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SP3106 - Applied Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will examine special interest topics in the area of exercise and sport including the physiological, biochemical and pathological effects of short and long-term exposure to exercise in extreme environmental conditions, drugs in sport, blood biochemistry, and the short- (acute) and long-term (chronic) physiological responses to exercise.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the classes of prescribed and prohibited drugs;
  • Discuss ethics, drug testing procedures and various substances and their effects and possible side effects;
  • Critically evaluate the physiological principles of training, detraining, overtraining, fatigue and recovery on exercise responses and adaptations;
  • Critically analyse the individual and integrated physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise under normal conditions, in different environments, and by external influences (e.g. ergogenic aids or technologies);
  • Analyse and interpret physiological data obtained during acute exercise, and compare such data between time points, individuals and populations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (45%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (15%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (30%) - Group & Individual
  • Oral > Debate - (10%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled practical classes.

Prerequisites: SP2007


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.