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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 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHSE 102
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science

    Paper co-ordinator: Professor Chris Button

    Teaching staff

    Professors Chris Button, Jim Cotter, and supporting staff.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Lectures (3 hours per week) and practical and tutorial sessions (1 - 2 hours per week).


    No textbooks required. Readings will be assigned.

    Course outline

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    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:

    • Describe cultural considerations in relation to exercise for health (hauora) and performance
    • Explain the scientific process, understand its importance and application in exercise science, and use this understanding to describe the characteristics of myths and knowledge
    • Describe the major disciplines of exercise sciences and the interdisciplinary approach to create scientific knowledge
    • Discuss the important role of physical activity on health and human performance
    • Search, identify, review, and interpret information about exercise science from different sources
    • Undertake meaningful measurement of human movement



    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-40
    A2 Monday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-40
    A3 Monday 14:00-15:50 29-35, 37-40
    A4 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-40
    A5 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-40
    A6 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-40
    A7 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-40
    A8 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-40
    A9 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-40
    A10 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-35, 37-40
    A11 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-35, 37-40
    A12 Thursday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-40
    A13 Thursday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-40
    A14 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-40
    A15 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-40
    A16 Friday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-40
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