SPCO209-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course is designed to develop each student’s knowledge and skills in relation to the theory and practice of exercise physiology. The lecture sessions will cover, in detail, the energy systems as they underpin health and performance. The laboratory sessions will provide students with the knowledge, time and opportunity to develop hands-on practical skills for fitness assessments both in the field and laboratory - essential for every exercise physiologist. In addition students will gain experience and skills in reading and critiquing research papers, analysing data using statistics as well as writing research papers.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, successful students will be able to:
1. Explain the energy requirements and sources of human energy production during anaerobic and aerobic exercise.
2. Discuss the acute and chronic responses of the body to exercise in health and performance contexts.
3. Critique and apply a variety of assessment tools for fitness testing in the field and laboratory
4. Recommend appropriate training methods for supporting athletes from different populations to enhance performance.
5. Analyse data collected in laboratory sessions and effectively report results.



SPCO206, TEPE203, TEPE103

Course Coordinator

Nick Draper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Laboratory report 26 Apr 2024 30% Students use and analyse class data to write a laboratory report using their own research aim. Students to incorporate knowledge from class and their own literature search to introduce the topic and compare to their results in the discussion. To be presented either as an A0 or A1 size Poster or a Journal Article and to include: an introduction, method results, discussion, take home message/conclusion and references. This will be due by 5pm.
In-class assessment 31 May 2024 30% Assignments will be set each week to assess this course component. The tasks for each week will be shown on each LEARN page. Requirements will involve a variety of assigned activities to support learning for the class. This assignment should be submitted with the portfolio in the same document (at the back of the document after the portfolio of tests). This will be due by 5pm.
Practical assessment portfolio 31 May 2024 40% Students to learn and lead an assessment for 5 exercise physiology tests, submitting a portfolio containing a written description of each test, a rationale for its use and a protocol and range of tests that might be used as alternatives. Students will also create a video showing themselves conducting the 5 selected tests on an athlete. The portfolio should be submitted via Turnitin and contain a link to the video (one edited video showing all 5 tests). The video should be uploaded to a private YouTube link or similar. This will be due by 5pm.

*Emergency provisions: In the case of an emergency that affects the whole course, the Course Coordinator, in consultation with the Dean,  may change the nature, weighting and timing of assessments, e.g. tests and examination may be replaced with assignments of the same weight or different weight at a different time and/or date (which, under certain circumstances, may be outside the prescribed course dates).  The ‘Special consideration’ process will also be used for unforeseen circumstances that adversely affect the academic performance of students individually. The usual grounds for this are described in the UC policy ‘Special Consideration Procedures and Guidelines’, and personal circumstances due to a wider emergency event may also qualify.

Additional Course Outline Information


The award regulations for the Bachelor of Health Sciences can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online here. The specific award regulations for the degree can be found here.
The Faculty of Health guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the Faculty grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found here.
The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found here.

Special Consideration

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information.

Partial Exemption from Assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have  previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO209 Occurrences

  • SPCO209-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • SPCO209-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)