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SPEX303 Exercise Energetics and Physiology

Application of physiological and biochemical principles to understand how muscle metabolism, whole body energetics and physiological systems are impacted by exercise such that performance and health can be altered.

This is an advanced paper in exercise metabolism and physiology.  It extends the physiological principles dictating the acute response to exercise and changes that occur with adaptation to training. The regulation of energy and specific substrate usage during exercise will be explored with specific emphasis on the regulation of muscle metabolism during exercise and how training alters this. Other factors that can alter the physiological response to exercise will also be explored, including sex, age and environment, and some interspecies comparisons will be made. 

Paper title Exercise Energetics and Physiology
Paper code SPEX303
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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Prerequisite
One of PHSE 203, SPEX 203, BIOC 221, BIOC 222, BIOC 223, or 36 approved PHSL points
Restriction
PHSE 301, PHSE 401, PHSE 500, PHSE 501
Schedule C
Science
Contact

physical-education@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator and lecturer:  Associate Professor Nancy J Rehrer
Lecturer:  Professor Jim Cotter

Textbooks

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, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand how exercise is fuelled, the acute metabolic and physiological responses to exercise, adaptations to repetitive exercise, and mechanisms involved (informational literacy).
  • Use peer-reviewed research literature to assess and apply information to a given situation or premise (research).
  • Develop basic research skills, including literature searches and laboratory testing involving human participants (research).
  • Improve cooperative skills by working in groups (teamwork). 
  • Understand the scientific method and applying this to critiquing publication and practices within sports science (critical thinking, lifelong learning, self-motivation).
  • Enhance presentation skills including oral, written and graphic representation and the use of technology herewith (scholarship, communication).
Eligibility

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. 

Paper Structure

The paper will cover topics including:

  • Energetics 
  • Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Age and Sex Differences
  • Muscle 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 compulsory. 

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41