Applied Exercise Physiology & Assessment

Course Details

Course Number: 5023  Section Number: 170

Fall 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 223

Days & Times:


Class Meeting: Monday, 6pm-8:50pm

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Frank B. Wyatt   
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Course Objectives


Course Description: This course is designed with the goal of developing a more comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology and practical experience with evaluation of equipment and techniques used in the exercise science laboratory and clinic.  Emphasis is on instrumentation used in the analysis and measurement of muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous system structure and function.  In addition, the course provides sections of various biochemical and physiological systems and how they respond to exercise and chronic training.  Special reference will be made to the physiology of various types of sports as well as clinical tests and application.

Course Expectations


Class Concept/Weekly Meetings: Each class will have a physiological area of study to address.  These include the following (see below): bioenergetics, neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, adaptation response.  At the beginning of each class, several questions will be posed within a specific physiological domain.  References, brought in by the professor, will be used by the students to find the answers to the questions.  Students may work alone or in small group.  A discussion will follow to help solidify answers and understanding to the questions posed.  Every third class meeting will be a laboratory experience only.  These labs will be designed to reinforce the questions that were answered in the previous two lecture/discovery classes.  A formal lab report will be required by each student (see format below).


Class Concepts


Lecture I & 2                          Bioenergetics

Lab                                         VO2, VCO2 (RER) and lactate testing with the metabolic cart and lactate analyzer


Lecture 3 & 4                        Cardiovascular

Lab                                         Electrocardiography, Echocardiography and blood pressure




Lecture 5 & 6                        Pulmonary

Lab                                         Static lung measure (FVC) and ventilatory measures (VE, BB)


Lecture 7 & 8                        Neuromuscular

Lab                                         Strength, power, flexibility and electromyography


Lecture 9 & 10                      Adaptation response

Lab                                         Acute response to differing intensities of work

Grading Standards




Exams: 2 @ 20 points each                                   40 points

Labs: 5 @ 10 points each                                       50 points

Class work:                                                               10 points

                                                            Total Points   100


Grading Scale


90-100                        A                     Excellent

80-89                          B                     Above Average

70-79                          C                     Average

60-69                          D                     Below Average

50-59                          F                      Failure




Two exams will be given during the semester.  Each exam covers information from previous weeks.  The questions for the exams will be directly associated with the questions given during each class meeting’s lectures.  However, while the class meeting questions will be essay in nature, the exam questions will be re-written in a different format (i.e., multiple choice).

Submission Format Policy


Laboratory Format


  1. Title Page: Name of the Lab, Student Name, Class
  2. Introduction: 1 page introduction leading to the purpose of the lab
  3. Method: method of data collection, subject demographic
  4. Results: quantitative findings of the lab experience, graphs, tables
  5. Discussion: interpretation of findings
  6. References: minimum of 5 research based references

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.