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EXSS3061: Exercise Responses and Programming

This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise. The unit describes the basic metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise training in healthy, asymptomatic individuals. It outlines the different modalities of exercise testing for quantification of functional capacity, exercise prescription and training. It examines physical deconditioning and the associated physiological deterioration. It also provides an introduction to clinical populations who would benefit from exercise training. Students apply and integrate theoretical knowledge through practical and tutorial classes. Students will develop skills to measure physiological responses to exercise and cardiorespiratory fitness. Based on best-practice guidelines, students will design an exercise program for a healthy individual.

Code EXSS3061
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
EXSS1036 or EXSS2032
Assumed knowledge:
BIOS1170 or BIOS2170

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

  • LO1. Understand considerations for safe cardiorespiratory fitness assessment for a variety of client groups
  • LO2. Describe and explain the individual and integrated physiological responses of the cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic systems to acute exercise of differing intensities
  • LO3. Describe and explain combinations of dosage variable for effective exercise prescription to increase endurance capacity
  • LO4. Describe and explain the adaptations in cardiovascular and metabolic systems responsible for increased endurance capacity, and associated health benefits, following exercise training in young adult and elderly healthy individuals and in individuals with a variety of chronic medical conditions.
  • LO5. Describe and explain the adaptations in cardiovascular and metabolic systems responsible for decreased endurance capacity following disuse, bed rest and aging.
  • LO6. Perform cardiorespiratory fitness assessments and interpret the physiological responses of an individual during exercise
  • LO7. Evaluate the evidence-base for endurance training for clinical populations in terms of positive performance and health outcomes through review of published randomised-controlled trials and meta-analyses.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.