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Physiology of Exercise 1 (8391.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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This combined lecture and practical unit examines the physiology of exercise at an introductory level. A systems approach is used, concentrating on responses of the metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, hormonal, thermoregulatory and muscular systems to exercise. The exercise response is taught as an integrated, whole body response. Although topics are covered primarily from a theoretical perspective, and may involve reference to animal models, practical applications to human performance and sports will be given as often as possible.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Apply basic knowledge of human physiology in relation to exercise;

2. Assess and differentiate the body's response to exercise; and

3. Measure and interpret a range of physiological parameters relating to exercise, sport and health.

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Contact Hours

Two 1 hour lectures per week and one 2 hour practical on alternate weeks.


9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology AND
6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology



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Equivalent Units

6836 Physiology of Exercise 1

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