HSE201 - Exercise Physiology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Online with significant campus requirements

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H315, H343, H353, D333 D324, D394, M320, E377, S302, S307, H300, 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 Student Adviser in Student Central. Enrolment quotas may apply for this group of students.

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: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 1:
4 x online modules per trimester (approximately 3 hours per week)
1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week  
1 x 2 hour practical experience (laboratory) per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Trimester 3:
4 x online modules per trimester (approximately 3 hours per week)
1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per week, plus in-person attendance requirements.

In-person attendance requirements

Trimester 3: 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 has mandatory on campus attendance requirements, therefore students must be in Australia when enrolled in this unit.

If this unit is a prerequisite for future/subsequent units in your course, this prerequisite will be waived to allow your course progression to be maintained.


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.

Hurdle requirement

  • Practical examination

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