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Unit Overview


This unit explores physiology in respect to exercise. Topics covered include pulmonary ventilation, gas exchange and transport, as well as the cardiovascular system. The oxygen capacity of blood and blood flow during rest and exercise is also considered. Other topics include energy systems and how macronutrients contribute to energy during rest and exercise, with a focus on ATP production. Students will also gain practical skills in: assessing blood pressure, 12 -lead electrocardiography (ECG), spirometry, conducting sub-maximal and maximal exercise tests.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the structure and understand the functions of macronutrients; (2) describe the three main energy systems; (3) assess aerobic and anaerobic fitness using a series of cycle or treadmill tests; (4) describe the function of the respiratory system as well as the different lung volumes and capacities at rest, and during acute and chronic exercise; (5) use a spirometer to assess lung capacities and to interpret the results at rest, during and following exercise; (6) describe how the cardiovascular system meets the demands of physical exercise; and (7) assess heart rhythms using a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assessments; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Karen Wallman
Unit rules
Successful completion of PHYL1001 Physiology - How Does the Human Body Work?

Enrolment in
CM017 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Public Health
or CM018 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or CM019 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Applied Human Performance Science

or with permission of the unit coordinator
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 45 min online lectures per week for 12 weeks
seminar: 1 x 45 min face to face session per week for 11 weeks
labs: 2 hours face to face per fortnight over 8 weeks


McArdle, W. D. et al. Essentials of Exercise Physiology, 3rd edn: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2006

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