EXERSCI 201 : Exercise Physiology 1


2021 Semester One (1213) (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 acute structural and functional responses of the human body to exercise.  Students are introduced to how the body utilises energy for exercise via cellular mechanisms to how the respiratory, cardiovascular, neuromuscular and endocrine systems respond to exercise and physical activity.

EXERSCI 201 is a mandatory course for students majoring in Exercise Sciences, but it is also suitable for other students who are interested in the science of how the human body performs and adapts to exercise.  

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 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 for voluntary exercise. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Explain the physiological responses of various body systems to acute exercise. (Capability 1 and 5)
  3. Conduct accurate and reliable scientific measurements of physiological performance in healthy human participants. (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Analyse, interpret and report on scientific measurements of physiological performance in healthy human participants. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Midterm Exam 20% Individual Examination
Laboratory Coursework 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Final Exam
Midterm Exam
Laboratory Coursework

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, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation and 4 hours of lab-related work per fortnight.

Students are expected to attend and participate in four 3-hour laboratory classes held fortnightly throughout the semester. 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 will gain a first-hand, scientific perspective (evidence) of how the human body performs and responds to different forms of exercise. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to complete/receive credit for components of the course. 

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including components of some lab activities will be available as recordings. 

Attendance on campus is required for test and exams.  

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

It is recommended that students access an Exercise Physiology textbook for background and supplemental 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 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.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

The following conditions will apply under the different COVID-19 Alert levels.
Level 1: Delivery normally as specified in delivery mode.
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option. The following activities will also have an on-campus / in-person option: lectures, labs, tutorials, office hours.
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely

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 26/01/2021 09:56 a.m.