KIN 413
Physiology of Exercise


Physiology is the study of the functions of the various bodily systems. Exercise physiology specifically addresses . . .
the description and explanation of functional changes brought about by single (acute) or repeat exercise sessions (chronic exercise or training), often with the objective of improving the exercise response.
The specific areas to be covered in depth in this course are outlined under the Lecture Topics schedule. The class will be conducted on a lecture-discussion basis with laboratory experiments to be conducted weekly.



 Instructor:L.R. Brilla
 26 Carver, Office hours:Check Bulletin Board outside CV 26

  Lab T.A.:     Sarah Viera (check the Canvas site for office hours), 210A Carver, 650-2851

  Text:   Powers, S. K. and Howley, E. T. (2011).  Exercise Physiology.  NY: McGraw-Hill (also available as an ebook on CourseSmart)       

  KIN 413 Lab Manual (on Canvas)

  Prerequisites:  Anatomy and Physiology, KIN, PE, or Health major, or permission of instructor.


1. To develop a basic understanding of the bodily mechanisms required for human movement with emphasis on functional components.

2. To describe the responses and adaptations made by the body to acute as well as chronic physical activity.

3. To implement the physiological bases of movement in examination of already existing conditioning programs in initiation of activity programs for apparently healthy populations from all age groups.

4. To acquiesce the need for inclusion of theoretical bases into practical applications.

5. To participate in and conduct laboratory experiments relating to the concepts presented in lecture meetings.

Performance assessed for each objective in examinations and brochure, except for numbers 4 and 5 which are assessed by laboratory reports and study questions.

Evaluation:           Mid-term Exam #1 (50 minutes)                            60 pts.
                               Mid-term Exam #2 (50 minutes)                             60 pts.                    
                               Mid-term Exam #3 (50 minutes)                             60 pts.
                               Mid-term Exam #4 (50 minutes)                            60 pts
	         Final Exam (2 hours)       		    80 pts.
                               Laboratory Assignments (2 x 30)                           60 pts.
                               Brochure                                                                 20 pts.
                                                                                                               400 pts.
Extra Credit  No extra credit is given to just one individual. There are extra points on each exam, but no special extra credit questions. Occasionally, extra credit will be offered for early
submission of written work; or for research project involvement. For both early submissions and for research projects, there will be cut-off dates announced in class. The extra credit will not 
be available if the deadline is missed. 

Examinations: Short-answer type with some matching or grids to be completed are included. No True/False. Multiple guess-type questions, if used, would be minimal in number.

1) Mid-term exams to be held as indicated on Lecture Topic schedule.

2) Final exam to be held during Final Exam week. The final is comprehensive but will be concentrated on the second portion of the course.

Non-Examination Evaluation:


Laboratory Assignments:
The report will be prepared according to the guidelines included on laboratory descriptions in the lab manual. Reports will be designated to be submitted within one week of the date the laboratory experiment was performed.
All parts of all lab reports must be typed. Reports will be submitted in the student's assigned laboratory section. All reports should be submitted in class or to Brilla's mailbox prior to class; also a copy will be

submitted on Canvas to assist with reference checking and plagerism.. Any reports submitted under the office door will be deemed late.No reports will be accepted after the due date unless arrangements

are made prior to the due date with the instructor for an extension. ZERO (0) points will be assessed even when an extension is granted at the discretion of the lecturer about timliness of the submitted report.

The laboratory assignments to be submitted are indicated by an asterisk (*) on the Lecture Topic schedule.


In lieu of reports, study questions may be assigned that are due in the laboratory period. It is expected that the student's answers will be comprehensive and topics discussed are supported by citation of
appropriate literature. The same late penalties assessed on reports also applies to this assignment.


A brochure will be developed from a topic assigned by the lecturer. The intent of the brochure is to apply a physiological principle to a sport/physical event of the student's choosing.
The brochure will be developed from one sheet of folded paper. The material presented should be succinct yet informative. At least five (5) primary resources (journal articles preferred; a textbook is OK)

must support the material presented in the brochure.

The brochure is worth twenty (20) points towards the final grade. The same late penalties as discussed under "laboratory assignments" will be enforced.


Resulting Grade Ranges:
        A:  360+
        B:  320-359            These grades may be amended by a
        C:  280-319            skewed curve at the discretion of
        D:  240-279            the lecturer.
        F:  <240				
Plus (+) and minus (-)grades are awarded on A, B, and C grades. The range is small, for example: 90-90.9 is A- and 89-89.9 is B+.

                       Lecture Topics and Lab Schedule
Week                   Topic                  Suggested Readings
1                      Homeokinesis                   Ch. 2, 4, 11, 13
                       *Exp. #1* 
                       Brochure topic assigned

Metabolism Problem Set


2              Energy Systems, Aerobicand Anaerobic Considerations                       Ch. 3, 6
               *(Brochure due Wednesday, 8 April)*   
Energy, Enzymes and Catalysis Problem Set
3                                    Respiration/Ventilation  Ch. 10  
                                     * Exp. #11 (part 1)*
                                      Mid-Term Exam #1 (Wednesday, 15 April)*

4                                Cardiovascular Adjustments: Hemodynamics   Ch.   9, 14 
                                   *Exp. #11 (part 2)*       
                                   (Exp. #3 due: 21/23 April))


5 Cardiovascular Adjustments:Central Ch. 9
Exp. #6

Mid-Term Exam #2 (Wednesday, 29 April)

6 Neuromuscular Aspects:  Neural Ch.7


Mother’s Day Break


7                          Neuromuscular Aspects:  Muscular   Ch. 8, 21  
                            (Exp. #11 due: 12/14 May)   


8                         Body Composition  Ch.  18, 23
                           Exp. #8
                           Mid-Term Exam #3 (Wednesday, 20 May)


9                     Endocrinology-Messengers  Ch.5
Mid-Term Exam #4 (Wednesday, 27 May)

10                  Thermoregulation   Ch. 12

** Final Exam: Tuesday, 9th June, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. **

*Lab experiments that will be written up and submitted on dates noted.

For pedagogy students: "Thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society"

The following Essential Academic Learning Requirement is partially addressed in the content of this course:
1. The student aquires the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain
an active life: movement, physical fitness, and nutrition.
To meet the standard, the student will:
1.3 understand the concepts of physical fitness and develop and
monitor progress on personal fitness goals

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