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Prerequisites: PDBIO 305 or PDBIO 362

Course Materials

The following textbook is required for this course:

Vehrs, P. (2016). Physiology of exercise: An incremental approach. ................(ISBN 9780740933387). BYU Academic Publishing.

The textbook is available at the BYU Store. The second edition is required for this course.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe how the human body functions and maintains homeostasis during the increased metabolic demands of exercise.
  2. Describe the function of sympathetic, parasympathetic, and somatic motor neurons, including differences in structure, neurotransmitters, receptors, and efferent organs.
  3. Describe the depolarization of skeletal muscle beginning at the spinal cord and ending with the contraction of the muscle fiber.
  4. Describe the anatomical, physiological, and functional differences between the three types of human skeletal muscle fibers.
  5. Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, and describe the normal function of the cardiovascular system at rest and during exercise.
  6. Describe the transportation and diffusion of O2 and CO2 through the pulmonary and systemic circuits at rest and during exercise.
  7. Describe the substrates use, amount and rate of ATP resynthesis, metabolic end products, and control of anaerobic and aerobic metabolic pathways during exercise.
  8. Describe the interaction of the nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic systems at rest and during exercise.
  9. Describe the responses to acute bouts of exercise, the mechanisms of the observed response, and the physiological adaptations which occur as a result of physical conditioning.
  10. Describe the physiological rationale for applying the eight principles of physical conditioning to improve health, fitness, and performance.

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Course Resources

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge is a discussion board for students. Use the Student Lounge to open discussions about questions in the study guide, reading assignments, or other topics relating to assignments each week. To access the Student Lounge, go to the Student Lounge page in the Lesson folder.

Use this resource to communicate with other students about questions you have about a topic, the study guide, the class, organizing face-to-face study groups, or anything else you would normally talk about if you were in a face-to-face class. Each lesson has a Student Lounge so you can chat about the specific lesson.

Your instructor will visit this page but will have minimal oversight and will generally not respond to questions here. If you have a question for your instructor, post your question on the Notes from Instructor page or contact your instructor using the contact information on the Instructor Introduction page.

To post a question, click on the New Thread button in the upper left. To respond to another student’s question, click on the Reply button within their post (lower right corner). When you are done with your question or reply, click Post.

Questions

If during any lesson you have questions that you want to ask other students, use the Student Lounge.

If you have a personal question or a question that may not apply to the entire class, you can contact your instructor using the contact information posted on the Instructor Introduction page.

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Assignments

Quizzes

Frequent quizzes provide ongoing feedback about the basic comprehension of the topic for the week. Regular quizzes help students prepare for unit exams and become familiar with the style of questions that might appear on unit exams. All quizzes are timed, so students should not anticipate completing the quiz as an open-book quiz. Taking the quiz as a closed-book quiz will provide a better representation of your current level of understanding.

Writing Assignments

There are six writing assignments in this class. These writing assignments are intended to use research findings to questions about topics that you have personal interest in. These assignments will deepen your understanding of the topics. These assignments will also enhance your ability to find, read, and interpret peer-reviewed scientific articles to answer your own questions or improve your ability to respond to questions other people ask of you.

The overall Evidence-based Writing Project is a process that involves six (6) assignments. Each of the assignments represents a step in the process of developing research ideas, finding sources of information, writing a research question, writing your paper, obtaining peer review, and revising your paper.

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Exams

In this course, there will be two unit exams and a comprehensive final exam. The exams are arranged to divide course content into topics and to allow exams to be a reasonable length. Exams include true/false, multiple-choice, and calculation questions. Exams are not timed. Exams are proctored. There are no make-ups for exams, and no exams will be dropped.

You can only request the final exam after all other assignments in the course are completed. It is the policy of Independent Study that a passing grade on the final exam is required to pass an Independent Study course. After successful completion of the final exam, your grade in the course will automatically be posted to the gradebook. The grade that is posted will be based on the grading scale for the course. When your grade for the course is posted to the gradebook, it will be submitted to Independent Study and posted to your academic records within a few days. If you fail the final exam, the grade in the course will appear as zero (regardless of your grades in other assignments) and you will not pass the course. If you fail the final exam, you will not be able to retake the final exam and you will fail the course.

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Grading

The final grade will be calculated using your scores from the following categories:

Assessment Number of Assignments Number of Points
Computer-Graded Quizzes 14 total (5pts each; 1 can be dropped for a total of 13 quizzes) 65 points
Physical Activity Guidelines, Nervous System, and Skeletal Muscle Exam 1 75 points
Cardiovascular Exam 1 75 points
Metabolism Exam 1 75 points
Writing Assignments 6 100 points

Your final grade will be based on this scale:

Grading Scale
A 94%–100%
A− 89%–93%
B+ 86%–88%
B 83%–85%
B− 79%–82%
C+ 76%–78%
C 73%–35%
C− 69%–72%
D+ 66%–68%
D 63%–65%
D− 58%–62%
E (fail) 57% and below

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Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

Summary: 14 computer-graded lesson quizzes, 6 instructor-graded assignments; no resubmissions are allowed.

Exams

Summary: 3 proctored, computer-graded unit exams. (Retakes are not allowed.) You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

You can only request the final exam after all other assignments in the course are completed. After successful completion of the final exam, your grade in the course will automatically be posted to the gradebook. The grade that is posted will be based on the grading scale for the course. When your grade for the course is posted to the gradebook, it will be submitted to Independent Study and posted to your academic records within a few days. If you fail the final exam, the grade in the course will appear as zero (regardless of your grades in other assignments) and you will not pass the course. If you fail the final exam, you will not be able to retake the final exam and you will fail the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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