Department of Exercise Sciences

Our courses

At the Department of Exercise Sciences we offer a number of courses which can be completed either as a part of your Bachelor of Science or as an elective for your prospective degree.

For a full list of undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Exercise Sciences please see the list below.

Year I

EXERSCI 100G C Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality (15 Points)

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

Course coordinator: Summer School & Semester 2 - Mr W. Weerasekera

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EXERSCI 101 S1 C Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport (15 points)

Essential scientific concepts and methods of the four sub-disciplines of Exercise Sciences: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Movement Neuroscience and Exercise and Sport Psychology are introduced. Development of academic literacy and numerical problem-solving skills are encouraged. Examples from current research, professional organisations, progression and career pathways within each sub-discipline are discussed.
Restriction: SPORTSCI 101

Course coordinator: Mr W. Weerasekera

EXERSCI 101 course flyer (PDF)

Note: This course is NOT a General Education course and involves introductory-level physics and basic mathematical calculations. 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.

EXERSCI 103 S1 C Human Anatomy (15 points)

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

Course coordinator: Associate Professor C. Stinear

EXERSCI 103 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 105 S2 C Exercise Prescription (15 points)

An introduction to the risks and benefits of exercise, exercise policy and safety, physical fitness testing, guidelines for exercise test administration, principles of exercise prescription, cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular training.
Restriction: SPORTSCI 105, 205

Course coordinator: TBA

EXERSCI 105 course flyer (PDF)

Year II

EXERSCI 201 S1 C Exercise Physiology 1 (15 points)

Physiological and biochemical requirements and provision of energy for exercise, recovery and adaptation. Generation and control of muscular force and power, and how the neuromuscular system adapts to its habitual use.  Scientific measurement of muscular force, work and power and oxidative metabolism at rest and during exercise. Justification, administration and reporting of experimental procedures.

Prerequisites: 30 points from BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 103, MEDSCI 142, SPORTSCI 101, 103
Restriction: SPORTSCI 201

Course coordinator:  Associate Professor H. Smith

EXERSCI 201 course flyer

EXERSCI 202 S2 C Principles of Tissue Adaptation (15 points)

Principles of adaptation in nerve, muscle, bone and other tissue that occur with increased use, disuse, or misuse including sports and exercise injuries. Coverage includes examples relevant to the maintenance of healthy tissues and the recovery and rehabilitation of tissue following injury or disease.
Prerequisites: EXERSCI 103 or SPORTSCI 103
Restriction: SPORTSCI 202

Course coordinator: Dr A. McMorland

EXERSCI 202 course flyer

EXERSCI 203 S1 C Biomechanics 1 (15 points)

Mechanical analysis of human movement, using qualitative, quantitative and predictive techniques. The focus is on sports techniques, musculoskeletal stress and locomotion.
Prerequisites: EXERSCI 101 or SPORTSCI 101
Restriction: SPORTSCI 203

Course coordinator: Dr A. McMorland

EXERSCI 203 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 204 S2 C Psychology of Physical Activity (15 points)

An introduction to the study of psychology as it relates to sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: 15 points from PSYCH 108, 109
Restriction: SPORTSCI 204

Course coordinator: Dr A Nieuwenhuys

EXERSCI 204 course flyer (PDF)

EXERSCI 206 S2 C Exercise Nutrition (15 points)

A cross-disciplinary focus on nutrition, examining nutritional enhancement of sports performance, diet and physiological function, eating disorders, energy balance, body composition and the role of diet in growth and exercise.

Prerequisite: 15 points from BIOSCI 107 or MEDSCI 142
Restriction: SPORTSCI 206

Course coordinator: Dr N. Gant

EXERSCI 206 course flyer (PDF)

Year III

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 G. Carrick-Ranson

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: Dr 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 in Psychology with at least a B-average grade.
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 S1 or S2 T 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)