Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of pre-exercise screening and exercise testing

2. Explain how physiological systems are stimulated during physical activity

3. Describe the role of regular physical activity in the maintenance of health and physical fitness

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to physical activity

5. Apply knowledge of the principles of exercise training to selection and appraisal of the different types of exercise training programs

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of clinical conditions on capacity to perform physical activity

7. Describe the roles and recommendations for specific types of exercise programs for people with different clinical conditions

8. Demonstrate skills in conducting basic fitness physical assessments and exercise tests


  1. Health effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  2. Pre-exercise screening and fitness testing
  3. Types of exercise and physical fitness
  4. Principles of exercise training and types of training
  5. Skeletal muscle and exercise: neural control, adaptations and injuries
  6. Energy systems and metabolism during exercise
  7. The role of physical activity in energy balance and energy balance disorders
  8. Exercise and reproductive function
  9. The roles and recommendations for exercise during pregnancy
  10. Nutrition and fluid balance for exercise
  11. Respiratory function and exercise
  12. The role of exercise in respiratory disorders
  13. Cardiovascular function and exercise
  14. The role of exercise in cardiovascular disorders
  15. Environmental physiology and exercise
  16. Aging and exercise
  17. The role of exercise in brain and mental health disorders
  18. The role of exercise in metabolic disorders
  19. The role of exercise in immune function and cancer
  20. The role of exercise in neuromuscular disorders
  21. The role of exercise in bone health and osteoporosis
  22. The role of exercise in joint health and arthritis

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.