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SPHP603 – Exercise Physiology

Module code
Module title
Exercise Physiology
To introduce students to the study of energy systems (metabolic pathways and measurement of energy) and how the cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems respond (acute) and adapt (chronic) to exercise.
  • SC9501
  • SP0801
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes

1.Demonstrate an understanding of bioenergetics, recognizing the different metabolic systems, their interaction, regulation, and how they respond to exercise

2.Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological and metabolic processes that facilitate recovery.

3.Understand the concepts involved in measuring energy, work, and power and describe the means by which the energy cost of exercise can be estimated and measured (including metabolic calculations)

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the acute and chronic cardiorespiratory adaptations to exercise

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the acute and chronic neuromuscular adaptations to exercise

6.Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of specific hormones with respect to exercise

7.Recognize the differences in the physiological responses to exercise as one progresses through the life span

8.Identify differences in physiology between men and women that impact exercise performance

9.Perform submaximal and maximal exercise tests using a variety of laboratory based testing apparatus.

- Acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise
- Energy systems and fuel utilisation
- Laboratory based measurements of:
- Anaerobic capacity
- Aerobic capacity
- Lung function
- Exercise and health related factors. Range includes, but is not limited to:
- Obesity
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes
- Cancer
- Overtraining/detraining
- Ergogenic aids and performance
- Drugs in sport
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and practical experiences.
Required Textbooks
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.

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