Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry (EXSS2028)


This unit discusses the acute responses to exercise with a specific emphasis on the roles of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in oxygen transport and the significance of sub-maximal and maximal oxygen consumption in the limitations to performance. The concepts of acid-base balance during exercise and of lactate and ventilatory thresholds will be examined. Furthermore, this unit develops an understanding of the specific metabolic response to exercise at the peripheral cellular level and the biochemical strategies that maintain energy balance during exercise and a return to homeostasis in recovery. Students will put theory into practice with laboratory tasks that encourage skill acquisition in the collection of real-time physiological data of the respiratory and cardiovascular response to exercise.

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3x1-hr lectures/week, 2-hr practical or tutorial some weeks


practical report (10%), quizzes (4x1%), 1.5h mid semester exam (38%), 2 hr end semester exam (48%)


Brooks, GA; Fahey, TD; Baldwin KM/Exercise phsyiology: human bioenergetics and its applications/Fourth Edition/2005/0-07-255642-0/. Tiidus P, Russell Tupling A., Houston, ME. Biochemistry Primer for Exercise Science (2012) 4th Ed. Human Kinetics.

Practical work

1x2-hr class on 3 occasions

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: BIOS1167, EXSS1032


EXSS2019, EXSS2017

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