The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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


Major 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

Assumed knowledge

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.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Intra-semester exams (x2)

Formal Examination: Final exam

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 38 hour(s) per Term Full Term

3 hrs per week for 12 weeks and 2 x 1hr mid semester examinations