Muscle and Exercise Physiology

Subject PHYS30005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of computer-aided learning (total contact hours: 36)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Bachelor of Science (2009 onwards)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

plus one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

PHYS20009 may also be taken concurrently.

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



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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Gordon Lynch


Subject Coordinator

Prof Gordon Lynch

Administrative Coordination

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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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%)

Prescribed Texts:


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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anatomy (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Human Structure and Function
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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