EXERSCI 201 : Exercise Physiology 1


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Physiological and biochemical requirements and provision of energy for exercise, recovery and adaptation. Generation and control of muscular force and power, and how the neuromuscular system adapts to its habitual use. Scientific measurement of muscular force, work and power and oxidative metabolism at rest and during exercise. Justification, administration and reporting of experimental procedures.

Course Overview

This first course in Exercise Physiology addresses how exercise and training alters the structure and function of the human body.  Students are introduced to exercise metabolism and the neuromuscular system and the responses and adaptations of these systems to exercise or inactivity.  Because this course addresses the physiological requirements and consequences of voluntary physical exercise, it is highly recommended that students have a background in basic human physiology (e.g., BIOSCI 107 and MEDSCI 142).  It is expected that all students have a background in human anatomy, biology and chemistry.  A capability with the biophysical foundations of the Exercise Sciences (EXERSCI 101) and a familiarity with the scientific bases of exercise prescription (EXERSCI 105) are also recommended.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points from BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 103, MEDSCI 142, SPORTSCI 101, 103 Restriction: SPORTSCI 201

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the physiological requirements and provision of energy (metabolism) for exercise, recovery and the adaptation to training. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Explain how muscular force and power are generated and controlled, and describe how the neuromuscular system adapts to exercise training. (Capability 1 and 5)
  3. Conduct accurate and reliable scientific measurements of muscular force, work and power and oxygen consumption by indirect calorimetry, in healthy human participants. (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  4. Justify, plan and conduct small-group experiments to address questions in substrate metabolism and neuromuscular function in healthy human participants. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  5. Report on and evaluate procedures, process, analyse and present data and interpret the findings of experiments. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Midterm Exam 15% Individual Examination
Laboratory Reports 20% Individual Coursework
Laboratory Practice 5% Individual Coursework
Laboratory Worksheets 5% Individual Coursework
Laboratory Test 5% Individual Test
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam
Midterm Exam
Laboratory Reports
Laboratory Practice
Laboratory Worksheets
Laboratory Test

Learning Resources

It is recommended that students access an Exercise Physiology textbook for background and suppplemental reference; examples are below.  Required readings will be specified in the Readings List on Canvas.

McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2015) Exercise Physiology. (8th Ed.) Nutrition, Energy and Human Performance. Wolters Kluwer.
Powers, S.K. & Howley E.T. (2009).  Exercise Physiology Theory and Applications to Fitness and Performance. McGraw Hill.
Brooks, G.A., Fahey, T.D. & Baldwin, K.M. (2005) Exercise Physiology. Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications. McGraw Hill.
Robergs, R.A. & Roberts, S.O. (1997) Exercise Physiology. Exercise, Performance, and Clinical Applications. Mosby.
Beam, W.C. & Adams, G.M. (2014). Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill.

Special Requirements

Standard laboratory and health and safety requirements.  Students in laboratory classes may volunteer as coursework research (e.g., exercising) participants.  Procedures for the laboratory coursework research have been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Research Committee.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, each week you can expect [2] hours of lectures, a [3] hour laboratory class, [3] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [2] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Students are expected to attend and participate in eight 3-hour laboratory classes. These laboratory classes are a key component to learning and applying the lecture material, using scientific equipment and developing data collection, exercise prescription and physiological assessment skills with human participants (you and your classmates). Above all, students gain a first-hand, scientific perspective (evidence) of how the human body performs and responds to different forms of exercise. Students will complete laboratory task worksheets and write a laboratory test covering the physiological basis, analysis and interpretation of data from their experiments.  Written, laboratory reports for two group-planned and conducted coursework research experiments, are also required.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

For assessed coursework, contact, in writing, the Course Coordinator as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

We encourage all students to provide feedback via the SET or Qualtrics surveys.  The most useful feedback is that which can inform and result in continuation of current, changed or improved aspects of the course.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 11/01/2020 02:59 p.m.