Mathematics for Exercise Science

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mathematics for Exercise Science

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health and Exercise Science, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit is intended to cater for the quantitative skills and mathematics needs of students undertaking studies in Exercise and Movement Science and in Clinical Exercise Physiology. It is intended to provide mathematical concepts and quantitative skills needed for successful study of those courses. The aim of this unit is to develop your mathematical skills in and understanding of algebra, functions and graphing, some data analysis and to interpret and solve simple, real world problems using these skills.
    Learning Outcomes
    Successful completion of this unit will enable you to:
    1. Recognise and manipulate a range of basic algebraic forms, associated functions, and to use spreadsheet software to graph them.
    2. Solve linear, quadratic, and logarithmic/exponential algebraic equations, and where appropriate, interpret their solution in scientific context.
    3. Understand and consistently work with index laws, scientific notation, SI units and their application to physical problems.
    4. Use basic laws of trigonometry and algebra to model a range of situations in exercise science, including elementary projectile motion, and resolution of forces in two dimensions.
    5. Understand the fundamentals of data analysis, to apply spreadsheet software to analyse bivariate data, and to interpret linear coefficients in context.
    The basic laws of elementary algebra will be introduced and discussed. This will include techniques of simplification and manipulation of algebraic expressions and equations and interpretation of final results, with the ultimate goal of modelling and solving real-world scientific problems. Linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithm functions and their associated properties, graphs and applications will be studied. The sine, cosine and tangent functions of plane trigonometry will be introduced and their elementary properties discussed, with applications to two dimensional resolution of forces problems and to projectile motion, as needed in the context of exercise science studies. The important topic of units of measurement and their consistency will also be addressed throughout the unit.
    Basic principles of data analysis will be covered, including linear data fitting by use of spreadsheet software. A strong emphasis will be placed on correct and critical interpretation of results (slope, intercept, correlation) in context.
    A feature of the unit is significant use of spreadsheet software throughout both for routine computation, but also to illustrate and investigate fundamental mathematical principles, and their application in the context of exercise science.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Lectures: 2 hr/wk
    Workshops (with computing): 2 hr/wk
    You are expected to attend lectures in which the unit content will be introduced and the associated skills will be demonstrated and discussed. You should also attend and participate in workshop sessions, designed to reiterate key elements of content and to provide you with directed assistance to develop your competence in the techniques required.
    Assessment name: Quiz/Test
    Description: Exposition of techniques with an emphasis on fundamental skills required for problem solving. Short answers only to be required.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3
    Weight: 15
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid Semester
    Assessment name: Problem Solving Task
    Description: Planning and execution of mathematical problem solving strategies for simple exercise science related problems. There will be an emphasis on clear and logically presented answers.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Weight: 25
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Late Semester
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: Exposition of techniques and problem solving strategies and skills across a range of mathematical and exercise science contexts, with a distribution of short and long answers required.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester

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