Department of Exercise Sciences

Year 3 courses

The Department of Exercise Sciences offers a number of core and elective third year (300-level) courses for students at stage three of their qualification. A full description of the third year courses for a major in Exercise Sciences can be found below.

EXERSCI 301 S1 H Exercise Physiology 2 (15 points)

Biological regulation of the adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity. Homeostasis regulation and the adaptation of the cardiopulmonary, endocrine and immune systems to exercise and training. Evaluation of neuromuscular power and aerobic power and endurance in healthy individuals. Reporting of experimental methods and findings in human exercise physiology.

Prerequisites: EXERSCI 201 or SPORTSCI 201
Restriction: SPORTSCI 301

Course coordinator: Dr Silmara Gusso

EXERSCI 301 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 302 S2 C Exercise Physiology for Special Populations (15 points)

Examination of the role of exercise for special populations. Physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training, and exercise and training recommendations for selected medical and athletic populations. Evaluation of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and neuromuscular function.

Prerequisites: EXERSCI 301 or SPORTSCI 301
Restriction: SPORTSCI 302

Course coordinator: Associate Professor N. Gant

EXERSCI 302 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 303 S2 C Biomechanics 2 (15 points)

Advanced quantitative techniques in Biomechanics used to study human movement including mathematical modeling and signal processing. An application area such as occupational ergonomics or clinical gait analysis will be used to demonstrate the biomechanical techniques.

Prerequisites: EXERSCI 203 or SPORTSCI 203
Restriction: SPORTSCI 303

Course coordinator: Dr Y.Zhang

EXERSCI 303 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 304 S2 C Sport Psychology (15 points)

Examination of psychological factors affecting behaviour and performance in exercise and sport. The individual performer is the major consideration, but group influences on individual performance are also considered.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 204 or SPORTSCI 204, or 45 points at Stage II, III in Psychology with a B-average or higher.
Restriction: SPORTSCI 304

Course coordinator: Dr A Nieuwenhuys

EXERSCI 304 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 305 S1 H Movement Neuroscience (15 points)

Examines brain and spinal cord organisation and function related to movement, and the neurological mechanisms involved in the planning, execution and control of movement in health and disease. Introduces the concept of neural plasticity as it relates to motor skill learning and recovery after injury in both healthy and neurologically impaired populations.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 101 or SPORTSCI 101 and 15 points from MEDSCI 206, PSYCH 202, SPORTSCI 201
                  An understanding of human anatomy at the level covered in EXERSCI 103 will also be assumed.
Restriction: SPORTSCI 305

Course coordinator: Professor W. Byblow

EXERSCI 305 course flyer (PDF)


EXERSCI 309 SS, S1 or S2  Practicum in the Exercise Sciences (15 points)

A supervised practical project in Exercise Science in a clinical or other research laboratory setting  to explore and assess how science underpins practical skills in any arena of the Exercise Sciences.  

Prerequisites:  45 points from EXERSCI 201,202, 203, 204 and Head of Department approval
Restriction: SPORTSCI 309

Course coordinator: Dr Y.Zhang

EXERSCI 309 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 309 intention sheet  (Word)

EXERSCI 399 S1 or S2  Capstone: Applying Exercise Sciences (15 points)

A supervised project course that will focus on applying theoretical knowledge to practical skills. Opportunities will include laboratory and clinic-based research projects, science communication or public engagement projects. Students will work in groups, but will also engage in individual activities to demonstrate their own understanding of topics.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Exercise Sciences 

EXERSCI 399 course flyer