1 x 60-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 120-minute practical weekly
1 x 20-minute on-line exercises weekly
2 x 20-minute on-line lectures weekly
1 Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1a Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1b Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Examination (40%); Practical work; Seminar; Tests.
Topic description

Students entering the field of exercise science require the basic knowledge and skills, and a rationale for the provision of exercise to enhance physiological function in healthy populations. This requires an understanding of the core professional and scientific sub disciplines. This topic will present students with the historical and professional background of each sub discipline while enabling students to develop core skills in exercise science. Students will also be provided with knowledge of biomechanical principles, skill acquisition and will be required to understand and apply principles of assessment of exercise prescription within a variety of professional contexts. Upon successful completion of this topic, students will also possess a basic understanding of development and provision of safe and effective exercise interventions across a broad range of health and exercise settings.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a fundamental basis to the overall field and profession of exercise science. Students will develop an understanding and practise in a number of sub disciplines (biomechanics, exercise physiology, skill acquisition, and exercise prescription) that underpin the study of exercise science. The topic will describe at an introductory level the important scientific aspects of professional practice in exercise science thereby setting a contextual framework for study of other topics within Bachelor of Exercise Science.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Examine the historical and scientific origins of the field of exercise science and how these link to contemporary professional practice
  2. Describe the function, regulation and interaction of physiological systems relating to exercise
  3. Describe the individual and integrated physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise
  4. Understand and employ a range of tools and methods to monitor and evaluate exercise load and progression, including mechanical, physiological and perceptual methods that are appropriate for human movement
  5. Describe and compare the principles and characteristics of exercise prescription in different scenarios for healthy populations, chronic disease prevention and performance enhancement
  6. Apply fundamental biomechanical principles and how they relate to various forms of human movement
  7. Relate the principles of biomechanical analysis to human movement in the context of exercise, health, sport and activities of daily living in a variety of populations
  8. Communicate scientific data and movement techniques using appropriate illustrations and user-friendly terms
  9. Examine concepts of skill acquisition of exercise and movement tasks