EHR311 Advanced Human Exercise Physiology (8)

This subject applies physiological principles to explain acute responses to exercise and chronic adaptations to training, with emphasis on the muscular and cardiovascular systems. The laboratory component is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct standard physical fitness assessments, which are applicable for employment in clinical, corporate and community fitness programs, as well as exercise and sports science research. It is compulsory for students studying online to attend a three (3) day residential school for this subject.


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

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR311. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the cardiovascular and respiratory responses to acute and chronic exercise of various modes and intensities;
  • be able to evaluate evidence-based literature to determine best practice recovery strategies and ergogenic aids for exercise performance;
  • be able to explain the role of fatigue during exercise and the influence on behaviour;
  • be able to explain the biochemical and molecular responses to exercise and the influence on training adaptations;
  • be able to analyse results from laboratory-based projects and deduce appropriate findings and recommendations; and
  • be able to undertake appropriate exercise physiology-based testing for healthy and athletic populations autonomously.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical and practical skills for the evaluation of cardiac and pulmonary function, muscular strength and endurance, and autonomic function;
  • Recovery strategies and ergogenic aids to improve exercise performance;
  • Biochemical and molecular responses to exercise; and
  • Theoretical and practical skills to undertake exercise testing to inform exercise prescription.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR311 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online practical exam
Laboratory manuscript
Final exam
Online residential school activities

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Compulsory for Online Study students to attend a three (3) day Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period. This Residential School is necessary in order to develop practical skills to meet learning outcomes and comply with accreditation requirements.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.
All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.