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SES2104 Exercise Physiology

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Exercise Physiology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Dean Mills


Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and SES1002
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BIO1206 and SES1299


This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the physiology of sport and exercise. The course will prepare students who want to work in the sport, fitness and science industries, as physical educators, or whom want to advance to further study in sport and exercise.


The course will build upon the knowledge developed from previous courses in human anatomy and physiology and will apply those principles in studying how the physiological systems respond to acute and chronic stressors in sport and exercise. The knowledge obtained will be applied to evaluate, improve and maintain health, fitness and sports performance. Practical and technical skills, and skills in reading, reporting and evaluating research in sport and exercise physiology will be gained.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students at the Ipswich Campus and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the individual and integrated physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic sport and exercise.
  2. Outline, predict and assess the physiological limitations, responses and adaptations to acute and chronic sport and exercise in a variety of environmental conditions, and under the influence of ergogenic aids and technologies.
  3. Apply and evaluate knowledge of the physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic sport and exercise to provide a justification for the delivery of exercise programs to improve and maintain health, fitness and sports performance.
  4. Interpret, explain and analyse physiological data obtained with practical and technical skills and compare the data obtained to normal values.
  5. Integrate knowledge and related skills in sport and exercise physiology with other discipline areas such as sport and exercise science.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of sport and exercise physiology: Bioenergetics and metabolism. Structure and function of skeletal muscle. Neural and hormonal control during exercise. The cardiovascular and respiratory system, and their responses to exercise. Acid-base balance. Immune response to exercise. Tests to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness and exercise intensity. Principles and limitations of training. Adaptations to resistance, aerobic and anaerobic training. Chronic and acute responses to exercise. Fatigue mechanisms limiting performance. Exercise in hot and cold environments and at altitude. Children, adolescents, ageing, sex and racial/ethnic differences in sport and exercise. Disability and disease and physical activity. Nutrition and body composition. Ergogenic aids. Genetics. 40.00
2. Practical and technical skills: Screening tests. Measurements of pulmonary function. Perceived exertion. Aerobic and anaerobic capacity. Exercise intensity. Strength, power, speed and flexibility. Energy expenditure. Economy. Field tests. 35.00
3. Reading, reporting and evaluating research: Current research from various disciplines in sport and exercise physiology. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Kenney, L.W., Wilmore, J.H. & Costill, D.L 2015, Physiology of sport and exercise, 6th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Powers, S.K & Howley, E.T 2018, Exercise Physiology: Theory and application to fitness and proformance, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Farrell, P.A., Joyner, M.J., Caiozzo, V.J. & American College of Sports Medicine 2012, ACSM's advanced exercise physiology, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Haff, G. & Dumke, C 2018, Laboratory manual for exercise physiology, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Tipton, C.M 2014, History of exercise physiology, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 24.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Private Study 57.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 25 Mar 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 30 30 13 May 2019 (see note 2)
Res School and Lab Attend 1 1 21 Jun 2019 (see note 3)
EXAMINATION 49 49 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  3. Students must attend 80% of the laboratory classes and residential school sessions.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multiple Choice) 10 10 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Written) 39 39 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course. Attendance and participation in laboratory/practical sessions is mandatory and students must complete 80% attendance.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assignment a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each item. To satisfactorily complete the examination a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks for the exam. To satisfactorily complete the course a student must attend and participate at least 80% of the laboratories.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item. To satisfactorily complete the laboratory/residential school requirement a student must attend and participate at least 80% of the laboratories/residential school.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    A RESTRICTED 2 hour exam will consist of multiple choice, short and long answer questions covering all the material. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information;
    3. English language dictionary.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held in week two of Semester 2 of the current academic year.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library?s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

  6. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  2. professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be expected to attend a residential school at the Ipswich Campus to completed practical aspects related to the course. This will involve 30 hours of necessary practical work over a four day period to successfully complete the course. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.