Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will investigate the normal range of physiological responses to sport, exercise and performance training. Particular attention will be given to the physiological responses and adaptations of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and immune systems to sport and exercise to sport and exercise in healthy individuals.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Govus

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will engage a range of activities including laboratory classes, online learning, teamwork activities and written assessments. These are collectively designed to achieve and assess your performance in alignment with the subject’s intended learning outcomes. You will receive timely feedback (formal and informal) about your performance on these activities to further inform your learning. 

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (HBSES), Bachelor of Health Science (HBHS) or Bachelor of Biomedicine (SBMD), Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (EBEDS) and have passed HBS1HBA (Human Biosciences A) All other enrolments require subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsEXS2ESP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPower and Howely


Edition/Volume10th. Edi

PublisherMcGraw-Hill Education


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss the function, regulation and interaction of physiological systems relating to exercise.
02. Evaluate and describe the individual and integrated physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise.
03. Apply knowledge of the physiological responses to acute exercise and the adaptations to chronic exercise to inform exercise programming.
04. Analyse and interpret physiological data obtained during acute exercise, and compare such data between time points, individuals and populations.
05. Safely monitor and evaluate physiological responses at rest and during exercise.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew Govus

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One Laboratory Workbook (3000 words equivalent). 

N/AReportIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Submission of completed practical skills competency logbook. Accreditation requires evidence of competency for HBSES students. Practical skills competency includes assessment on student's ability to work in a team.

N/AOtherGroupYes0 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

One-hour written examination (equivalent to 1000 words). Short answer questions.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4