SPCO309-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Applied Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course provides students with a comprehensive examination of the interaction between the body's energy systems and its response to training. Students learn to critically analyse current trends in nutritional support and training strategies. Students are required to assess, train and analyse the performance of a small group of athletes through the duration of the course.

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply exercise physiology principles to enhancing sporting performance and supporting athlete training. It examines the biochemical processes by which the body’s energy systems interact at different exercise intensities. Students will gain an increased depth of understanding of the body’s response to exercise in different environmental conditions. The learning outcomes are based around both critical analysis of contemporary topics in exercise physiology and application of principles of exercise physiology to supporting athlete training and performance in a variety of environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate energy system contribution to physical exercise at varying intensities.
2. Critically discuss adaptations to a variety of forms of training.
3. Analyse and evaluate ergogenic aids for enhancing sports performance and supporting athlete training.
4. Critically analyse fitness assessment tools available to exercise physiologists.
5. Prescribe appropriate training methods for supporting athletes to achieve training goals.
6. Critically evaluate the effects of different environments and contexts on physiological functioning
7. Critically explain the role of the exercise physiologist in providing training support for a variety of populations.


1) SPCO209 or
2) SPCO206, or
3) enrolment in GradCertSpC, or
4) approval by Programme Coordinator



Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab (18/3)
Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (18/2-11/3, 25/3-1/4, 29/4-27/5)
18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab (27/2)
Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (20/2, 6/3-3/4, 1/5-29/5)
18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Format of the course:
Lecture (2 hour) and practical (2 hour) each week

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Health Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Ethics Application 05 Apr 2019 10% Complete an ethics application for the project you choose for assessment item three (the practical assessment presentation).
Exercise Physiology Literature Review 06 May 2019 40% Choose one topic from the class topics (weeks 1 - 12) and conduct a literature review of this topic. What are the latest findings in this field, how would you summarise these findings? Where should research head next? This will be due by 5pm.
Practical Assessment Presentation 30 May 2019 50% 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 as an in-class powerpoint presentation or conference poster.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.


Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided.  In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.


Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online at:
The specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bspc_regs.shtml
The College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:
The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.

Special Consideration

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml

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 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

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 03 369 5000.

Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus Students
Where your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All SPCO309 Occurrences

  • SPCO309-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019
  • SPCO309-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)