the physiological and biochemical interaction between the muscle and other tissues following different and varied exercise challenges;
  3. Conceptually map the biochemical events in the muscle during different and varied exercise conditions. Including the integrated physiological and molecular adaptations of training and the interpretation of such events via direct and indirect scientific techniques;
  4. Design, develop and draft a scientific literature review relevant to exercise metabolism; and
  5. Exhibit a satisfactory level of competency in administering practical exercise and metabolic testing.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online tests x 2 (10% each)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Prac Assignment (2000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Abstract (10%) & Oral Presentation (Individual - 10mins - 30%)

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