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HSE201 - Exercise Physiology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong),

Trimester 3: Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H315, H343, D324, D394, M320, E377, S302, S307, H300 or H300CR, H300DA, H300WE, D368, D391, S323 students completing the Exercise Science major sequence (MJ-H000016) or minor sequence (MN-H000016) or the Nutrition and Exercise Science major (MJ-H000026).

Other students who would like to enrol in this unit must submit their request to Enrolment quotas apply.

Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Stuart Warmington

Trimester 3: Jackson Fyfe

Campus contact:

Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Chris Shaw


E377 students: EEH103

All other students: HBS109


Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1 Campus: 4 x online modules per trimester (3-5 hours per week, which include 20 x 1 hour class recordings), 1 x 1 hour class workshop per week, and 11 x 2 hour practicals per trimester.


Trimester 3 Cloud (online): 4 x online modules per trimester (3-5 hours per week), 1 x 1 hour workshop per week (conducted asynchronously online), and 1 x 4 day laboratory intensive scheduled during trimester to be undertaken at either Burwood (Melbourne) for students enrolled at Burwood (Melbourne) based courses or Waurn Ponds (Geelong) for all other students


This unit examines the integrated physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise, with emphasis on the muscular, metabolic and oxygen transport systems. Students will learn about scenarios where these physiological systems limit exercise performance including examples such as, exercise in extreme environments (e.g. heat, altitude), dehydration, carbohydrate depletion and neuromuscular fatigue. In addition, students will explore the physiological reasoning behind improvements to exercise performance through the use of ‘ergogenic’ aids and technologies.


Laboratory classes introduce students to the skills and techniques used to assess performance and the physiological responses to exercise, including skills to analyse, interpret and present experimental data.


Assessment task 1: 6 x practical group data reports 10%

Assessment task 2: 6 x individual practical reports (approx 2400 words in total for the written questions for all reports combined) 25%

Assessment task 3: 4 x end-module topic quizzes (30 minutes each, conducted online) 20%

Assessment task 4: Data Skills examination (30 minutes) 15%

Assessment task 5: End-trimester examination (1 hour) 30%


Hurdle requirement

Practical examination

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