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Physiology of Exercise 2 (8392.2)

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


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This unit builds upon the knowledge gained in Physiology of Exercise 1, focusing on the assessment, training and adaptations to endurance, strength power and intermittent based activities. Exercise in different environments (heat, altitude), and strategies to enhance elite sports performance including recovery and ergogenic aids is discussed. Occupational physiology and how fatigue influences sporting and occupational tasks is covered through research-led teaching. Topics will be covered with reference to both humans and animal research, with applied human sporting examples.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the physiological factors that influence adaptation to exercise training and sporting performance;

2. Compare examples from a variety of different sports and in different populations to illustrate the role of physiological factors in exercise and sporting performance; and

3. Select, administer and apply the appropriate physiological testing procedures currently available to measure a range of physiological parameters relating to exercise and sport performance.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

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


8391 Physiology of Exercise 1



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