Course Title: Principles of Exercise Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Exercise Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Joshua Denham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6525

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.053

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts, principles and terminology of exercise and sports science. The information obtained in this course is directly applicable to the study of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, rehabilitation and exercise prescription.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science):  

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science. Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO 1).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO 2).
  • Identify exercise needs of a person/team and design appropriate exercise interventions (PLO 6).


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Express common terminology related to movement, exercise training and physical activity programs and identify scientific principles relevant to the development of physical fitness
  2. Recognise the difference between scientific, peer-reviewed information and non-reviewed information available via the web and printed literature
  3. Undertake basic fitness tests and explain the basic concepts upon which they’re based, and relate physical activity, fitness and health
  4. Rationalise pre-exercise screening, demonstrate competencies required to undertake basic pre-activity screening and explain guiding concepts for referral
  5. Design basic physical activity and fitness programs with consideration of individual goals, expectations and backgrounds and identify the basic requirements of a safe environment
  6. Modify exercise for specific groups and issues associated with medications, applying your understanding of constraints
  7. Demonstrate good technique in basic exercises, and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills


Overview of Learning Activities

Teacher-led activities include lectures and practical sessions designed to explain and demonstrate the application of evidence-based principles of exercise prescription. Students will also be directed to conduct literature searches and read specified material available via the library, internet or the myRMIT system.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes, prescribed readings, and access to key sites on the internet will be supplied via the myRMIT system. It will be to the student’s advantage to access and review lecture notes and related materials prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks 

Early Assessment Task:  Formative quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Assessment and Prescription Task

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: End of semester summative assessment

Weighting 45% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Practicum portfolio Employment Portfolio (Hurdle requirements)

This assessment task supports CLO 3, 4, 5 & 7


  1. In order to pass the course, you are required to attend and actively participate in all of 80% of laboratory practical sessions to meet O H & S requirements. 
  2. Practical competency tests.
  3. Employment Portfolio. The Employment Portfolio is to prepare you in first year for your second and third year Professional Placement (as well as the workforce post-graduation) and to keep you on target throughout your Exercise and Sport Science Program.