ESSC12001 - Exercise and Sport Physiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit examines responses and adaptations of various physiological body systems to exercise. Specifically, you will learn the physiological mechanisms underpinning acute and chronic changes in the metabolic, pulmonary, cardiovascular, endocrine, and neuromuscular systems as a response to exercise. Furthermore, you will learn how physiological function relating to exercise changes across the lifespan and in different environments. You will also develop practical skills in conducting and interpreting laboratory and field tests assessing physiological function, fitness, and performance.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health AND ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mackay City
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%
4. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.08% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 34.26% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation data
The relevance of the unit, including the utility of the knowledge and skills covered, is not overly clear to students from all disciplines.
It is recommended that discipline-specific scope of practices, example scenarios, and research findings from exercise and sport science, physiotherapy, and education settings will be incorporated in lectures, practical classes, and assessment questions to strengthen the relevance of the unit to students.
Action Taken
Greater attention was given to translating the lecture content and practical skills during classes beyond exercise and sports settings to physiotherapy and education environments.
Source: Student and Unit Teaching Evaluation feedback
The single set of questions within the practice quiz given each week limits the ability of students to undertake multiple practice attempts leading into the actual online quizzes.
It is recommended that additional questions will be included within practice quizzes each week to ensure students can complete multiple practice attempts and receive different questions for each attempt in preparation for the actual online quizzes.
Action Taken
Additional questions were provided in a question bank each week for students to receive unique practice quizzes with multiple attempts in preparing for the actual online quizzes.
Source: Student evaluations
Insufficient feedback on progress and performance was provided across the term.
It is recommended that improved methods to deliver feedback on student progress in the unit, as well as performance in assessment items, is incorporated into the unit
Action Taken
Source: Head of Course
The unit needs to be re-evaluated against updated Exercise and Sports Science Australia standards ahead of the course re-accreditation process in 2024.
It is recommended that the unit be reviewed against the updated Exercise and Sports Science Australia standards to remain in line with accreditation requirements
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the individual and integrated changes that occur in different physiological body systems in response to acute and chronic exercise
  2. Describe how physiological responses relating to exercise change across the lifespan and in different environments
  3. Collect and interpret physiological measurements obtained during laboratory and field exercise tests.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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