EXERSCI 301 : Exercise Physiology 2


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Biological regulation of the adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity. Homeostasis regulation and the adaptation of the cardiopulmonary, endocrine and immune systems to exercise and training. Evaluation of neuromuscular power and aerobic power and endurance in healthy individuals. Reporting of experimental methods and findings in human exercise physiology.

Course Overview

This course provides scientific background for understanding the biological regulation of the adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity in healthy individuals during a life span. The course has two components 1) examines the fundamentals of  exercise physiology including homeostasis, the endocrine system, the cardiorespiratory system, the immune system, and introduces students to paediatric exercise physiology 2) explains the physiological mechanisms of the adaptation to exercise. Practical skills include objectively evaluating and reporting respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular parameters. The course uses a blended learning system, with online knowledge topics and lectures organized within themed modules. Students also complete laboratory classes that introduce techniques required for coursework assignments. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 201 or SPORTSCI 201 Restriction: SPORTSCI 301

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 biological processes and mechanisms of the physiological responses and adaptations to habitual exercise and inactivity (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Explain in depth the functions of the cardiorespiratory, endocrine and immune systems in the homeostatic regulation of the provision for, and consequences of, acute and chronic exercise. (Capability 1 and 2)
  3. Select and apply laboratory equipment and protocols in the valid and accurate characterization of the responses and adaptations of the neuromuscular and cardiorespiratory systems to acute and chronic exercise, in healthy adult participants. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Describe, analyse and consider laboratory experimentation in written scientific reports (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  5. Summarise and explain scientific evidence in the development and application of " evidence-based" concepts and prospective opportunities in health, exercise and performance practice/ business/ professions. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reports 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Test 20% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam
Assessments: 200 points (100%)

  • Mid-term test: 40 points (20%)  
  • Labs: 60 points (30%)       1. VO2max report: 20 points (10%)  
                                                         2.  Lactate report: 20 points (10%)
                                                         3.  Neuromuscular report:  20 points (10%)
  • Final exam: 100 points (50%) 

Questions on the midterm test will be based on the lecture objectives for the first 6 weeks of the course. 
The final examination will be based on the lecture objectives for the full course.

Key Topics

Modules and topics will be listed on Canvas at the start of the term.

Learning Resources

Essential readings are mostly articles and are provided via Talis/Canvas.
Research articles and textbooks identified as further resources are similarly available.

  1. McArdle WD, Katch FL and McArdle VL (2010). Exercise Physiology – Nutrition, energy, and human performance. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Brooks, G.A., Fahey, T.D. & Baldwin, K.M. (2005) Exercise Physiology. Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications. 4th Ed. McGraw Hill.
  3. Bouchard, C. Ed. (2015). Molecular and cellular regulation of adaptation to exercise.  Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  4. Mooren F and Völker K. (2005). Molecular and cellular exercise physiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Powers S &
  5. Howley E. (8th edition) (2014). Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance

Special Requirements

Laboratory and Health & Safety:

  1. Laboratory classes require students to administer and interpret a number of experimental or assessment protocols of exercise and physiological function.
  2. Students are expected to read the appropriate part of the laboratory manual and familiarize themselves with the relevant required or recommended readings and health & safety procedures before coming to the laboratory.
  3. The laboratory manual will be available on Canvas at the start of the term.

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, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, a 12 hour tutorial, 40 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 40 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

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.

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.

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 03:00 p.m.