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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

General physiological responses and adaptations to exercise:
Control of internal environment
Skeletal muscle function
Circulatory function
Respiratory function
Bioenergetics and exercise metabolism
Acid-base balance
Temperature regulation
 
Physiology of physical performance and training:
Aerobic endurance
Anaerobic power
Muscular strength
Body composition
Flexibility
Factors affecting performance
Exercise prescription for health and fitness
Ergogenic aids
 
Assessments for physical fitness and performance:
Introduction to Exercise Physiology Laboratory
Factors that affect muscle strength
Cardiovascular responses to exercise
Ventilation responses to exercise
Calorimetry
Body temperature changes during exercise
Submaximal tests for cardiovascular-respiratory fitness
Graded exercise test for cardiovascular-respiratory fitness
Assessment of anaerobic power and capacity
Assessment of muscular strength and endurance
Assessment of flexibility
Assessment of body composition

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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; Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate an understanding of typical physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training of different types, duration and intensities; Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
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; Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 be able to report and interpret physiological data and refute the fallacies usually associated with exercise performance; Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
5 demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge necessary for involvement in exercise prescription, training and conditioning. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline

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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of typical physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training of different types, duration and intensities;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  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: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. be able to report and interpret physiological data and refute the fallacies usually associated with exercise performance;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge necessary for involvement in exercise prescription, training and conditioning.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Powers & Howley, 2011, Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, 8th edn, McGraw Hill.
  • Zhou, S, 2011, Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, Southern Cross University.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.