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Introduction to Sports Science (EXS124)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit has 2 main components: health and physical fitness assessment; sports medicine. Topics covered include: definition and components of sports science and physical fitness; pre-activity screening; resting and exercise vitals; body compositions; muscular fitness; medical terminology; neurological screening; joint assessment; preventing sports injuries; sports nutrition; drugs in sport; principles of injury management; common sporting illnesses and injuries; common medical conditions affecting athletes; moving injured athletes; sports taping.
Unit Learning Outcomes The learning objectives of this unit are categorised as Knowledge and Skills:
1. Develop a beginning knowledge of health, health care and health and physical assessment procedures.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of medical and anatomical terminology.
3. Develop knowledge of essential components related to sports medicine but understand that these may be used in the general public as well.
4. Develop the skills to acquire patient/client information regarding client health & needs.
5. Develop the skills needed to assess baseline patient/client health (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration, skin fold, BMI, range of motion, etc).
6. Develop the skills needed to apply taping/strapping skills techniques.
7. Develop the skills to assess, treat, and or refer an injured athlete.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours; laboratories: 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences Because this is a Year One, Semester One unit it is designed to help students ease into a university academic environment. Students require a high level of interaction and guidance to maintain interest in order to move them to higher levels of learning and this is apparent with all students but most notably in year one, school-leaver students. Students at this level need to be actively involved in lecture and labs, thus providing them with a foundation as to the value of what is being taught. Additionally it is important that students be exposed to interactive, hands-on labs. This unit encourages student involvement in lectures and labs. This is achieved by inviting students to discuss their experiences as an athlete, patient, coach, or parent (as with mature-age) in relation to the topic discussed. For labs the use of interactive and hands-on format through the use of ceiling-mounted video cameras provides an enlarged visualisation of the techniques being demonstrated. This is particularly important due to the size of the lab but more importantly it makes for a more personalised approach. The student will need to commit to approximately 10 hours per week which includes lecture, labs and assigned readings as well as continued revision. This unit enhances the student transition into future exercise science units.
Assessment 1. Mid Semester Exam 35%
2. End of Semester Theory Assessment 30%
3. Practical Exam 35%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI109 Chiropractic Skills and Principles I (pre 2015) or CHI124 Principles of Sports Science may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: CHI124
2013: 'Principles of Sports Science'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Health Education Minor Teaching Area
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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