BIOS 2012 Exercise Physiology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401142

Coordinator Simon Green Opens in new window

Description This subject covers the essential physiology that helps us understand how we control our exercise behaviour. In lectures there is a focus on physiological control, with emphasis on neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and thermoregulatory responses during exercise, as well as adaptation of these responses in response to ageing, disease and exercise training. In laboratory classes, there is a focus on the acquisition and interpretation of physiological responses during exercise.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Human Biology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NATS 1009 AND
NATS 1022

Equivalent Subjects BIOS 2037 - Sport and Exercise Phyiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain how the central nervous system controls muscle force during common types of movement and exercise.
  2. Explain how the cardiovascular system adjusts to exercise and how it supports the increased muscular work.
  3. Explain how the respiratory system adjusts to exercise and how it supports the increased muscular work.
  4. Explain how body temperature is regulated during exercise.
  5. Explain the signs and symptoms of heat stress during exercise using the understanding required in the above-mentioned learning outcomes (#1-4).
  6. Analyse and interpret physiological data recorded during an exercise experiment.
  7. Collate and organise experimental observations in a simple, neat and useful manner.

Subject Content

1. Overview of the essential physiology of movement and exercise, including metabolism (covered in Bioenergetics).
2. Neuromuscular physiology and exercise.
3. Cardiovascular physiology and exercise.
4. Respiratory physiology and exercise.
5. Thermoregulation and exercise.
6. Laboratory classes focused on ergometry and the recording, analysis and interpretation of neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and thermal responses during rest and exercise.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Report 300 words plus a maximum of four tables and figures 30 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 60 minutes 42 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 40 minutes 28 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Kenney, W.L., Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L. Physiology of Sport and Exercise. Seventh Edition. Human Kinetics Publishers. 2020

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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