EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology (8)

The aim of this subject is to understand the principles by which exercise and human movement affect human physiology and the influence that human physiology has on exercise and movement capacity. Students will engage in practical work involving measuring and evaluating physiological capacities.
This subject includes a compulsory residential school if the subject is undertaken by online study.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the metabolic, muscular, hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses to exercise and adaptations to training;
  • be able to comprehend the physiological changes and adaptations during exercise in different environmental conditions;
  • be able to comprehend the application and proficiency of the various techniques used in exercise physiology research and physical fitness testing;
  • be able to comprehend the various physiological changes and limitations associated with ageing;
  • be able to comprehend the differences in physiological capacities and training adaptations between males and females; and
  • be able to describe the fundamental principles underlying prescription, implementation and monitoring of exercise programs for healthy populations and for population groups with special needs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the field of exercise physiology;
  • Ergometry, energy, work and power;
  • Overview of energy transfer and bioenergetics;
  • Phosphagen system and ATP regeneration;
  • Glycolytic-lactate system and ATP regeneration;
  • Mitochondrial respiration and ATP regeneration;
  • Neuromuscular function during and after exercise;
  • Pulmonary function during and after exercise;
  • Cardiovascular function during and after exercise;
  • Maximal oxygen uptake and metabolic thresholds;
  • Endocrine function during and after exercise;
  • Exercise training adaptations for performance and health;
  • Thermoregulatory responses to exercise and the environment; and
  • Fundamental principles of exercise prescription and training.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR202 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online tests
Practical exam
Final exam
Engagement and attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is necessary in order to comply with accreditation requirements and to complete the appropriate volume of learning required in laboratory and practical settings.  Exploration of major concepts of exercise science in a collaborative learning environment comprising practical learning experiences using exercise equipment.

Special Resources

Travel away from term-time residence is required in order to complete the specified learning and competency assessment activities at the residential school.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.