Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Matt Watt


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 be able to:

  1. Describe the energy pathways that power skeletal muscle activity, and how exercise training leads to adaptations in skeletal muscle structure and function;

  1. Outline how the cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and immune systems respond to exercise;

  1. Describe the roles of exercise in human growth, development and ageing;

  1. Critically evaluate the link between human health and levels of physical activity;

  1. Use standard physiological testing procedures to evaluate human subjects for exercise capacity and performance;

  1. Work effectively in a team to design and carry out an exercise research project and to communicate this as a written scientific report and a poster presentation;

  1. Critically evaluate the scientific literature and write a literature review on an exercise-related topic.


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)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


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


PHY3022, PHY3042