Exercise Metabolism

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Exercise Metabolism

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Health and Exercise Science, Human Biology, Physical Education, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of PHSE 203, BIOC 221, BIOC 222, BIOC 223, BIOC 211, BIOC 212, BIOC 213

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Extension of the principles of exercise physiology and biochemistry. Focuses on human energetics and the metabolic pathways in which substrates are made available and utilised during exercise.

    Exercise increases demands on energy utilisation, and the ability to metabolise substrates (the fuel sources derived from the foods we eat) at a high rate over a long period of time can be critical to performance. How we use and store substrates also impacts on our health. This paper increases understanding of how humans metabolise and store substrates during exercise, the mechanisms involved and limitations.

    Course Structure
    The paper will cover energy needs and balance, how we measure these needs and the role of exercise. It will also cover energy systems and when they are utilised, looking in depth at carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and what determines when each is utilised during exercise.

    Learning Outcomes
    On completing the paper students should demonstrate:

    • An in-depth understanding of theories concerning the regulation of exercise metabolism and recent research evidence underpinning this
    • An in-depth understanding of how energy metabolism influences physiological function and exercise performance

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