EXERSCI 201 : Exercise Physiology 1


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduction to the physiological and biochemical requirements and provision of energy for acute exercise and recovery. A key focus is on the mechanisms involved in physiological system responses to aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Practical experiences will cover experimental and scientific procedures of measuring and reporting on physiological responses to acute exercise.

Course Overview

This first course in Exercise Physiology addresses acute structural and functional responses of the human body to exercise. Students will learn how the body uses energy for exercise via cellular mechanisms and how the respiratory, cardiovascular, neuromuscular and endocrine systems respond to acute exercise and physical activity.
EXERSCI 201 is a mandatory course for students majoring in Exercise Sciences and is a core course in the Applied Exercise and Sports Science pathway.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points from BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, MEDSCI 142 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 for the provision of energy during exercise. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Describe the physiological mechanisms for various body system responses to acute exercise. (Capability 1, 3 and 5)
  3. Conduct, analyse and interpret scientific measurements of exercise performance in healthy human participants. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 45% Individual Coursework
Test 20% Individual Coursework
Laboratories 35% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Final Exam


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Exercise Sciences has a dedicated Tuākana space at the City Campus (301-183). Exercise Sciences Tuākana space consists of a few personal computers, a collection of prescribed textbooks of Exercise Sciences courses, personal study and relaxing areas with access to shared kitchen facilities. Tuākana students enrolled in any Exercise Sciences course are most welcome to make use of these facilities not only to support their learning but also to build whanaungatanga. Feel free to contact Waruna, the Exercise Sciences Tuākana coordinator, on w.weerasekera@auckland.ac.nz for any questions.

If there is interest from the students, we will establish an EXERSCI 201 Tuākana community with sessions to share course-related experiences.

Key Topics

Throughout the course the effects of acute exercise on the following systems will form the main teaching themes:
  • Energy metabolism
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Neuromuscular system
  • Musculoskeletal system

Special Requirements

Standard laboratory and health and safety requirements. Students are expected to actively participate in laboratory classes that involve participation in physical activity and exercise. Students are advised to wear appropriate clothing (sports wear and sports shoes) when participating in the lab classes.

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.

Each week you can expect 2 hours of online learning, approximately 3 hours of reading additional resources and thinking about the content, and 3 hours of work on assessment preparation. You are also expected to participate in 1.5 hours of laboratories or 1 hour of tutorials per week.

Students are expected to attend and participate in seven 1.5-hour laboratory classes throughout the semester. These laboratory classes are a key component to learning and applying the taught content and to developing scientific data collection and exercise physiological assessment skills.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course is is designed using a flipped classroom approach. There are no in-person lectures. Videos and associated content important for achieving the module and course outcomes, are available on each module page on CANVAS. 

In-person attendance is expected at scheduled activities including labs and tutorials to receive credit for components of the course. It is in these classes that content from canvas will be reinforced through applied problem-solving activities. 

Tutorials/labs will not be available as recordings. The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials. Attendance on campus is required for the test and exam. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning 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.

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

Health & Safety

This course requires students to take part in exercise and physical activity. If you have any health condition that compromises your ability to take part in exercise, please inform the teaching staff.

Appropriate attire is to be worn if engaging in exercise-related activities during the laboratories. This includes appropriate clothing and footwear.

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.

Based on feedback from students who have reported enjoying the lab component of this course, there is more emphasis on this aspect.

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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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.

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 28/10/2022 11:27 a.m.