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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physiology for Sport and Exercise
    Subject Physiology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HUBS 191, HUBS 192, PHSE 191, PHSE 192, PHSL 200-level papers, PTWY 131
    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:  BSc major in Physical Education, Activity and Health, BSc major in Exercise and Sport Science, BSc in Sport Development and Management;

    Recommended for: 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

    Convenor: Aisya Ahmad Zamri

    Lecturers: Dr Tanya Cull, Abi Walker, Dr Michelle Munro, Dr Mike Gill, Professor Roslyn Kemp and Professor Rebecca Campbell

    Paper Structure

    A series of 10 lecture modules based on major body systems and processes, supplemented by weekly practicals.

    Internal Assessment: 50%

    Final Examination: 50%

    Teaching Arrangements

    39 lectures (3 per week) and 12 labs (1 per week) on campus


    Required: Martini et al. (2018). Visual Anatomy and Physiology, 3rd ed, Pearson.

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

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    1. Understand why constancy of the internal environment in humans is important, including the basic mechanisms by which this is achieved and how extensively it can be stressed by exercise and the external environment.
    2. Understand the normal cellular functions and the interrelation of major physiological systems.
    3. Have a knowledge of, and skills to measure various physiological parameters such as EMG, ECG, heart rate, blood pressure, haematocrit, minute ventilation, alveolar gases, VO2 and VCO2, blood glucose concentration and urine pH.
    4. Be able to synthesise and interpret written information, and graphical and numerical data, in order to solve problems, ask and answer questions.
    5. Work and communicate effectively in groups.
    6. Have computer-based skills for acquiring biophysical information.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 08:00-08:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 08:00-08:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 30-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
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