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 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Prof Stephen Bird

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.019

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses 

Successful completion of

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

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 (PLO 1).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO 2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3).
  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO 4).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and aging (PLO 7).
  • Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession. (PLO 8)

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

  • Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO 2).

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the important components and considerations in the design of research studies for the production of valid findings. 
  2. Outline the factors that are proposed to cause fatigue during exercise.
  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. 
  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


You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

This course contains hurdle requirements. 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

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, pass the skills test ( hurdle) and obtain at least 50% of the overall grade.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: In class formative assessments
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: A Laboratory report
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 7

Assessment Task 3: A literature review
Weighting 40%
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 provided 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

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.