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Unit of study_

EXSS1029: Muscle Mechanics and Training

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Cumberland, Sydney

Unit details and rules

Unit code EXSS1029
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tom Gwinn,
Lecturer(s) Tom Gwinn,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam End Semester Exam
Short answer and MCQ format
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Mid Semester Test
Short answer and MCQ format
30% Week 06
Due date: 28 Sep 2020 at 10:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Skills-based evaluation Practical Exam
Assessment of 6-12 RM using pin-loaded weight machines
10% Week 08 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO4
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

Assessment summary

MID SEMESTER EXAM: 30%. Week 6 28/09/20 10 am. 1 hour open book exam covering content from Weeks 1-5. Format:  Short answer questions and MCQs

PRACTICAL EXAM: 10%. Week 8. 15 min skills base evaluation – asessment of 6-12 RM using weight equipment.

FINAL EXAM: 60%. 2 hour open book exam covering content from Weeks 1-12. Format:  Short answer questions and MCQs

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.


Result name

Mark range





High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


For more information see:

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Special Consideration is required for non-attendance at enay exam

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Actin and myosin; 2. Sarcomeres, myofibrils and muscle fibers Online class (2 hr) LO1
Week 1 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 1. Proteins 2. Forces & movements 3. Eccentric & concentric Online class (2 hr) LO1
Week 2 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 03 1. Muscle diversity; 2. Muscle activation; 3. Excitation contraction part 1 Online class (2 hr) LO1
Week 3 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 04 1. Excitation contraction coupling part 2; 2. Protein synthesis; 3. Resistance training and protein synthesis part 1 Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 4 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 05 1. Resistance training and protein synthesis part 2; 2. Structural basis of hypertrophy Online class (2 hr) LO2
Week 5 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO2
Week 06 Mid semester exam Performance (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 1. Neural adaptations to resistance training; 2. Normal strength; 3. Typical responses to resistance training Online class (2 hr) LO2
Week 7 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO2
Week 08 Dose response for resistance training Online class (2 hr) LO4
Week 8 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO4
Week 09 Disuse Atrophy and Detraining Online class (2 hr) LO3
Week 9 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO3
Week 10 1. Delayed onset muscle soreness; 2. Muscle passive forces Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 10 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 11 Adaptations to chronic and intermittent stretch Online class (2 hr) LO5
Week 11 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO5
Week 12 1. Fiber types; 2. Fiber transformations with training Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 tutorial (Zoom) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance requirements:  Attendance at a minumum of 10 of 12 tutorials is compulsory. For attendence less than 10 tutorials, 2% will be deducted per tutorial missed, in the absence of approved Special Consideration.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the limits to voluntary muscle force production in terms of both muscle structure and neural activation
  • LO2. explain the neuro-muscular adaptations to high-resistance training
  • LO3. explain the neuro-muscular adaptations to muscle disuse
  • LO4. have knowledge of evidence-based guidelines for prescription of high-resistance training, and acquire practical skills in prescription of high-resistance training
  • LO5. explain the neuro-muscular adaptations to chronic and intermittent stretching interventions.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Students requested live interaction for pre-recorded lecture content. This year this will be provided via weekely tutorial sessions.


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