The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of exercise physiology. This unit will cover the different physiological systems of the human body working at rest and then during exercise. We will cover the functional anatomy and physiology of muscle tissue, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and understand how oxygen is extracted from the air and is delivered to working muscles. Energy transformation from fuel to mechanical work will be described and finally the mechanisms of fatigue will be discussed. A focus of Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology is the practical application of physiological measurements and critical evaluation of data for physiological understanding.
26-hrs lecture, 4-hrs tutorial and 8-hrs laboratory per semester
In class tests (3 x 15%) 40 minute MCQ and short answer tests in weeks 3, 6 and 8 and group practical report (15%) and 1.5 hour final written exam (40%)