SPCO309-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Applied Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course provides students with an opportunity to extend their knowledge in the field of exercise physiology as it applies to health and sports performance settings. This includes examining ergogenic aids, the benefits of physical activity, and the effects of different environments on the acute and chronic response to exercise. The assessment will require the development of a novel sport science test; students will bring their existing knowledge of a sport to devise a unique sport-specific assessment tool and examine its validity and reliability.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, successful students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse a range of fitness assessment tools available to exercise physiologists.
2. Develop novel, valid and reliable, sport-specific assessment tools for a range of sports and populations
3. Prescribe appropriate training methods for supporting athletes to achieve training goals.
4. Describe adaptations to a variety of forms of training.
5. Analyse and evaluate ergogenic aids for enhancing sports performance and supporting athlete training.
6. Critically evaluate the effects of different environments and contexts on physiological functioning


1) SPCO209 or 2) SPCO206



Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Nick Draper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Ethics Application 31 Mar 2023 10% Complete an ethics application for the project you choose for the sport-specific physiological test study. This will be due by 5pm.
In class assessment 02 Jun 2023 30% Attendance at, and active involvement in, all sessions is expected for this class. Assignments will be set each week to assess this course component. Requirements will involve a variety of assigned activities to support learning for the class. This will be due by 5pm.
Sport-specific physiological test study 29 May 2023 60% Design and develop a unique exercise physiology based performance assessment tool for a sport or population of your choice. Assess the validity and reliability of the measure, present your findings a poster format. Presented in-class at 10am.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* 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 SPCO309 Occurrences

  • SPCO309-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • SPCO309-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)