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Study Exercise and Sport Science at Otago

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Overview

The list of benefits of exercise and sport participation on health, wellbeing and quality of life is continually growing. Exercise and Sport Science is an internationally recognised scientific discipline consisting of four core sub-disciplines: Biomechanics, Motor Control/Learning Development, Physiology, and Psychology.

Our curriculum is aligned with accrediting bodies in Exercise and Sport Science providing attractive career opportunities. We offer a practicum providing the opportunity to gain clinical, lab or field experience.

Exercise and sport also provide essential vehicles for societal life-long learning and wellbeing. The academic study of exercise and sport science has been, is, and will remain an important pursuit for the foreseeable future.

Applying

To apply for this major subject:

  1. Select the qualification you wish to take from the list below (for undergraduate study this would be a BSc or BASc). This will take you to the relevant qualification page.
  2. Click the Apply now button on the right of the qualification page. This will take you to the eVision login page where you can create your account and apply for the programme and select your major subject/s.

Contact details

School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Tel +64 3 479 8991
Email physical-education@otago.ac.nz
Website School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Qualifications

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) majoring in Exercise and Sport Science

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this major subject.

Year Papers Points
1st year

PHSE 101  Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 102  Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement

PHSE 103  Movement Education: Dance and Gymnastics

PHSE 191 Human Body Systems 1 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1

PHSE 192 Human Body Systems 2 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

18 points from any degree

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

2nd year

PHSE 202  Movement Analysis and Control

PHSE 203  Exercise Physiology

PHSE 204  History of Sport

PHSE 205  Psychology of Sport

PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

PHSE 104  Applied Physical Experiences

ANAT 250  Functional Anatomy

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd and 4th years

Five of PHSE 301, PHSE 302, PHSE 303, PHSE 304, PHSE 305, PHSE 306, PHSE 310, PHSE 314, PHSE 315, PHSE 329, PHSE 334, PHSE 335PHSE 401, PHSE 402 including at least one of PHSE 401, 402

36 further PHSE points at 200-level or above

126 points from any degree, including 54 points at 200-level or above (HUNT 232  Sport and Exercise Nutrition, recommended)

90

 

36


126

Total   504

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Exercise and Sport Science

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

SPEX 201  Biomechanics

SPEX 202  Motor Behaviour

SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology

SPEX 204  Psychology of Sport and Exercise

18

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
SPEX 301  Performance Analysis
SPEX 302  Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan
SPEX 303  Exercise Energetics and Physiology
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 305  Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation
SPEX 316  Practicum

72

Plus

144 further points (SPEX 206 Te Pū o te Ora Māori Physical Education and Health recommended); must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

144

Total   360

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Minor Subject Requirements

Exercise and Sport Science as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level SPEX 102  Principles of Exercise for Health and Performance 18
200-level

Three of:
SPEX 201  Biomechanics
SPEX 202  Motor Behaviour
SPEX 203  Exercise Physiology
SPEX 204  Psychology of Sports and Exercise

54
300-level

One of:
SPEX 301  Performance Analysis
SPEX 302  Skill Acquisition across the Lifespan
SPEX 303  Exercise Energetics and Physiology
SPEX 304  Sport Psychology
SPEX 305  Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation

18
 

Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers when selecting papers.

 
Total   90

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