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Muscle and Exercise Physiology (PHYS30005)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePHYS30005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject enables students to comprehend aspects of normal muscle development and growth, neuromuscular transmission, the control of human movement as well as the adaptation of skeletal muscle to interventions such as acute and long-term endurance and resistance training. Students will study exercise metabolism, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, intracellular signalling, and the underlying bases of muscle fatigue. Students will study how ageing affects muscle structure and function, the underlying cellular mechanisms involved in disuse atrophy, muscle damage and repair, as well as how muscle responds to different pharmacological interventions, including anabolic steroids. Students will learn about current research and research practices in muscle and exercise.

Intended learning outcomes

  • to establish a sound factual understanding of skeletal muscle structure and function and how muscle properties are changed during growth, development, exercise, ageing and pharmacological interventions.
  • to establish a strong understanding of metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and the acute and long-term responses to exercise.

Generic skills

  • developed skills to predict how skeletal muscle will adapt to altered functional demands, including those with clinical application;
  • developed skills in reading, analysing and evaluating research in the field of skeletal muscle and exercise physiology; and
  • awareness of current directions in skeletal muscle and exercise physiology research, especially in relation to health and disease

Eligibility and requirements


Bachelor of Science (2009 onwards)

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYS20008 Human Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2

plus one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYS20009 Research-Based Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2
ZOOL20006 Comparative Animal Physiology
Semester 2

PHYS20009 may also be taken concurrently.

Bachelor of Biomedicine

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function
Semester 2

Prior to 2009:

Bachelor of Science:

536-201 Principles of Physiology and
536-211 Physiology: Control of Body Function and
536-222 Experimental Physiology



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Physiology, Biochemistry

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Two 50 min mid-semester tests (2 x 15%)
  • One written report (10%)
  • One 2 hr end-of-semester examination (60%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRene Koopman
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of computer-aided learning (total contact hours: 36)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Primary Subject Coordinator

    Dr Rene Koopmanrkoopman@unimelb.edu.au

    Subject Coordinator

    Yossi Rathner


    Administrative Coordination


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

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  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to students enrolled in the NG BSc, BBioMed, pre-2008 BSc or BBiomedSc.

    Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

    This subject is recommended for BSc students and Bachelor of Biomedicine students taking a physiology major with a specialisation in molecular and cell biology or integrated systems biology.

    Resources provided: LMS including Lectopia recordings, lecture notes, study guides, etc

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 20 June 2019