Advanced Exercise Physiology


This course covers advanced topics in exercise science such as thermoregulation, exercise at altitude, muscle damage and recovery genetics, sport-science specific training, ergogenic aids and fatigue and molecular adaptations to exercise training. Students also explore the findings and implications of current research in Exercise Physiology.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand strategies used to monitor training loads and physiological responses to overtraining and detraining;

2. Describe the physiological principles and biochemical pathways related to muscle fatigue and soreness during and after exercise;

3. Be able to differentiate and explain the normal and abnormal responses to exercise and why they occur;

4. Understand and describe the specific physiological adaptations to a variety of exercise training modalities;

5. Understand and describe the physiological mechanism related to thermoregulation and fluid homeostasis during exercise in either hot or cold exposure;

6. Develop a fundamental understanding of the emerging field of genetics on Exercise Physiology;

7. Demonstrate an ability to write safe and effective exercise prescription plans;

8. Understand the physiology related to valid exercise testing and prescription.


Training monitoring
Recovery strategies
High altitude physiology
Muscle damage and recovery
Ergogenic aids
Genetic adaptations
Physiological adaptations to training


Pre-requisite : Students must have successfully completed EXSS2010 AND EXSS2050 to enrol in EXSS3050.

Assumed Knowledge

EXSS3050 has course prerequisites. Students must successfully complete EXSS2010 (or SPOR2010) and EXSS2050 (or SPOR2010) to enrol in EXSS3050.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Written Assignment: Essays/ Written assignments

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 80% of scheduled laboratories
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction and safety induction (testing equipment usage).

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 x 2hor and 2 x 1 hour laboratories


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term