Course Title: Exercise Physiology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exercise Physiology 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Bird

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.074

Course Coordinator Availability: via email, during face to face sessions and by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course builds upon concepts learnt in Exercise Physiology 1.  It includes: 

  • The physiological aspects of strength and anaerobic power, training adaptations related to strength and anaerobic power, and sex (gender) differences in exercise performance requiring a predominance of these fitness components
  • Maximum Accumulated Oxygen Deficit (MAOD)
  • Study designs for the collection of high quality evidence
  • The assessment of lactate threshold and associated parameters
  • The role of the endocrine system in the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise
  • The physiological bases of selected ergogenics, their effects on performance and health risks
  • Exercise metabolism in health and disease
  • Exercise performance in hot and cold environments
  • The physiological factors contributing to fatigue
  • A series of practical laboratories will provide insight and understanding into Exercise Physiology concepts and the undertaking of research in this field.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Exercise and Sport Science Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  2. Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  3. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  4. Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  5. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and aging (PLO7).
  6. Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession. (PLO8)

This course contributes to the development of the following Physical Education Program Learning Outcomes:

Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO2).

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a  range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). It contributes to the development of the Course Learning Outcomes listed below.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Assess the metabolic and physiological responses and adaptations to exercise in a number of sporting contexts and health conditions.
  2. Assess the control of metabolism and the interaction of metabolic fuels during exercise.
  3. Recognise the effects of various environmental conditions on the physiological responses to exercise and exercise capacity.
  4. Outline the role of the endocrine system in the context of exercise.
  5. Articulate the physiological bases for selected ergogenic aids used to enhance sports performance, evaluate their effectiveness and possible risks to health.
  6. Differentiate the physiological aspects of selected sex (gender) differences in sport performance.
  7. Assess fitness, interpret the findings and present the results in a suitable format.


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, laboratory practicals, directed readings, review seminars and feedback sessions.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours a week lectures, plus two hours a week laboratory practicals on alternate weeks.  Additionally, you will be expected to undertake a further 3 hours a week of independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include text books, lecture notes, practical exercises and handouts or references on selected topics. Where possible this information is provided online via myRMIT. You will be expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, course documents and the grade book. Exercise/Human Physiology laboratories and associated equipment will provide an environment for the application of theoretical concepts, the development of appropriate skills, and further your learning experience.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: A Laboratory report

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 7

Assessment Task 2: A mid-semester examination

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Final examination at the end of semester

Weighting 50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Assessments of practical laboratory skills - Pass/Fail hurdle requirement

Any student failing the laboratory skills assessment at the first attempt will be provide with a second opportunity to pass the skills assessment.  A second failure will result in a failure of the course.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 7 

The following hurdle requirement also applies:

HURDLE REQUIREMENT: In order to pass the course, students are required to attend and actively participate in a minimum of 80% of laboratory sessions throughout the semester.  In the case of students failing to attend the minimum number of sessions for reasons other than medical, additional sessions will not be provided by the course. Students who failed to attend the requisite number of sessions but who are granted Special Consideration will become eligible to complete supplementary assessment to meet the hurdle requirement. Students who arrive after the class has commenced or who leave before the class finishes will be marked as having arrived late or left early. Students will be provided with one warning, and for each subsequent instance this behaviour will be marked as an absence.