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.

Details

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

Pre-requisites

For CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences students: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 AND BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 AND ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health

For CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science students: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 AND BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2

For CB85 Bachelor of Physiotherapy students: BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 AND BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

For CC13 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students: ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health AND ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.4% 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 feedback.
Feedback
Difficult to draw connections between theory and practical work in some cases.
Recommendation
More time will be allocated to explaining the theory behind laboratory tasks prior to attendance at laboratory blocks.
Action Taken
The theoretical concepts raised in lectures were directly linked to laboratory tasks for students to understand the application of knowledge in the practical scenarios performed.
Source: Self-reflection and supportive staff.
Feedback
The administration of laboratory blocks for some on-campus students and not others is inconsistent.
Recommendation
All students will complete the laboratory component at designated 2-day blocks across term.
Action Taken
Four separate 2-day laboratory blocks were offered for students to attend to ensure consistency in the delivery of the laboratory component to all students.
Source: Self-reflection and academic staff.
Feedback
Some of the content overlaps with new units being developed.
Recommendation
Information (e.g. nutritional supplements, clinical detail) covered in other developed units will be removed from the unit content.
Action Taken
Content covered in other units was removed from the unit to avoid overlap and provide a more focused approach.
Source: Student feedback via unit evaluations, email, and face-to-face communication.
Feedback
This term, I had to restructure the lecture schedule so that the majority of content was covered in the first 5 weeks of term. Students overwhelmingly praised this approach as it gave added flexibility in their study across term.
Recommendation
Continue to deliver the lecture content in the front-end of term to provide added flexibility in learning the key theoretical concepts across the remainder of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via email and face-to-face communication.
Feedback
Having 5 online tests, with each focused on a specific module (as opposed to 2 larger online tests covering multiple modules) was well-received by students and resulted in improved student performance.
Recommendation
Continue to implement 5 online tests, with each covering a designated module.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via unit evaluations and personal reflection.
Feedback
The hormonal responses to exercise were discussed in a segregated manner, making it difficult to link the various hormonal responses collectively.
Recommendation
Content on the hormonal responses to exercise will be delivered in an integrated manner to enable an improved understanding of how different hormonal responses interact with one another.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - On-campus Activity