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EHR411 Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology (8)


The aim of this subject is to support student learning of the principles by which exercise and human movement affect human physiology and the influence that human physiology has on exercise and movement capacity. Students will engage in practical work involving measuring and evaluating physiological capacities during the Residential School.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in: Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science or as approved by the Course Director
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EHR202 EHR202 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the metabolic, muscular, hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses to exercise and adaptations to training;
  • be able to list the physiological changes and adaptations during exercise in different environmental conditions;
  • be able to diagrammatical link and present the multiple energy systems of skeletal muscle;
  • be able to demonstrate and explain the application of the various techniques used in exercise physiology research and physical fitness testing;
  • be able to detail the various physiological changes and limitations associated with ageing;
  • be able to explain the differences in physiological capacities and training adaptations between males and females.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the field of exercise physiology;
  • Ergometry, energy, work and power;
  • Overview of energy transfer and bioenergetics;
  • Phosphagen system and ATP regeneration;
  • Glycolytic-lactate system and ATP regeneration;
  • Mitochondrial respiration and ATP regeneration;
  • Neuromuscular function during and after exercise;
  • Pulmonary function during and after exercise;
  • Cardiovascular function during and after exercise;
  • Maximal oxygen uptake and metabolic thresholds;
  • Endocrine function during and after exercise;
  • Exercise training adaptations for performance and health;
  • Thermoregulatory responses to exercise and the environment.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 1 day residential school. Distance education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period to access laboratory facilities.  This Residential School will run consecutively with Schools for the subjects EHR412, EHR414, EHR420 and EHR423. Each distance education student will be required for three (3) days, which will include laboratory classes on each day for each student.

Specialised Resources

Distance education students are required to attend a three (3) day Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period on CSU Bathurst Campus.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.