HSE110 - Muscle Biology for Exercise Science


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Jackson Fyfe 

Campus contact:

Trimester 2

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Craig Wright 




HSE010 and HSN010

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Students will, on average, spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the learning and assessment activities in this unit. This includes class time, designated activities, assessment tasks, readings, and study time.

This unit is comprised of 3 learning topics. Each learning topic consists of online learning experiences provided via CloudDeakin, accompanied by weekly 2-hour practical activities delivered via a combination of workshop-style seminars, laboratory experiment practicals and computer practicals.


New unit 2018


The contraction of skeletal muscle generates the force to move the body and is fundamental to normal physical function and sporting performance. A thorough understanding of muscle structure, function and responses to exercise and exercise training is vitally important for the exercise physiologist as well as those working in other disciplines of exercise and sports science. In this unit, students will learn about the fundamental biology of skeletal muscle with respect to the delivery and utilisation of fuels to support muscle contraction, the associated acute cellular responses and longer term adaptations, while also examining maladaptations associated with inactivity that are central to many chronic diseases. The unit will also develop knowledge of research techniques and practical skills in the assessment of muscle biology. This is a foundation unit for the Major in Exercise Physiology.


Assessment task 1: 3 x Laboratory reports (approximately1800 words total) 45%

Assessment task 2: 3 x Online MCQ tests 20%

Assessment task 3: End of year examination (90 minutes) 35%

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