Physiology of Exercise

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physiology of Exercise

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health and Exercise Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 2012PES Integrated Systems Physiology or 2013MSC Physiological Science

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course builds on content from previous semesters, and provides students with an in depth understanding of the physiological responses that occur during exercise. Particular attention will be given to the responses of the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and metabolic systems during exercise, their integration and regulation. The adaptations to acute and chronic exercise will be examined in healthy and diseased populations.

    Course Introduction
    Physiology of Exercise emphasises the basic and applied sciences that enable the characterisation of the human body's responses to a single bout of exercise, and the subsequent adaptations that occur due to exercise training. The importance of physical fitness as a cornerstone of health and healthy ageing will be explored.

    Course Aims
    Physiology of Exercise has been designed to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the function and regulation of selected body systems during exercise, so as to be able to function as exercise specialists in rehabilitation and high performance sport environments. A systems approach will be adopted, supported by the theme of regulation.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe and discuss specific topics of human physiology under conditions of rest and exercise with emphasis on metabolic, cardiovascular and pulmonary function
    2 Demonstrate an understanding of the function and regulation of selected body systems during exercise.
    3 Describe specific physiological responses and adaptations to exercise that are dependent on exercise intensity, duration, frequency, environmental conditions, and the physiological status of the individual.
    4 Demonstrate an understanding of the differences in physiological responses to various modes of dynamic exercise such as running, cycling and arm ergometry.
    5 Understand the physiological basis and responses expected during exercise testing.
    6 Assess an individual's physiological function with emphasis on maximum oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold.

    Assessment Summary
    Lab Quiz-Weighted 10%/10
    Mid Semester Exam 1-Weighted 25%/50
    Mid Semester Exam 2-Weighted 25%/100
    End of Semester Exam-40%/120

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.