Course Overview

This course will focus on the study of acute physiological adjustments and chronic adaptation to exercise. Exercise will be examined as it relates to human performance and health benefits. Students will apply the theoretical concepts of exercise physiology to evaluate the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, health promotion, and sports performance enhancement.

Type Lecture


Amy Kearns, PhD & Carrie McLean, PhD


3 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous


HA&P1-456 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor.


$1,620.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length. 

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule. 

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week. 

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Practice problems
  • Weekly modules

Other Assignments

  • Written papers
  • Case studies
  • Practical assignments

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-15
  • Exercise Nutrition
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Endocrine Response to Exercise
  • Energy Expenditure: Measurement During Exercise
  • Cardiovascular Dynamics During Exercise
  • Pulmonary Function During Exercise; Gas Exchange
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise and Thermal Stress
  • Structure and Function of Skeletal Muscle
  • Neuromotor System; Neural Control of Movement
  • Training for Anaerobic and Aerobic Power
  • Body Composition Assessment: Obesity and Physical Activity

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Not needed

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Amy Kearns in pink shirt

Lecturer, Exercise Physiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

Carrie Mclean in pink shirt

Lecturer, Exercise Physiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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