The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course covers the fundamentals of Exercise Physiology. Topics covered include energy systems for exercise, neuromuscular function, endocrine, cardiovascular and ventilatory responses to exercise. The course also includes applied topics such as fatigue and adaptations to exercise training.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the processes by which energy is obtained, stored, transferred and used during exercise;

2. Explain the effects that environmental factors have on physiological systems during exercise;

3. Describe the structure and function of muscles;

4. Describe the normal physiological response to exercise (neuromuscular, metabolic, endocrine, cardiovascular and ventilatory) and explain why they occur;

5. Explain the physiological and biochemical systems that regulate these responses;

6. Discuss the limitations to exercise performance (fatigue) for a variety of exercise intensities and durations;

7. Explain the physiological adaptations to a variety of exercise training modalities;

8. Understand the aetiology and physiological basis of lifestyle diseases and the effects of physical activity on these;

9. Explain the basic concepts relevant to professional practice and demonstrate skills in laboratory methods applied in exercise science.


Muscle structure and functionEnergy systemsBioenergeticsEndocrine response to exerciseNeuromuscular functionCardiovascular functionVentilationCardiorespiratory response to exerciseEnergy expenditure and fatiguePhysiological adaptations to training


This course replaces SPOR2010. If you have successfully completed SPOR2010 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

In Term Test: Mid Semester written examination

Written Assignment: written assignment

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

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.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must participate in and submit reports for a minimum of 80% of laboratories.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a passing grade of 50% for these laboratory reports.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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