SPCO309-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Applied Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 a comprehensive examination of the interaction between the body's energy systems and its response to training and different environments. Students will have the 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 to devise a unique activity-specific assessment tool for study during the course.

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

Nick Draper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Ethics Application 01 Apr 2022 10% Complete an ethics application for the project you choose for the practical assessment presentation. This will be due by 5pm.
In class assessment 03 Jun 2022 30% Attendance to all sessions is encouraged 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 03 Jun 2022 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). 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $926.00

International fee $4,563.00

* 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

  • SPCO309-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • SPCO309-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)