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SPEX102 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance

An introduction to the principles and practice of exercise science, including common and relevant myths or misconceptions.

SPEX 102 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance introduces exercise science and its disciplines (e.g., biomechanics) partly by considering common myths, misconceptions, and students' understanding of these. For example, what actually is exercise or fitness? Is exercise training necessary for fitness, and is fitness necessarily improved from training? What constitutes resistance or endurance exercise, and why do they improve fitness for health, work, or sport? Do training aids such as sports drinks really aid fitness or performance? Does practice improve skill? How much practice, and what type? How would you know such things or test them yourself? Cultural and environmental contexts are also addressed. This paper would benefit anyone interested in exercise for human health or performance.

Paper title Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance
Paper code SPEX102
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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Restriction
PHSE 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

jim.cotter@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Professor Jim Cotter

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures (3 hours per week) and practical and tutorial sessions (2 hours per week).

 

Textbooks

No textbooks required. Readings will be assigned.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this paper students will be able to:

  • Explain the scientific process, understand its importance and application in exercise science, and use this understanding to describe the characteristics of myths and scientific knowledge.
  • Search, identify, review and cite academic literature.
  • Undertake meaningful measurement of human movement.
  • Describe the major disciplines of exercise sciences and the interdisciplinary approach to create scientific knowledge.
  • Describe cultural considerations in relation to exercise and sport practice and research.
  • Describe the options of professional paths in exercise science practice and research and professional qualifications.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
Monday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
A2 Monday 13:00-14:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Monday 13:00-15:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A3 Tuesday 08:00-10:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
A4 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Tuesday 11:00-13:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A5 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A6 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
A7 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A8 Thursday 08:00-10:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
A9 Thursday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Thursday 11:00-13:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A10 Thursday 14:00-15:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Thursday 14:00-16:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40
A11 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-30, 32, 39, 41
Friday 10:00-12:50 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40

An introduction to the principles and practice of exercise science, including common and relevant myths or misconceptions.

SPEX 102 Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance introduces exercise science and its disciplines (e.g., biomechanics) partly by considering common myths, misconceptions, and students' understanding of these. For example, what actually is exercise or fitness? Is exercise training necessary for fitness, and is fitness necessarily improved from training? What constitutes resistance or endurance exercise, and why do they improve fitness for health, work, or sport? Do training aids such as sports drinks really aid fitness or performance? Does practice improve skill? How much practice, and what type? How would you know such things or test them yourself? Cultural and environmental contexts are also addressed. This paper would benefit anyone interested in exercise for human health or performance.

Paper title Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance
Paper code SPEX102
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHSE 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact

jim.cotter@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Professor Jim Cotter

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures (3 hours per week) and practical and tutorial sessions (2 - 3 hours per week)

 

Textbooks

No textbooks required. Readings will be assigned.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this paper students will be able to:

  • Explain the scientific process, understand its importance and application in exercise science, and use this understanding to describe the characteristics of myths and scientific knowledge.
  • Search, identify, review and cite academic literature.
  • Undertake meaningful measurement of human movement.
  • Describe the major disciplines of exercise sciences and the interdisciplinary approach to create scientific knowledge.
  • Describe cultural considerations in relation to exercise and sport practice and research.
  • Describe the options of professional paths in exercise science practice and research and professional qualifications.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-12:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
Monday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
A2 Monday 14:00-15:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
Monday 14:00-16:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
A3 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
Tuesday 13:00-15:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
A4 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
A5 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
A6 Thursday 10:00-12:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
Thursday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
A7 Friday 10:00-12:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40
Friday 11:00-12:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
A8 Friday 13:00-14:50 29-30, 32-33, 36, 39, 41
Friday 13:00-15:50 31, 34, 37-38, 40