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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the physiological responses of the body to various exercise stresses and the adaptations which occur within the body as a result of repeated exposure to these stresses.

Unit content

Lecture content:

  • Skeletal muscle function
  • Circulatory responses to exercise
  • Respiratory responses to exercise
  • Bioenergetics and exercise metabolism
  • Cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Anaerobic power
  • Muscular strength and flexibility
  • Body composition
  • Environmental physiology
  • Fatigue


Laboratory content:

  • Pre-exercise screening and ergometry
  • Heart rate and blood pressure
  • Lung function assessment
  • Energy expenditure
  • Submaximal exercise testing
  • Blood sampling and assessment
  • Anthropometric assessment
  • Body temperature and sweating

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the general physiological responses of the body to various exercise stresses and environmental changes;
2 demonstrate an understanding of typical physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training of different types, duration and intensities;
3 demonstrate a level of competency in using various exercise testing apparatus and methods in assessment of physical fitness and defining physiological responses and adaptations that occur as a result of exercise and training;
4 be able to report and interpret physiological data and address common myths usually associated with exercise performance;
5 demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge necessary for involvement in exercise prescription, training and conditioning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the general physiological responses of the body to various exercise stresses and environmental changes;
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of typical physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training of different types, duration and intensities;
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate a level of competency in using various exercise testing apparatus and methods in assessment of physical fitness and defining physiological responses and adaptations that occur as a result of exercise and training;
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. be able to report and interpret physiological data and address common myths usually associated with exercise performance;
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge necessary for involvement in exercise prescription, training and conditioning.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Powers, S & Howley, E, 2018, Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, 10th edn, McGraw Hill.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.