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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
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

With the completion of this course students will be able to analyze and interpret biological information pertaining to neuromuscular, endocrine and cardio-respiratory physiology including acute and chronic adaptations to these systems.

Course Content

  1. Exercise and Response of Biological Systems
    • neuromuscular structural and functional plasticity
    • integrated influences on metabolism
    • oxygen transport systems and support
  2. Maintaining Homeostasis
    • thermoregulation
    • feedback systems
      • negative/positive feedback loops
    • postural regulation
    • processing and interpretation of somatosensory information
  3. Exercise in Extreme Environments
    • physiological adaptation to high altitude
    • physiological adaptation to hyperbaric conditions
    • physiological adaptation to extreme heat and cold
  4. Exercise in Special Populations
    • exercise immunology
    • cardiovascular rehabilitation

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Laboratory Evaluation
  • Group Projects
  • Technology Based Learning

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Laboratories (5) 50%
Mid-term exam 20%
Final exam 30%

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrates a fundamental understanding of exercise physiology
  2. Knowledge and application of acute and chronic effects of exercise
  3. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of physiological responses to physical activity
  4. Demonstrate competencies in laboratory techniques in the areas of assess parameters of endocrine, neuromuscular, and cardio-respiratory systems
  5. Read and interpret lab assessment results

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.