EXERSCI 302 : Exercise Physiology for Special Populations
2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)
The course applies basic exercise physiology to special circumstances when a medical/environmental limitation, or highly adapted physiological excess, alter physiological responses to exercise and adaptations to training. The course examines the physiology of persons with specific disease states (medical populations), the physiology of elite sportspeople (athletic populations) and the physiological challenges faced when exercising in challenging environments (Extreme Environments). Practical skills involve administering and interpreting physiological tests suited to special populations and presenting outcomes in scientific reports.
This is a recommended elective course for students planning postgraduate study in Clinical Exercise Physiology. The skills developed in this course are particularly useful for those wishing to have a career as an Exercise Physiologist.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
- Describe physiological responses and adaptations to physical activity in special populations and extreme environments (Capability 1)
- Recognise how clinical and environmental limitations, or highly adapted physiology, alter responses to exercise and training (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Administer laboratory exercise tests, analyse and interpret physiological data from special populations (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
- Evaluate published research to explain physiologic decline associated with healthy ageing and the influence of exercise training (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Quantify the influence of adiposity and obesity on exercise and mechanisms responsible for training-induced adaptations (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
|Final Test||40%||Individual Test|
|Midsemester Test||30%||Individual Test|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
Learning is organised into three Modules: 1. Athletic Populations. 2. Extreme Environments. 3. Medical Populations. Each module is composed of self-directed learning topics, weekly lectures/seminars, and experiential laboratory classes.
The laboratory classes are designed to provide students with an opportunity to administer exercise tests. Each class will require a healthy volunteer to take part as an exercising participant. The conduct of these classes is approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (reference number 023051).
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 up to 2 hours of lectures/seminars, a 3 hour lab class, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 3 hours of work on assignments.
Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including labs and seminars to complete components of the course.
Seminars will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will not be available as recordings.
Attendance on campus is required for the midsemester test but not required for the final test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
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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.