EXERSCI 301 : Exercise Physiology 2


2021 Semester One (1213) (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 and cardiovascular  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: 15 points from EXERSCI 201, MEDSCI 205, 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. Describe 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 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 laboratory experimentation in written scientific reports (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  5. Summarise 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

Key Topics

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

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.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

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. Howley E. (8th edition) (2014). Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance

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.

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.

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.

Level 1: Delivered 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: labs
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.