Department of Exercise Sciences


Year 1 courses

The Department of Exercise Sciences offers a number of core and elective first year (100-level) courses for students beginning their qualification. A full description of the first year courses for a major in Exercise Sciences can be found below.

EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality


(15 points) Summer School; Semester Two

An introduction to the principles of physical exercise, with a focus on understanding how the body moves and responds to exercise, how performance can be measured, and how fitness can be developed and maintained to optimise health. Particular emphasis will be placed on the debunking of common myths about exercise, and offering evidence-based advice on the benefits of appropriate physical activity.

Restriction: BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 105, SPORTSCI 100G, 101, 105, MEDSCI 142
Coordinator: Summer School and Semester Two: Mr W Weerasekera

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EXERSCI 101 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Sciences


(15 points) Semester One

Introduces the essential scientific concepts and methods of the four sub disciplines of Exercise and Sport Sciences: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Movement Neuroscience and Exercise and Sport Psychology. Development of academic literacy skills is encouraged. Examples from current research, professional organisations, progression and career pathways within each sub-discipline are discussed.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 101
Coordinator: Mr W. Weerasekera

Note: This course is NOT a General Education course and involves introductory-level physics, basic mathematical calculations along with human biology. If you would like to take EXERSCI 101 in place of a General Education course, then you need to consult your own Faculty/Department and get approval.

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EXERSCI 101 course flyer
(125.1 kB, PDF)

EXERSCI 103 Human Anatomy


(15 points) Semester One

The study of the gross anatomical organisation of the neural, muscular and skeletal systems, with particular reference to the neck, limbs, back and abdominal wall. Practical work includes gross anatomy laboratories and CD-ROM study.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 103
Coordinator: Associate Professor Lynley Bradnam

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EXERSCI 103 course flyer
(86.1 kB, PDF)

EXERSCI 105 Exercise Prescription


(15 points) Summer School; Semester Two

What should my heart rate be when working out? How do you improve someone’s health with exercise? How do you measure someone’s 'fitness'? This course will teach you how to answer questions like these and how to implement an evidence-based approach to exercise prescription, including understanding of pre-exercise evaluation and screening processes, exercise assessment, and exercise prescription principles.

The course starts from the basics and upon completion, students should be able to prescribe basic exercises to apparently healthy individuals. EXERSCI 105 is a good introduction to the Exercise Sciences undergraduate programme, and is also suitable as a standalone course for anyone who has an interest in exercise and physical activity.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 105, 205
Coordinator: Tyler Elliott
Phone: 09 923 2541
Room: 907-126
Email: tyler.elliott@auckland.ac.nz
Laboratory: Four weeks of 3-hour lab sessions (Summer semester) in our Health and Rehabilitation Clinic (907-132)
Assessment: Labs 25%, assignment 10%, mid-term 15%, final exam 50%

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EXERSCI 105 course flyer
(83.5 kB, PDF)