Clinical Exercise Physiology

Course code HUBS2503Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

The course is designed to enhance students' understanding of human physiology and develop their understanding of physiological responses to single bouts of exercise as well as the adaptations that occur following regular exercise training. Students will participate in practical sessions to gain an understanding of exercise and physical fitness testing.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the physiological systems stimulated during exercise
2. An understanding of the physiological responses to a bout of physical activity
3. An understanding of the influence of health problems on the capacity to perform exercise
4. An understanding of the role of regular physical activity in the maintenance of health and physical fitness
5. An understanding of the principles of exercise training and the different types of exercise training programs
6. An understanding of the physiological adaptations to regular exercise training
7. An understanding of the need for specific types of exercise programs for people with different health problems
8. Skills in conducting basic fitness physical assessments and exercise tests
9. The role of pre-exercise screening
ContentMajor topics include:
1. Health consequences of sedentary behaviour
2. Types of exercise and physical fitness
3. Pre-exercise screening and fitness testing
4. Principles of exercise training and types of training
5. Skeletal muscle and exercise
6. Neural control of skeletal muscle and neuromuscular disorders
7. Bone health, bone diseases and exercise
8. Energy systems and metabolism during exercise
9. Respiratory function and exercise
10. Cardiovascular function and exercise
11. Respiratory and cardiovascular disorders and exercise
12. Thermoregulation and fluid balance
13. Gastrointestinal and nutrition considerations for exercise
14. Metabolic disorders and exercise
15. Body composition and obesity
16. Anorexia and appetite regulation
17. Mental health and exercise
18. Immune function and exercise
19. Reproductive function and exercise
20. Health benefits and risks of exercise
21. Assessment of physical activity
Replacing Course(s)This course will replace and consolidate components of the following courses:
HUBS2405 Human Structure and Function Part I 20 units
HUBS2406 Human Structure and Function Part 2 20 units
HUBS2517 Physiology for Rehabilitation Therapies 10 units
HUBS2518 Human Physiology for N&D 10 units
HUBS2519 Pathophysiology for Nutrition and Dietetics 10 units
PHTY2050 Pathobiology for Physiotherapy 10 units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1401 Human Bioscience 1A and HUBS1402 Human Bioscience 1B or HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1 and HUBS1404 Biomedical Sciences Part 2 or equivalent.
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid semester examinations.
Examination: FormalAn examination, held in the University formal examination period at the end of semester.

Students must satisfactorily pass the final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HUBS2503