EXERSCI 301 : Exercise Physiology 2


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Systemic physiological responses and adaptations to exercise training and physical inactivity relevant to selected athletic and medical populations and across the lifespan. Skills will be developed in the interpretation of experimental methods and findings in human exercise physiology.

Course Overview

This course provides scientific background for understanding the physiological  adaptations to exercise training or inactivity in athletic and non-athletic populations across the lifespan. The course topics include exercise performance and assessments, cardiorespiratory physiology, the impact of exercise over the lifespan (including adolescence and pregnancy), the impact of exercise in the immune system and exercise in extreme environments. 

The course uses a blended learning system, with online knowledge topics and lectures organized within themed modules. Students also complete laboratory work that introduce practical skills and techniques required for administering and interpreting physiological tests.

This is a recommended course for students interested in exercise sciences and in postgraduate studies in exercise physiology.

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, illustrate and give examples of the function, regulation and interaction of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise through the lifespan. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Discuss and compare the physiological responses and adaptations to chronic exercise and inactivity under normal conditions and in extreme environments. (Capability 1 and 5)
  3. Conduct accurate and reliable scientific measurements of physiological performance in healthy adult participants. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Collect and interpret physiological data obtained during acute exercise in healthy human participants (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)


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


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Key Topics

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

Special Requirements

Students in laboratory classes may volunteer as coursework research participants. Procedures for the laboratory coursework research have been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee.

Laboratory 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 and safety procedures before coming to the laboratory.
3. Students are expected to complete and pass the Health and Safety Quiz.
4. 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, each week you can expect 2 hours of lectures/ workshops, 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 2-hour laboratory classes held fortnightly throughout the semester. These laboratory classes are a key component to learning and applying the lecture material and for obtaining practical skills in the exercise physiology field.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

  • Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs to complete/receive credit for components of the course.
  • Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will  not be available as recordings.
  • Attendance on campus is required for the test/exams.
  • 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 (examples below). Required readings will be made available 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.

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.

For 2023, we will be pre-recording the basic content for the lectures and making them available on Canvas before our weekly lecture time. We will use the two-hour lecture slot to deliver more refined content and to engage in workshop-style activities to enhance your learning experience.

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.