Foundations of Exercise and Sports Science

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Exercise and Sports Science

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health and Exercise Science, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description
    Exercise and Sports Science is a multidisciplinary field encompassing physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and the psychosocial aspects of human movement. This course introduces these topics in the context of the foundation sciences to gain an understanding of the health and wellness continuum between performance athletes and chronic disease patients. Theoretical and practical learning will combine with professional awareness and career pathways in the exercise and sports science industry. Note. Only available to students enrolled in PES Programs.
    Course Introduction
    Exercise and sports science is an exciting field of scientific practice and scholarship that is concerned with the role and application of physical activity across the spectrum of human health ? from the diagnosis, prevention and management of acute and chronic diseases, to optimising athletic performance. The scope of an exercise scientist and sports scientist may be considered distinct. In general, exercise scientists are interested in optimising physical activity levels and health in the general and clinical populations. Sports scientists are primarily concerned with optimising athletic performance. However, these fundamental differences in practice emerge from a common foundation of knowledge in the key academic disciplines within exercise and sports science: biomechanics, neuroscience, physiology and psychology. Foundations of Exercise and Sports Science (1001AHS) will introduce students to the disciplines, sub-disciplines and specialty areas of exercise and sports science. The aim of this course will be to provide an overview of the components that are crucial to developing a strong understanding and appreciation of exercise and sports science, and to facilitate student engagement in this field of study early in the course of the Bachelor of Exercise Science degree program.
    Course Aims
    1. To provide an introduction to the exercise and sport sciences, and the key sub-disciplines within this field of study.
    2. To provide students with a context and framework for developing their studies in exercise science.
    3. To facilitate the acquisition of basic research and practical skills relevant to the discipline.
    4. To share in the joy of studying exercise science!
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe the scope and practice of the major sub-disciplines within the exercise and sport sciences.
    2 Explain important scientific concepts relating to the major sub-disciplines within the exercise and sport sciences.
    3 Apply critical thinking and evaluation of scientific concepts and information relating to the exercise and sport sciences.
    4 Identify the major vocations available to Exercise Science graduates, and the skills required by a health professional practicing in these vocations.
    5 Effectively acquire and communicate information, knowledge and skills relating to Exercise and Sports Science.
    6 Apply practical skills in the context of exercise and sporting performance. Skills include performing pre-participation health screening and risk stratification, assessing cardio-respiratory fitness, core strength and stability, anthropometric measurements, and basic kinematic analysis of movement.
    7 Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the range of health professions that collaboratively contribute to human health and performance.

    Assessment Task


    Test or quiz
    Laboratory Quizzes & Exercises


    Test or quiz
    On-line Tests


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.