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Advanced Physiology of Exercise and Training

Course Code: SPSC 3275
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Seminar, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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)

Methods of Instruction

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.

course prerequisites

60 credits, including SPSC 2275

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.