Advanced Physiology of Exercise and Training

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 3275
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Throughout this course students will gain an understanding of how the human body physiologically responds to acute and chronic exercise. Specifically, this course will address how the metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems regulate homeostasis during acute exercise and environmental stress. Additionally, this course will address how these systems adapt to exercise training and environmental stress.
Course Content

1. Metabolism
1.1 Aerobic metabolism
1.2 Anaerobic metabolism
1.3 Metabolic adaptations to exercise training

2. Respiratory
2.1 Respiration
2.2 Acute respiratory responses to exercise
2.3 Respiratory adaptations to exercise

3.1 The cardiovascular system
3.2 Acute cardiovascular responses to exercise
3.3 Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise

4. Neuromuscular
4.1 Skeletal muscle system and the neuromuscular junction
4.2 Muscular contraction and movement
4.3 Neuromuscular adaptations to exercise

5. Thermoregulation

6. Exercise and the environment (altitude/air pollution)

Learning Activities

Methods of instruction may include some or all of the following:

  • Lecture
  • Lab
  • Seminar
  • Case studies
  • Problem based learning
  • Online videos
  • Online readings
  • Group projects
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Quizzes  0-20%
Lab reports   0-30%
Term tests 20-45%
Final exam 15-40%
Class review    0-10%
Research Project     0-25%
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how physiological systems (e.g. metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular) are controlled and how they respond to the effects of acute and chronic exercise and environmental stress.
  2. Explain how physiological systems (e.g. metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular) work in an integrative manner to maintain homeostasis during exercise and environmental stress.
  3. Perform physiological measurements commonly used in an exercise physiology laboratory setting.
  4. Analyze exercise physiology data.
  5. Apply exercise physiology related concepts through applied problem solving.
  6. Communicate exercise physiology related concepts using appropriate communication skills necessary for scientific inquiry.

Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. Example textbooks and materials may include:

Sharon A. Plowman and Denise L. Smith. Exercise Physiology For Health, Fitness and Performance, 5thEd. 



60 credits, including SPSC 2275


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 3275
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2150 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 470 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 375 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 3XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023