Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Exercise Science major

This major is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) or Bachelor of Applied Science / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Exercise and Sport Science)
A major in Exercise Science requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level major core units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000-level major core units

Units of study

The units of study are listed below
1000-level units of study
EXSS1037 Introduction to Exercise Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Helen Parker Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/wk; 1-hr tutorial/wk; 6-hrs lab/semester Corequisites: EXSS1036 Assessment: Excel worksheets (25%, 5% each worksheet), mid semester exam (45%) and case report (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This introductory unit will provide students with skills and understanding of measurement and analysis core to becoming a proficient exercise professional. Students will learn technical skills for exercise data collection, the data handling, calculations and analytical approaches to examining data, and research methods used to collect evidence. Critical thinking approaches will be used to develop skills for assessing quality of evidence in exercise science. A focus of 23 May 2019 Page 5 Introduction to Exercise Science is the development of discrete skills and understanding of their application for accuracy.
EXSS1038 Principles of Biomechanics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rene Ferdinands Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures: 2 hours per week Practicals: 8 hours per semester Tutorials: 4 hours per semester Assessment: Mid semester exam: MCQ and short answer (40%), final exam: MCQ and short answer (55%), tutorial/practical quizzes (5%) and preliminary mathematics quiz (0%). Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to develop an appreciation of how mechanical principles can be applied to understand the underlying causes of human movement. Topics include: kinematics, vectors, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, power, and momentum; for both translational and rotational motion; and the influence of fluids on motion. Emphasis is placed on developing mathematical skills and analytical problem- solving techniques. The laboratory classes complement the lectures; providing opportunities to validate mechanical principles in a quantitative manner.
Textbooks
.Hamill J and Knutzen KM (2014) Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement 4th. Ed., Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.
2000-level units of study
EXSS2018 Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Peter Sinclair Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-2-hrs tutorial or practical/week Prerequisites: EXSS1018 Assessment: movement analysis assignment (30%), mid semester exam (25%), end of semester exam (45%) Practical field work: Problem solving and data analysis from laboratory work Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The main emphasis of this unit is in developing practical expertise in techniques for the biomechanical analysis of human movement. Students will learn how to conduct kinematic and kinetic analyses, using video, force platforms and electromyography. Other components of this unit are aimed at further development of mathematical and problem-solving skills for the analysis of movement. Topics include static and dynamic equilibrium, calculation of centre of mass, determination of joint torques using inverse dynamics, electromyography, tissue mechanics and gait analysis.
Units of study offered from 2021: EXSS2XXX Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity, EXSS2XXX Exercise Delivery

3000-level units of study

EXSS3062 Motor Control and Learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hrs per week Prerequisites: Completion of 48 credit points Prohibitions: EXSS2025 Assessment: In-class quizzes (5%), group motor learning project video and presentation (15%), group motor learning project written assessment (35%) and final exam (45%) Practical field work: 13 hrs Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with a broad overview of motor control and learning with the aim of stimulating students to think about the mechanisms of normal human movement. Both a behavioural and a neurophysiological approach are taken to understand the acquisition and execution of skilled motor actions. The behavioural approach is directed at the structures and processes underlying movement without considering their physical basis, while the neurophysiological approach is directed at the neuromuscular machinery and the functional neural connections that govern movement.
Textbooks
Magill, R.A. and Anderson, D. (2014) Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications. (10th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.; and Edwards, W.H. (2011). Motor learning and Control: From theory to practice. Belmont, USA; Wadsworth, Cengage learning.
Units of study offered from 2022: EXSS3XXX Practicum in Exercise Science 1, EXSS3XXX Practicum in Exercise Science 2

4000-level units of study

Honours
Units of study offered from 2023: EXSS4XXX Research Methods, EXSS4XXX Honours Project