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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Exercise Energetics and Physiology
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    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.
    One of BIOC 221, BIOC 222, BIOC 223, PHSE 203, SPEX 203 or 36 approved PHSL points
    PHSE 301, PHSE 401, PHSE 500, PHSE 501
    Schedule C

    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.


    Associate Professor Nancy Rehrer (

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator and lecturer: Associate Professor Nancy Rehrer (

    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.


    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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Understand how exercise is fueled, 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 co-operative 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)


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-39
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-39
    A3 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-39
    A4 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-39
    A5 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-39
    A6 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-39


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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