Course Title: Applied Exercise Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied 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

Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Bird and Isaac Selva Raj

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7257 and 9925 7037

Course Coordinator Email: and

Course Coordinator Location: 203.03.05 and 203.3.22

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments arranged via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Applied Exercise Science 1 is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts, principles and terminology of exercise prescription for fitness and health benefits. The information obtained in this course is directly applicable to the study of biomechanics, exercise physiology, rehabilitation and exercise prescription.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop your theoretical knowledge of the topic, study skills, critical thinking, writing and presentation skills, experience of group work, and your ability to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical contexts. 

By the end of the course, you should:
1. understand common terminology related to physical activity programs
2. be aware of the self-management skills necessary to improve various aspects of personal fitness
3. be able to implement lifestyle changes to improve personal health
4. be able to identify scientific principles relevant to performance improvement in physical activities
5. recognise the difference between scientific, peer-reviewed information and non-reviewed information available via the web and printed literature
6. develop an appreciation of the need for evidence-based exercise prescription
7. appreciate the different backgrounds brought to, and different goals and expectations held by, participants in relation to physical activity and fitness programs
8. appreciate how knowledge of the sub-disciplines of exercise science (anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning) can be applied to exercise prescription.

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 DLS.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes, prescribed readings, and access to key sites on the WWW will be supplied via the DLS.  There is no prescribed text for this course

Overview of Assessment

Your understanding of course material, and ability to apply that knowledge to practical contexts will be assessed via examinations and written assignments.