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PHSE500 Advanced Exercise Metabolism

An advanced paper extending the principles of exercise physiology and biochemistry, with independent topical study. 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 Advanced Exercise Metabolism
Paper code PHSE500
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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One of PHSE 203, BIOC 221, BIOC 222, BIOC 223, BIOC 211, BIOC 212, BIOC 213
PHSE 301
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MAppSc, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Other postgraduate 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, 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. Students will also have the chance to explore independently the historical development of a landmark discovery in metabolism.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures require independent reading.
Laboratory attendance and participation mandatory.
Tutorials are arranged by consensus.
Maughan et al. Biochemistry of Exercise
Additional required readings will also be linked on Blackboard.
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 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
  • An ability to work independently to review and synthesise research findings and present them coherently to others

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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