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An introduction to the function of the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, blood, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune, urinary and reproductive systems of the human body.
This paper is an introduction to human systems physiology through exploration of the function of the various organ systems and their responses in exercise and sport. It is intended for Physical Education students enrolled in the Physical Education, Activity, and Health, Exercise and Sport Science, and Sport Development and Management majors.
|Paper title||Physiology for Sport and Exercise|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,314.50|
- HUBS 191, HUBS 192, PHSE 191, PHSE 192, PHSL 200-level papers
- Recommended Preparation
- ANAT 101
- Schedule C
- (i) This paper is intended for students taking the Physical Education, Activity and Health; Exercise and Sport Science; or Sports Development and Management major subjects. (ii) May not be used to progress to the Physiology major or minor subject for BSc. (iii) May not be taken concurrently with or after having passed any 200-level PHSL paper.
Required for: BAppSc major in Physical Education, Activity and Health; BSc major in Exercise and Sport Science.
Recommended for: Bachelor of Science in Sport Development and Management; Bachelor of Arts in Sport Development and Management.
Non-Physical Education students interested in PHSL 101 should normally have passed at least 108 points and should contact the Department of Physiology prior to selecting this paper in eVision.
PHSL 101 may not be taken concurrently with or after having passed any PHSL 200-level paper.
- Teaching staff
Academic Course Convenor: Professor Alison Heather
- Paper Structure
The paper is delivered as a series of integrated lectures and laboratory classes. Internal assessment will be by a mid-semester test worth 15% of the course mark and by ten short-answer and multiple-choice-question tests, each worth 2% on completion of each study topic (20% of total mark). The final written examination is worth 65% of the total mark, and students must score 40% or more in the final exam to pass the paper.
Lecture topics: Life processes, Nerve and Muscle, Central Nervous System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Immune System, Endocrine System, Reproduction, Development and Inheritance, Gastrointestinal System, Urinary System.
Laboratory classes: Cell Biology and Homeostasis, Nerve and Muscle, Central Nervous System, Respiratory and Cardiovascular System, Blood and Immune System, Integration.
- Teaching Arrangements
38 lectures complemented by six three-hour lab classes.
Required: Martini et al. (2018). Visual Anatomy and Physiology, 3rd ed, Pearson.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information
literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Understand why constancy of the internal environment in humans is important, including the basic mechanisms by which this achieved and how extensively it can be stressed by exercise and the environment
- Understand the normal function of the major physiological systems in humans, specifically: muscular, peripheral and central nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, blood, immune, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and renal/urinary
- Have a rudimentary understanding of the reproductive system, particularly how males' and females' reproductive systems shape growth and development, and vice versa, and how exercise can affect this system
- Appreciate that all physiological systems are heavily interrelated and are also impacted by a stress such as exercise.
- Be able to access, synthesise and interpret information
- Have knowledge of the basic parameters - including their normal levels - of cardiovascular and respiratory function, including the skills to measure these parameters (e.g. blood pressure, haematocrit, minute ventilation)
- Be able to interpret graphical and numerical data and to solve problems
- Work and communicate well in groups
- Have additional computer-based skills for acquiring biophysical information