SPCO309-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Applied Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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 improving health. Students will gain a deeper understanding of exercise physiology by examining how the response to exercise, as well as adaptations to a training stimulus, are different for specific populations and are affected by the environment.  Students will bring their existing knowledge of a sport or population (in a health context) to devise a unique activity-specific assessment tool for study during the course.  Students will also gain an increased understanding of the body’s response to exercise in different environmental conditions.

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



Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Health Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Ethics Application 03 Apr 2020 10% Complete an ethics application for the project you choose for assessment item three (the practical assessment presentation).
Practical Assessment Presentation 29 May 2020 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 in the format of a journal article - (4,000 words maximum).
In class assessment 29 May 2020 30% Involvement in all sessions is required for this class and small 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* 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

  • SPCO309-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • SPCO309-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)