Unit description

Examines the physiological responses of the body to various exercise stresses and the adaptations which occur within the body as a result of repeated exposure to these stresses.

Unit content

General physiological responses and adaptations to exercise:
Control of internal environment
Skeletal muscle function
Circulatory function
Respiratory function
Bioenergetics and exercise metabolism
Acid-base balance
Temperature regulation
Physiology of physical performance and training:
Aerobic endurance
Anaerobic power
Muscular strength
Body composition
Factors affecting performance
Exercise prescription for health and fitness
Ergogenic aids
Assessments for physical fitness and performance:
Introduction to Exercise Physiology Laboratory
Factors that affect muscle strength
Cardiovascular responses to exercise
Ventilation responses to exercise
Body temperature changes during exercise
Submaximal tests for cardiovascular-respiratory fitness
Graded exercise test for cardiovascular-respiratory fitness
Assessment of anaerobic power and capacity
Assessment of muscular strength and endurance
Assessment of flexibility
Assessment of body composition

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Powers, S & Howley, E, 2011, Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, 8th edn, McGraw Hill.
  • Zhou, S, 2015, Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual, Southern Cross University.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: open book30%
Exam: closed book50%
Attendance at laboratory classesSR

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