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SPEX203 Exercise Physiology

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Acute and chronic responses to exercise, including limitations within and between individuals, effects of different types of exercise and environments, effects on health, and methods of analysing responses, limitations and effects.

This paper describes the acute and adaptive physiological responses to exercise in various contexts (e.g. resistance and endurance exercise), for health or performance. It also covers measurement of exercise intensity and energy usage.

Paper title Exercise Physiology
Paper code SPEX203
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HUBS 192 or PHSE 192 or PHSL 101
PHSE 203
Schedule C

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Jim Cotter - contact:

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Professor Jim Cotter
Lecturers: Associate Professor Nancy Rehrer
Associate Professor Lynnette Jones

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures (3 hours per week), laboratories (eight 2-hour sessions) and an optional tutorial per week.


To be advised - contact the paper co-ordinator for details

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to

  • Explain acute physiological responses to different durations and intensities of exercise at the level of the cell, organs or tissues and the whole body
  • Explain the likely physiological adaptations to different types of exercise training
  • Understand the effects of personal factors (e.g. age, sex) and environmental factors (e.g. heat) on exercise performance and physiological responses
  • Explain the basic principles of fitness testing and of prescribing fitness training for different forms of exercise (endurance, power, strength)

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A2 Monday 12:00-13:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A3 Monday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A4 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A5 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A6 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A7 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A8 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A9 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A10 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A11 Thursday 12:00-13:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A12 Thursday 14:00-15:50 10-12, 14, 17-19, 21
A13 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21
A14 Monday 16:00-17:50 10-12, 14-15, 18-19, 21