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PHSE301 Exercise Metabolism

Extension of the principles of exercise physiology and biochemistry. Focuses on human energetics and the metabolic pathways in which substrates are made available and utilised during exercise.

Exercise increases demands on energy utilisation, and the ability to metabolise substrates (the fuel sources derived from the foods we eat) at a high rate over a long period of time can be critical to performance. How we use and store substrates also impacts on our health. This paper increases understanding of how humans metabolise and store substrates during exercise, the mechanisms involved and limitations.

Paper title Exercise Metabolism
Paper code PHSE301
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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One of PHSE 203, BIOC 221, BIOC 222, BIOC 223, BIOC 211, BIOC 212, BIOC 213
PHSE 500
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.
This paper builds on a basic understanding of exercise physiology, with a rudimentary understanding of chemistry and biochemistry principles.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Nancy J Rehrer
Paper Structure
The paper will cover energy needs and balance, how we measure these needs and the role of exercise. It will also cover energy systems and when they are utilised, looking in depth at carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and what determines when each is utilised during exercise.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures require independent reading.
Laboratories are mandatory.
Maughan et al. Biochemistry of Exercise.
Additional readings will also be linked on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Life-long learning.
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Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
  • An in-depth understanding of theories concerning the regulation of exercise metabolism and recent research evidence underpinning this
  • An in-depth understanding of how energy metabolism influences physiological function and exercise performance

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
P2 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22
P3 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-12, 15-22
P4 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22