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SPEX13-336: Advanced Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport May 2020 [Standard]

General information

This subject follows on from the preceding subject, "Physiology and Biochemistry of Sport and Exercise" and will extend the integrative understanding of the physiological, biochemical and molecular factors both regulating and responding to, exercise, training and specific environmental conditions. Special emphasis will be directed to consideration of iron metabolism, immune function, signal transduction, and the role of genotype and gene expression in the regulation of human phenotype in response to exercise-related stimuli and environmental stressors.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:SPEX13-336
Subject title:Advanced Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Sports Lab: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Sports Lab
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students are expected to attend all classes. In particular, the group project may require additional attendance to that indicated in the subject outline at times outside of the usual class times. Students should be cognisant of the workload and time-frame associated within their group project, and realistically evaluate the group's ability to complete the project "on time".


Prescribed resources:
  • Supplied by SPEX during Week 1.. [Reader: A compendium of approx 40 research papers.]
  • Supp;lied by SPEX during Week 1.. [Laboratory Manual]
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe and apply the physiological, biochemical and molecular processes mediating the acute and chronic response to exercise in varied environments.
  2. Plan and conduct an exercise and sports science based project using effective research strategies.
  3. Communicate effectively in both verbal and written contexts.
  4. Critically evaluate current issues in physiology and molecular biology of exercise using effective problem-solving.
  5. Apply the principles and theories relevant to exercise and sports science laboratory skills and techniques.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Quiz iLearn quizzes 10% Ongoing 1, 4, 5.
*Online Quiz iLearn test 20% Week 7 1, 3, 4, 5.
Project Report § Group Research Project 40% Week 12 2, 3, 4, 5.
*Online Quiz iLearn test - final 30% Week 13 1, 4, 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Iron metabolism, signal transduction and the immunology of exercise & training

An examination of the effects of high-altitude, deep water & thermally challenging environments on human performance at the limits of human physiology.

Molecular processes underpinning human responses to exercise and training, in the context of adaptations exhibited by specific physiological systems.

Semester-long project investigating the physiological responses to exercise & training. Culminates in both the submission of a research report and a seminar presentation covering the full project.

Physiological, biochemical and molecular processors mediating human response to exercise, training & environmental stressors.

Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 2.3