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Study Physical Education, Activity and Health at Otago

Social and physical bases of mauri ora or flourishing wellness.

Physical education with physical activity and health have been combined to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the theory and practices of health, wellness and well-being for individuals, communities and populations, whatever their health status.

Physical education, activity and health captures the reasons why we should all be physically active, the physiology behind how physical activity works to influence health, and how to prescribe exercise.

It includes how we can encourage people to be more active, as well as coaching, teaching and instructing about the relevance of physical activity. We focus on the importance of communities, including Māori communities, as well as understanding how the environment relates to being active.

Physical education, activity and health will also appeal to those interested in teaching or coaching sport and exercise. It is designed to equip students with a strong background in the biophysical and socio-cultural sub-disciplines of human movement.

In addition, there is a strong emphasis on applied practice and theory.

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Why study Physical Education, Activity and Health?

Physical education and physical activity influences all areas of a person’s health and wellbeing. Physical education, or how we learn, teach, coach and instruct, is critical for positive health and wellbeing.

You can learn how to prescribe exercise for healthy individuals and for sedentary populations. You will appreciate and learn how to utilise the strength of wider communities to promote physical activity. You will have the opportunity to engage in practical learning inside and outside of the classroom and exercise laboratories including our specially designed practicum paper.

The course offers a strong Māori physical education and health focus.

Background required

There are no specific Year 12 or 13 level subjects required for admission. However, biology is helpful and physical education is recommended.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include physical education teaching, working with Māori communities, physical activity and health promoters, green prescription, health and fitness professionals, sport coaching, prescribing exercise in healthy and sedentary populations, wellness facilitators, and leadership roles.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

*It is a requirement that every Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) normally includes an approved minor subject or an approved second major subject. Usually such a minor or second major subject must be selected from the approved combinations of major subjects with minor or second major subjects. Some exceptions may apply. For details see:

Full list of available approved minor and second major subject areas

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Physical Education, Activity and Health

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPEX 101  Sport, Science and Society

SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

ANAT 101  Anatomy for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)

PHSL 101  Physiology for Sport and Exercise  (or HUBS 191 and HUBS 192)

18

18

18

18

200-level

Three of:
SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology
SPEX 205  Physical Activity and Health
SPEX 206  Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health
SPEX 207  Understanding Sports Coaching

54

300-level

Four of:
SPEX 306  Te Pou o te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health
SPEX 307  Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring
SPEX 308  Psychology of Physical Activity
SPEX 309  Active Living and Environment
SPEX 310  Exercise for Clinical Populations
SPEX 316  Practicum

72

Plus

162 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved paper

162

Total   360

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
SPEX101 2023 Sport, Science and Society 18 points Semester 1
SPEX102 2023 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance 18 points Semester 2
SPEX201 2023 Biomechanics 18 points Semester 1
SPEX202 2023 Motor Behaviour 18 points Semester 2
SPEX203 2023 Exercise Physiology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX204 2023 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 18 points Semester 2
SPEX205 2023 Physical Activity and Health 18 points Semester 1
SPEX206 2023 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health 18 points Semester 2
SPEX207 2023 Understanding Sports Coaching 18 points Not offered in 2023
SPEX208 2023 Sociology of Sport and Exercise 18 points Semester 2
SPEX209 2023 Sport Development and Management 18 points Semester 1
SPEX301 2023 Performance Analysis 18 points Semester 2
SPEX303 2023 Exercise Energetics and Physiology 18 points Semester 2
SPEX304 2023 Sport Psychology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX305 2023 Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation 18 points Semester 1
SPEX306 2023 Te Pou o Te Koronga Advanced Māori Physical Education and Health 18 points Semester 2
SPEX307 2023 Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring 18 points Semester 2
SPEX308 2023 Psychology of Physical Activity 18 points Semester 1
SPEX309 2023 Active Living and Environment 18 points Semester 1
SPEX310 2023 Exercise for Clinical Populations 18 points Semester 2
SPEX311 2023 Sports Technology 18 points Semester 1
SPEX312 2023 Advanced Sociology of Sport 18 points Semester 1
SPEX313 2023 Sport and Health Policy 18 points Semester 2
SPEX314 2023 Advanced Sport Management 18 points Semester 2
SPEX315 2023 Sport Media 18 points Not offered in 2023
SPEX316 2023 Practicum 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
SPEX317 2023 Neural Control of Movement 18 points Semester 1
SPEX380 2023 Special Topic: Exercise and Cancer Rehabilitation 18 points Not offered in 2023
SPEX401 2023 Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health 20 points Semester 1
SPEX440 2023 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 points Semester 1
SPEX441 2023 Advanced Topics in Physical Education, Activity and Health 20 points Semester 2
SPEX450 2023 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 points Semester 1
SPEX451 2023 Advanced Topics in Exercise and Sport Science 20 points Semester 2
SPEX460 2023 Advanced Topics in Sport Development 20 points Semester 1
SPEX461 2023 Advanced Topics in Sport Management and Policy 20 points Semester 2
SPEX480 2023 Research Project 40 points Full Year
SPEX481 2023 Independent Study 20 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SPEX490 2023 Dissertation 60 points Full Year
SPEX495 2023 Master's Thesis Preparation 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SPEX516 2023 Practicum 30 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SPEX517 2023 Practicum Report 30 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Physical Education Sport & Exercise Sciences

Tel +64 3 479 8991
Email physical-education@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/sopeses