EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology (8)

The aim of this subject is to understand 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.
This subject includes a compulsory residential school if the subject is undertaken by Distance Education.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Bachelor of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation)

Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Studies

Bachelor of Education (Health & PE)

Bachelor of Sports Science

Bachelor of Education (HPE)(Honours)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this 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 comprehend the physiological changes and adaptations during exercise in different environmental conditions;
  • be able to comprehend the application and proficiency of the various techniques used in exercise physiology research and physical fitness testing;
  • be able to comprehend the various physiological changes and limitations associated with ageing;
  • be able to comprehend the differences in physiological capacities and training adaptations between males and females.


This 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 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance Education students are required to attend a five (5) day Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period.

This Residential School is necessary in order to comply with accreditation requirements and to complete the appropriate volume of learning required in this subject in laboratory and practical settings.

Special Resources

Distance Education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.