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PHSE401 Advanced Exercise Physiology

An advanced course in exercise physiology. Extending the physiological principles of exercise and training adaptation, built upon knowledge of metabolic requirements of exercise.

This paper increases understanding of the physiological changes that occur in response to exercise, how repeated exercise and adaptation alter this response and mechanisms involved. Other factors that can alter the response will also be explored, including sex, age and environment, and some interspecies comparisons will be made.

Paper title Advanced Exercise Physiology
Paper code PHSE401
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,120.42
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 301 or 36 approved 200-level PHSL points
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 good understanding of exercise physiology and metabolism or an advanced knowledge of physiology with limited understanding of the exercise response.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Nancy J Rehrer
Paper Structure
The paper will cover topics including:
  • Thermoregulation
  • Cardiovascular regulation
  • Gastrointestinal function
  • Comparative physiology
  • Age and sex differences
  • Adaptations
  • Molecular signalling
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures require doing readings in advance of class to be able to discuss in class. Discussion questions will be put on Blackboard for each topic. Laboratory attendance and participation is mandatory.
Required readings will be linked on Blackboard. A good exercise physiology text will be good for reference. A couple of good reference texts will be placed on close reserve.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
  • An in-depth understanding of how physiological function is altered by exercise and how exercise alters physiological function and research evidence underpinning this
  • An ability to measure basic cardiovascular parameters altered by exercise and interpret data collected

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P4 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41