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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|
|Subject||Sport, Physical Education and Exercise|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,213.25|
- PHSE 102
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
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- Teaching staff
Coordinator: Professor Jim Cotter
- Teaching Arrangements
Lectures (3 hours per week) and practical and tutorial sessions (2 - 3 hours per week)
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.
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- 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.