Courses & Units

Exercise Physiology CXA237



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This unit examines the physiological responses to exercise, the physiological adaptations to exercise training and the regulation of exercise performance. Topics covered in this unit include respiratory, cardiac and muscle physiology, the role of the central nervous system in exercise, mechanisms of fatigue (central and peripheral), acid base balance, thermoregulation endocrine function, whilst providing an introduction to ergogenic aids.


Unit name Exercise Physiology
Unit code CXA237
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Mr Darren Henstridge
Teaching staff Doctor Courtney McGowan|Doctor Greig Watson|Nathan Pitchford|Doctor Nathan Pitchford
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate the normal metabolic, cardio-respiratory, endocrine, neural and musculoskeletal responses to exercise and the physiological mechanisms that control these variables.
  • Describe and evaluate the external factors that influence exercise performance with respect to: the environment, training variables, ergogenic aids and physiological adaptations to training and the factors suggested to regulate/ limit exercise performance.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret information (data) that describes physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise.
  • Communicate and summarize exercise physiology concepts, in writing with figures and tables in a scientific manner.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010913 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(CZZ101 and CZZ102) or CXA107


Teaching Pattern

Practical –  3hours (6 weeks)

Tutorial – 1 hour (3 weeks)

AssessmentQuizzes (15%)|Final Examination (30%)|Practical Reports (55%)
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McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. & Katch, V.L. (2015). Exercise Physiology, Nutrition,

Energy and Human Performance. 8th Ed. Wolters Kluwer.

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