Courses - Faculty of Science


Exercise Sciences

Stage I

EXERSCI 100G
15 Points

Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality

An introduction to the principles of physical exercise, with a focus on understanding how the body moves and responds to exercise, how performance can be measured, and how fitness can be developed and maintained to optimise health. Particular emphasis will be placed on the debunking of common myths about exercise, and offering evidence-based advice on the benefits of appropriate physical activity.

Restriction: BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 105, SPORTSCI 100G, 101, 105, MEDSCI 142

EXERSCI 101
15 Points

Foundations of Exercise Sciences and Sport

Introduces the essential scientific concepts and methods of the four sub disciplines of Exercise Sciences: Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Movement Neuroscience and Exercise and Sport Psychology. Development of academic literacy and numerical problem-solving skills are encouraged. Examples from current research, professional organisations, progression and career pathways within each sub-discipline are discussed.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 101

EXERSCI 103
15 Points

Human Anatomy

The study of the gross anatomical organisation of the neural, muscular and skeletal systems, with particular reference to the neck, limbs, back and abdominal wall. Practical work includes gross anatomy laboratories and CD-ROM study.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 103

EXERSCI 105
15 Points

Exercise Prescription

An introduction to the risks and benefits of exercise, exercise policy and safety, physical fitness testing, guidelines for exercise test administration, principles of exercise prescription, cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular training.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 105, 205

Stage II

EXERSCI 201
15 Points

Exercise Physiology 1

Physiological and biochemical requirements and provision of energy for exercise, recovery and adaptation. Generation and control of muscular force and power, and how the neuromuscular system adapts to its habitual use. Scientific measurement of muscular force, work and power and oxidative metabolism at rest and during exercise. Justification, administration and reporting of experimental procedures.

Prerequisite: 30 points from BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 103, MEDSCI 142, SPORTSCI 101, 103

Restriction: SPORTSCI 201

EXERSCI 202
15 Points

Principles of Tissue Adaptation

Principles of adaptation in nerve, muscle, bone and other tissue that occur with increased use, disuse, or misuse including sports and exercise injuries. Coverage includes examples relevant to the maintenance of healthy tissues and the recovery and rehabilitation of tissue following injury or disease.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 103 or SPORTSCI 103

Restriction: SPORTSCI 202

EXERSCI 203
15 Points

Biomechanics 1

Mechanical analysis of human movement, using qualitative, quantitative and predictive techniques. The focus is on sports techniques, musculoskeletal stress and locomotion.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 101 or SPORTSCI 101

Restriction: SPORTSCI 203

EXERSCI 204
15 Points

Psychology of Physical Activity

An introduction to the study of psychology as it relates to physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health.

Prerequisite: 15 points from PSYCH 108, 109

Restriction: SPORTSCI 204

EXERSCI 206
15 Points

Exercise Nutrition

A cross-disciplinary focus on nutrition, examining nutritional enhancement of sports performance, diet and physiological function, eating disorders, energy balance, body composition and the role of diet in growth and exercise.

Prerequisite: BIOSCI 107 or MEDSCI 142

Restriction: SPORTSCI 206

Stage III

EXERSCI 301
15 Points

Exercise Physiology 2

Biological regulation of the adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity. Homeostasis regulation and the adaptation of the cardiopulmonary, endocrine and immune systems to exercise and training. Evaluation of neuromuscular power and aerobic power and endurance in healthy individuals. Reporting of experimental methods and findings in human exercise physiology.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 201 or SPORTSCI 201

Restriction: SPORTSCI 301

EXERSCI 302
15 Points

Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

Examination of the role of exercise for special populations. Physiological responses and adaptations to exercise and training, and exercise and training recommendations for selected medical and athletic populations. Evaluation of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and neuromuscular function.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 301 or SPORTSCI 301

Restriction: SPORTSCI 302

EXERSCI 303
15 Points

Biomechanics 2

Advanced quantitative techniques in biomechanics used to study human movement including mathematical modelling and signal processing. An application area such as occupational ergonomics or clinical gait analysis will be used to demonstrate the biomechanical techniques.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 203 or SPORTSCI 203

Restriction: SPORTSCI 303

EXERSCI 304
15 Points

Sport Psychology

Examination of psychological factors affecting behaviour and performance in exercise and sport. The individual performer is the major consideration, but group influences on individual performance are also considered.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 204 or SPORTSCI 204, or 45 points at Stage II in Psychology with at least a B– average grade

Restriction: SPORTSCI 304

EXERSCI 305
15 Points

Movement Neuroscience

Examines brain and spinal cord organisation and function related to movement, and the neurological mechanisms involved in the planning, execution and control of movement in health and disease. Introduces the concept of neural plasticity as it relates to motor skill learning and recovery after injury in both healthy and neurologically impaired populations. An understanding of human anatomy at the level covered in EXERSCI 103 will also be assumed.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 101 or SPORTSCI 101 and 15 points from EXERSCI 201, MEDSCI 206, PSYCH 202, SPORTSCI 201

Restriction: SPORTSCI 305

EXERSCI 309
15 Points

EXERSCI 309A
7.5 Points

EXERSCI 309B
7.5 Points

Practicum in the Exercise Sciences

A supervised practical project in Exercise Science in a clinical or other research laboratory setting to explore and assess how science underpins practical skills in any arena of the Exercise Sciences.

Prerequisite: 45 points from EXERSCI 201, 202, 203, 204 and Head of Department approval

Restriction: SPORTSCI 309

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 309 A and B, or EXERSCI 309

Diploma Courses

EXERSCI 690A
15 Points

EXERSCI 690B
15 Points

GradDipSci Dissertation in Exercise Sciences

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 690 A and B

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

EXERSCI 702
15 Points

Projects in the Exercise Sciences

Provides students with an opportunity to collect data in an area of interest, with the aim of validating an area of study towards their theses.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 702

EXERSCI 703
15 Points

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The role of the exercise scientist in cardiac rehabilitation. Topics include electrocardiography, exercise testing and exercise prescription. The course combines theory and laboratory/clinical study of these topics.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 703

EXERSCI 704
15 Points

Advanced Techniques in Biomechanics

A laboratory-based course which explores the theoretical foundations of advanced data collection and analysis of biomechanical data and offers students opportunities to experience practical, hands-on laboratory experiences that will demonstrate these theoretical foundations.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 704

EXERSCI 705
15 Points

Research in the Exercise Sciences

Examines the nature and value of research contributions in the Exercise Sciences and their application to further research and evidence-based practice. Evaluates the process of research, inclusive of the development of research questions and hypotheses, the planning and collection of data in an ethical and unbiased manner, the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data and the dissemination of results.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 705

EXERSCI 706
15 Points

Seminar in Advanced Exercise Physiology

A seminar-based course examining the physiological responses and adaptations to physical exercise or inactivity. Students evaluate, present, and discuss seminal and contemporary research publications on selected topics largely focusing on the cardiovascular, metabolic, and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis will be placed upon investigations of the explanatory elements of adaptation, from the level of the genome to the living human, and the use of relevant contemporary experimental techniques.

Restriction: PHYSIOL 706, SPORTSCI 706

EXERSCI 708
15 Points

Advanced Seminar in Movement Neuroscience

Seminar based course which examines brain organisation and function related to movement in health and disease. Emphasis is placed on contemporary techniques and paradigms in the field of movement neuroscience, with special emphasis on clinical populations that exhibit impaired movement. Neural plasticity is a central theme.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 708

EXERSCI 710
15 Points

Exercise Rehabilitation

The role of exercise in a multi-component approach to rehabilitation. Risks and benefits of exercise, particularly with respect to sedentary individuals and/or those with medical considerations. Exercise test administration. Exercise prescription and monitoring, physical and functional assessment of performance.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 710

EXERSCI 712
15 Points

Advanced Exercise Prescription

The physiology and interpretation of cardiovascular and respiratory functional assessments to enable the advanced prescription of accurate and progressive exercise programmes for people with co-existing health conditions. This course provides an understanding of how respiratory and cardiac physiology interact through the lifespan, and the implications this has on prescribing exercise for a wide range of clinical presentations.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 712

EXERSCI 713
15 Points

Psychology of Active Living

Using behavioural perspectives, complex relationships between physical activity, sedentarism, health promotion, and their effects on health are analysed. Clinical/methodological measurements of sedentary and physical activity behaviours are discussed.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 713

EXERSCI 714
15 Points

Special Topics in the Exercise Sciences

Prerequisite: Head of Department approval

Restriction: SPORTSCI 714

EXERSCI 715
15 Points

Research Planning and Reporting

The theoretical, methodological, and practical skills for designing and reporting clinical research studies. Assignments will assess the student's ability to critically evaluate relevant literature, prepare an ethics application, and write clearly and effectively. A final report will be submitted, formatted as if it is a manuscript being offered for publication.

EXERSCI 771
15 Points

Clinical Exercise Practicum I

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 100 hours, including laboratory work. The principles and application of electrocardiography, and the assessment of people with cardiovascular disease. An introduction to the integration of the principles of exercise physiology, testing, and prescription into a practical programme for delivery to premorbid and low-risk clinical populations.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 771, 781

EXERSCI 772
15 Points

Clinical Exercise Practicum II

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 100 hours. The principles of exercise physiology, testing, and prescription will be integrated into a practical programme for delivery to premorbid and low-risk clinical populations. Emphasis is placed on the application and interpretation of exercise tests; monitoring exercise and identifying contraindications; emergency procedures; scope of practice; and reporting.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 771

Restriction: SPORTSCI 772, 781

EXERSCI 773
30 Points

Clinical Exercise Practicum III

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 200 hours. The delivery of exercise rehabilitation services to clinical populations especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood, and metabolic disorders, and post-surgical cases.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 771, 772

Corequisite: EXERSCI 775

Restriction: SPORTSCI 773, 782

EXERSCI 774
30 Points

Clinical Exercise Practicum IV

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 200 hours. The delivery of exercise rehabilitation services to clinical populations especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood, and metabolic disorders, and post-surgical cases.

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 773

Restriction: SPORTSCI 774, 782

EXERSCI 775
15 Points

Seminar in Clinical Exercise Physiology

A body of advanced theoretical and administrative work related to exercise prescription and service delivery. The principles of exercise physiology related to clinical populations, especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood, and metabolic disorders, post-surgical cases, the elderly, and for individuals at risk of developing diseases as a consequence of inactivity. Professional and inter-professional relations will be addressed.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 775, 783

EXERSCI 780A
22.5 Points

EXERSCI 780B
22.5 Points

BSc(Hons) Dissertation in Exercise Sciences

Restriction: SPORTSCI 788, 789

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 780 A and B

EXERSCI 781A
15 Points

EXERSCI 781B
15 Points

PGDipSci Dissertation in Exercise Sciences

Restriction: SPORTSCI 691

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 781 A and B

EXERSCI 792A
22.5 Points

EXERSCI 792B
22.5 Points

MSc Dissertation in Clinical Exercise Physiology

A scholarly discussion of a topic related to clinical exercise physiology.

Restriction: SPORTSCI 786, 787

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 792 A and B

EXERSCI 796A
60 Points

EXERSCI 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Exercise Sciences

Restriction: SPORTSCI 796

To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 796 A and B

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