Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Examines aspects of general physiology important during exercise and introduces students to exercise physiology. It covers both theoretical knowledge and the development of basic skills in exercise testing. The physiological responses to a bout of exercise are examined first, followed by principles of exercise training, and an examination of adaptations to exercise training.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss the physiological systems necessary for exercise

2. Analyse the physiological responses to a bout of exercise

3. Apply the principles of exercise training to distinguish between different types of exercise programs

4. Predict the physiological adaptations to regular exercise training

5. Identify the appropriate types and levels of fitness required for different sports

6. Describe the role of physical activity plays in the maintenance of overall health and physical fitness

7. Demonstrate skills in conducting basic exercise tests


Major topics include:

  1. Principles of exercise testing
  2. Structure and function of skeletal muscle
  3. Muscle responses to exercise
  4. Energy systems in exercise
  5. Respiratory responses to exercise
  6. Cardiovascular responses to exercise
  7. Hormones and immune system in exercise
  8. Exercise in challenging environments (altitude, underwater and thermoregulation)
  9. Energy expenditure and body composition
  10. Sports nutrition
  11. Fitness testing
  12. Health benefits and risks of exercise


This course is only available to students who are active in one of the following programs: 12218, 12370 or 40107.

Assumed knowledge

Students are expected to have a basic knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Semester (x2)

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Includes 2 x 1 hr in term assessments and a formal examination


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


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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