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SPEX12-312: Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport September 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject will build upon and provide an integrative understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses that occur during exercise. Initially a systems approach will be adopted, followed by increasing attention upon the integration and regulation of the exercise response. Particular attention will be given to the physiological responses to isometric, dynamic exercise and control of ventilation at rest and during exercise.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:SPEX12-312
Subject title:Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Sports Lab: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Sports Lab
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • McArdle W.D., F.I.Katch, V.L.Katch (2014). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy & Human Performance.. 8th, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • American College of Sports Medicine (2017). ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription.. 10th, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • Reader for SPEX12-312 (Collection of published papers).
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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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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the function, regulation and interaction of physiological systems and biochemical responses to acute and chronic exercise.
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate current issues in physiology and biochemistry of exercise using effective problem solving and research strategies.
  3. Plan and perform physiological and biochemical measurements using a range of ergometers in a safe and ethical manner.
  4. Compare and contrast physiological and biochemical data obtained during acute exercise between time-points, individuals and populations.
  5. Identify and apply pre-assessment procedures and medical history evaluations conducted prior to undertaking an exercise program.
  6. Identify and describe the limitations, contraindications and considerations that may require the modification of assessments and make appropriate adjustments for relevant populations or clients.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Laboratory Skills Test Laboratory and Tutorial tasks 10% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Laboratory Skills Test ^ Practical 20% Week 13 3, 4, 5, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) n/a 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) n/a 30% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.

Pass requirement

Students must achieve at least 50% in the practical laboratory-based examination to receive a passing grade (ie: "Pass" or higher) in this subject.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * 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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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.

Disability 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

Students will understand the historical context of physical activity and recent changes that are associated with chronic disease. Basic principles of exercise will be developed, before students will gain an understanding of how work is precisely applied and regulated.

Students will develop an understanding of fluid balance and nutrition requirements for exercise

Students will briefly revise skeletal muscle function, before developing an understanding of the unique stressors on energy utilisation induced by exercise.

Further development of exercise as a stressor on metabolism, prior to investigating the metabolic changes occurring due to varied-intensity exercise.

The blood lactate threshold and gas exchange thresholds will be investigated, and how these concepts underpin exercise intensity domains.

The gas exchange responses within the exercise intensity domains will be investigated, including oxygen uptake kinetics, and interactions between aerobic and anaerobic metabolism during the onset of exercise and recovery from exercise.

Deep synthesis of the responses of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise will be investigated, including the regulation and governance.

The specific physiological responses due to varied mode, intensity, duration etc will be examined.

Demonstrate an understanding of how exercise alters blood gas, pH etc; knowledge of compensatory mechanisms (e.g., renal, respiratory).

Outline the influences of aerobic performance and the primary determinants and limitations to continued exercise.

How exercise alters the various organ systems in tandem will be investigated

Approved on: Jul 14, 2019. Edition: 1.2