EDF4171 - Advanced sport and exercise science - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Justen O'Connor

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit expands upon foundational physiological, kinesiological and psychological understandings of human movement science within health and physical education. Human movement science represents a unique discipline that explores human performance in relation to a range of movement challenges. Students develop advanced skills, knowledge and capabilities relevant to sport and exercise science that will enable them to become actors in the critique, interpretation, planning and design of existing sporting, performance, rehabilitation and health related concerns. The unit provides opportunities to examine how particular practices based upon foundational biophysical knowledge have historically emerged, been continually challenged and reinterpreted. Students gain practical experience in both laboratory and field-based settings related to the monitoring and execution of sporting, performance, rehabilitation and health-related practices.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. articulate how historical interpretations and applications of sport and exercise science knowledge have been critiqued, challenged and reinterpreted
  2. understand and interpret fundamental research approaches that underpin the discipline of sport and exercise science
  3. work independently and collaboratively to demonstrate competencies in addressing complex problems through interpretation, planning and design of performance based outcomes
  4. use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies to articulate understandings of sport and exercise science
  5. demonstrate familiarity with laboratory and field-based practices associated with the monitoring and execution of sporting, performance, rehabilitation and health-related practices.


Critique of a contemporary sporting or exercise practice (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Exploration of the design, application and evaluation of a contemporary sport and exercise science practice (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • workshop - 24 hours over the semester
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week including engaging with online material, readings, revision, assignment work and other study

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