Available in 2018

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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. An understanding of the physiological systems necessary for exercise

2. An understanding of the physiological responses to a bout of physical activity

3. An understanding of the principles of exercise training and the different types of exercise training programs

4. An understanding of the physiological adaptations to regular exercise training

5. An understanding of the need for specific types and levels of fitness for different sports

6. An understanding of the role of physical activity in the maintenance of health and physical fitness

7. 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



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

Mid semester examinations will be timetabled during semester


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks