SSEH3366 Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Content
This unit aims to help students understand why more than one type of fuel is needed to support energy demands during exercise; how different energy systems are used during different types of exercise (e.g. marathon, sprint, resistance exercise); how muscles control the rate at which they burn their fuels during exercise; how at the cellular level, strength training increases muscle size, and how to optimise muscle growth; how the skeletal muscles and body adapt to endurance training; why some dietary regimes are better than others for optimal exercise performance; how muscles replenish their fuel stores after exercise even without food intake; how starvation and aging cause muscle atrophy and a fall in exercise performance; how fat stores communicate with the brain to control appetite and energy balance, and how imbalanced diets and low physical activity levels interfere with this communication to cause obesity; and why losing fat is so difficult to achieve for most overweight/obese people. Finally, this unit helps develop a critical attitude toward not only popular beliefs in general, but also the scientific literature.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain why humans and other animal species rely on more than one type of fuel to support their energy demands during exercise; (2) explain how different energy stores are used during different types of physical activity (e.g. marathon, sprint, resistance exercise); (3) explain how skeletal muscles match their fuel use to their energy demands; (4) explain at the cellular level how strength training increases muscle size and how to optimise muscle growth; (5) understand how skeletal muscles and body adapt to endurance training; (6) explain why some dietary regimes are better than other for optimal exercise performance; (7) describe how skeletal muscles replenish their fuel stores after exercise even without food intake; (8) explain how starvation and aging cause muscle atrophy and a fall in exercise performance; (9) explain how fat stores communicate with the brain to control appetite and energy balance and how imbalanced diets and low physical activity level interfere with this communication to cause obesity; (10) learn at the molecular level why losing fat is so difficult to achieve for most people; and (11) develop a critical attitude toward not only popular beliefs in general but also the scientific literature.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-of-semester examination; (2) mid-semester examination; and (3) assignments (small revision assignments and a major end-of-semester assignment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Paul Fournier
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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