HSE320 - Exercise in Health and Disease


2023 unit information

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

Only available to students enrolled in H343, H353, D394 OR S323 students completing the Nutrition and Exercise Science major (MJ-H000026) or H315 students completing the Exercise Physiology major sequence (MJ-H000029).

Other students who would like to enrol in this unit must submit their request to Health-enquire@deakin.edu.au. Enrolment quotas apply.

Campus contact:

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Kirsten Howlett


HSE301 or HSE302 or HSE322


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.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour class per week online
1 x 2 hour seminar in alternate weeks
1 x 2 hour practical in alternate weeks


This unit provides an overview of the health benefits of physical activity and the health consequences of physical inactivity. From a biological perspective, this unit will examine the impact of exercise or physical activity on various physiological systems including the endocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. This unit will examine disorders and diseases associated with these physiological systems including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome including obesity, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders including sarcopenia and osteoporosis, respiratory disease and neurological disorders. The pathogenesis of these diseases will be addressed, and how exercise or physical activity can be prescribed in order to prevent and/or treat these disorders and diseases. Practical classes will provide students with a 'hands on' opportunity to reinforce the theory delivered in classes and seminars.

Recommended texts

ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2013) Ninth Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, USA, Philadelphia

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