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EXSS1041: Fundamentals in Bioenergetics

2023 unit information

The aim of this unit of study is to introduce students into energy metabolism in living systems. The specific focus will be on transformation of energy during exercise and recovery with an exploration of how energy from food influences exercise bioenergetics.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Movement Sciences

Code EXSS1041
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Be able to describe the interaction between laws of thermodynamics in the context of meeting energy demands of biological work
  • LO2. Be able to discuss total energy expenditure and its components (resting metabolic rate, thermic effect of feeding and activity energy expenditure) and its measurement methods
  • LO3. Be able to perform indirect calorimetry in aid of measuring resting metabolic rate and interpret data collected in the context of fuel utilisation.
  • LO4. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the energy of food consumed and interaction between energy storage, and energy release during exercise
  • LO5. Be able to describe how fuel utilization at rest and during exercise is influenced by intrinsic participant factors and mechanisms underscoring changes in fuel utilisation and external factors such as lifestyle choices and exercise characteristics
  • LO6. Demonstrate competency in the measurement, analysis and interpretation of data pertaining to physiological measurements at rest and during acute incremental or continuous exercise.
  • LO7. Demonstrate a fundamental capacity to evaluate and communicate in written form the reporting of physiological assessments

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive July 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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