Exercise Physiology

    Unit code: SCL1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    RBM1174 - Human Physiology or
    RBM1518 - Human Physiology 1 (applicable for HCPT students ONLY) and
    RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2 (applicable for HCPT students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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; and the physiological responses of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular and endocrine systems to exercise. 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.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify, interpret and explain 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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 15%
    Online quizzes
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 15%
    Problem based tests
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Laboratory presentations
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 40%
    One-on-one Practical and Theoretical Verbal Assessment

    Required reading

    Exercise physiology: theory and application to fitness and performance,
    Powers & Howley 2018,| Boston: McGraw-Hill

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