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 9925 7257

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 (BIOL1105).  It will relate topics covered in Exercise Physiology 1 (BIOL1105) to different environmental scenarios, such as heat, cold, hyper and hypo-baric conditions. It will also extend the coverage of BIOL1105 topics in strength and power, to cover standard assessments of anaerobic capacity, lactate threshold and related measures. It will address the current evidence for the causes of fatigue during exercise, as well as outlining the exercise, physiological and metabolic aspects of important health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It will review the role of the endocrine system during exercise and its role on post-exercise recovery and training adaptations along, with the key metabolic processes that result in changes to health and performance phenotype. The topic of ergogenics, both permitted and WADA prohibited will be covered.  The physiological factors that contribute to the exercise performance differences between males and females will be reviewed. Key components in the design of studies for the collection of valid findings will be considered, with these being related to the available evidence in aforementioned topics. A series of practical laboratories will provide insight and understanding into Exercise Physiology assessments, 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:

  • 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).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and aging (PLO7).
  • 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. Understand the important components and considerations in the design of research studies for the production of valid findings. (This topic was listed in the current course description, but was not specified in the current CLOs, it has therefore been added to overtly demonstrate its coverage)
  2. Outline the factors that are proposed to cause fatigue during exercise. (topic was listed in the current course description and outcome implied, but this specific CLO now added for clarity)
  3. Outline the molecular processes that produce improvements in fitness and health, and the role of the endocrine system in the context of exercise responses and adaptations.
  4. Outline the physiological bases of selected sex (gender) differences in sport performance. 
  5. Articulate the physiological bases for selected ergogenic aids used to enhance sports performance, evaluate their effectiveness and possible risks to health.
  6. Understand the physiological responses and performance implications when exercising in hyperbaric, hypobaric, hot and cold environments, as well as the strategies and physiological adaptations for exercising in these conditions. (This CLO developed from previous generic statement on environments, so as to distinguish between the topic of thermoregulation and other environmental issues)
  7. Assess standard components of fitness (such as, MAOD, Lactate threshold, power), 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 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Final examination at the end of semester

Weighting 50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6

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: In order to pass the course, students are required to attend and actively participate in laboratory sessions throughout the semester.