Muscle and Exercise Physiology

Subject PHYS30005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of computer-aided learning (total contact hours: 36)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


New Generation Bachelor of Science

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

plus one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

New Generation Bachelor of Biomedicine

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Prior to 2009:

Bachelor of Science:

536-201 Principles of Physiology and
536-211 Physiology: Control of Body Function and
536-222 Experimental Physiology

Bachelor of Biomedical Science:

521-213 Integrated Biomedical Science I and
536-250 Integrated Biomedical Science II



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Physiology, Biochemistry

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Academic Coordinator

Prof Gordon Lynch

Administrative Coordinator

Ms Lesley Robinson

Subject Overview:

This subject enables students to comprehend aspects of normal muscle development and growth, neuromuscular transmission, the control of human movement as well as the adaptation of skeletal muscle to interventions such as acute and long-term endurance and resistance training. Students will study exercise metabolism, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, intracellular signalling, and the underlying bases of muscle fatigue. Students will study how ageing affects muscle structure and function, the underlying cellular mechanisms involved in disuse atrophy, muscle damage and repair, as well as how muscle responds to different pharmacological interventions, including anabolic steroids. Students will learn about current research and research practices in muscle and exercise.

  • to establish a sound factual understanding of skeletal muscle structure and function and how muscle properties are changed during growth, development, exercise, ageing and pharmacological interventions.
  • to establish a strong understanding of metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and the acute and long-term responses to exercise.
  • Two 50 min mid-semester tests (2 x 15%)
  • One written report (10%)
  • One 2 hr end-of-semester examination (60%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • developed skills to predict how skeletal muscle will adapt to altered functional demands, including those with clinical application;
  • developed skills in reading, analysing and evaluating research in the field of skeletal muscle and exercise physiology; and
  • awareness of current directions in skeletal muscle and exercise physiology research, especially in relation to health and disease

This subject is available to students enrolled in the NG BSc, BBioMed, pre-2008 BSc or BBiomedSc.

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

This subject is recommended for BSc students and Bachelor of Biomedicine students taking a physiology major with a specialisation in molecular and cell biology or integrated systems biology.

Resources provided: LMS including Lectopia recordings, lecture notes, study guides, etc

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biocellular
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anatomy (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Human Structure and Function
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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