Exercise Science (T/A)

The Exercise Science Course provides essential knowledge and skills that assist students in gaining access to vocational opportunities and further study.  Emphasis is placed on a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of Exercise Science.  It provides an opportunity for the study of human physiology and performance in the development of enhanced sporting achievements.

The Exercise Science Course is intended for the following groups of students:

  • Those who wish to proceed to post-secondary studies in the fields of paramedical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports training/conditioning, sports studies, teaching, community fitness and recreation, personal training and other areas of applied anatomy and physiology
  • Those who may not have vocational aspirations in this field but who have a serious interest in the theory and practice of Exercise Science

Exercise Science is a very challenging course with a strong theoretical component. Students over the two years will study the following units: Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body, Factors Affecting Performance, Preparation for Training and Performance and, The Body in Motion.


Course Units

In the unit, Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body students will examine and explore the structure and function of musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems and analyse how the systems adapt and adjust to the demands of physical activity. Students will investigate these systems from a cellular to systemic level allowing them to develop and understanding of how each system acts as an enabler or barrier to physical performance.


In the unit, Factors Affecting Performance students will examine the physiological, psychological and behavioural theories that influence athletic performance. Students will be introduced to factors affecting performance and develop basic insights into the science underpinning the management of sports injuries and athletic mindset. Students will examine and explore how the extent and intensity of sports participation relates to the incidence of sports injuries and explore a range of technical and scientific approaches for maintaining the physical and mental well-being of athletes.


In the unit, Preparation for Training and Performance students investigate the factors that influence sports performance. Students will critically analyse the effectiveness of training and nutritional guidelines and how they contribute to the improvement of athletic performance. Students will explore a variety of training and nutritional principles to develop an understanding of the varying needs of community target groups and elite athletes.


In the unit, The Body in Motion students will explore the biomechanical and physiological principles involved in analysing and interpreting the body in motion and energy production. Students will apply a variety of methods used to analyse movement patterns and examine the physiological adaptations to exercise. Students will investigate the biomechanical and physiological factors that influence athletic performance.

Assessment Requirements

  • 90-minute exams – 1-2 per semester
  • Lab Reports
  • In class case analysis
  • Video Presentation

Contact the Physical Education Coordinator

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