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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rob Bischof


Commences with a detailed study of muscle activity (muscle energy supply and consumption, metabolism, and muscle fatigue) and extends to the study of various aspects of human exercise performance, including cardio-respiratory responses to physical activity, and the responses of endocrine and renal systems. Details current research ideas on normal function and dysfunction in this area, and discusses new methodologies. Emphasis is on assisted self-directed learning and project based learning.


On completion of this unit, students will have a knowledge and understanding of the musculo-skeletal system and the energy pathways that power muscle activity, and the adaptations that occur in response to training; provide introductory knowledge and understanding of the responses of the major body systems to exercise; introduce the link between human health and physical activity; provide an introduction to the basic evaluation and testing procedures used in exercise physiology; provide an opportunity to work as a team member in designing and conducting a small research project for a written report, oral and poster presentation.


In-semester assessment will consist of worksheets, oral presentations and 2000 word reports on projects or assignments and a practical test: 45%
Written theory examination (2 hours): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rob Bischof

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week


Any two of PHY2011, PHY2021 and PHY2032, or both BMS1052 and BMS2031 or BND2011, or permission


PHY3022, PHY3042