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SP1001 - Science and Practice of Sport and Exercise

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Open to all JCU students

This subject provides an introduction to the various subdisciplines of sport and exercise science including motor behaviour, biomechanics, exercise physiology and sport psychology. The subject will also cover the importance of physical activity, historical and social aspects of physical activity, professional issues in sport and exercise science and an introduction to exercise programming and energy systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the nature and scope of sport and exercise professions;
  • describe the structural, physiological and motor development changes across the lifespan and the effects of exercise on these changes;
  • describe the physical, physiological and psychological benefits of sport and exercise in terms of general health across the lifespan;
  • describe the basic principles of health and physical assessments, sport and exercise testing and programming.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Educational resource - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled practical classes.



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Dr Denise Turner
Lecturers: Dr Denise Turner, Dr Glen Deakin, Dr Fiona Crowther, Dr Jonathan Connor, Ms Lisa Simmons, Dr Sara Brice.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 22 hours practicals
  • 22 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.