Anatomy & Physiology (15 credits)
Develop a sound understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functions of the human body systems, for later application to human movement.
Physical Conditioning 1a (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of, and ability to put into practice, basic resistance and flexibility techniques and programmes used in muscular strength, muscular power, muscular endurance and flexibility training, and their clinical assessment. This course also aims to develop an understanding of skeletal muscle groups and the exercises designed to target them.
Sociocultural Foundations of Human Performance (15 credits)
An introduction to the historical, social and cultural foundations of human development and performance. Gain awareness of the relevance of physical fitness and human performance across the wider community. Learn about cultural diversity and identify the historical location of sports psychology and foundational social-psychological concepts relevant to human performance enrichment.
Skill Learning & Performance (15 credits)
Understand how motor skills are learned and performed, and apply this to the practical setting. In addition, this course also aims to develop an understanding of the influence of growth, maturation and aging on motor skills and skill learning.
Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
Gain an understanding of the physiological systems and mechanisms of the human body under rest and exercise conditions as they apply to human performance.
Physical Conditioning 1b (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of, and ability to, put into practice basic techniques and programmes used in power, speed, anaerobic, and aerobic energy systems training, general fitness training and their clinical assessment.
Nutrition 1 (15 credits)
Develop a working understanding of the role of nutrition in human performance, including the sources and availability of food categories.
Biomechanics of Human Movement (15 credits)
Gain an understanding of, and the demonstrated ability to apply, the fundamental biomechanical concepts of human motion, as they relate to human performance.
Physical Conditioning 2a (15 credits)
Gain the necessary skills to screen clients, carry out and report the results of body composition, flexibility, and sub-maximal predictive tests. Apply the principles of programme design and explain the physiological responses to training from follow-up evaluations.
Nutritional Biochemistry (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of nutrient digestion absorption and co-ordinated utilisation in the body. Emphasis will be placed on the biochemical processes involved in each. In addition the course aims to develop the students’ knowledge of the metabolic in response to both training and overtraining, and their effect on substrate utilisation.
Athletic Training (15 credits) (Sports Trainer Practicum)
Understand the implications of sports injuries on human performance. Develop the knowledge and practical skills to be able to competently use pro-active and retro-active sports injury assessments and techniques with sports people during all phases of yearly training participation.
Psycho-social Aspects of Human Performance (15 credits)
Develop a critical understanding of psychosocial factors influencing human performance as they relate to sport and physical conditioning both in New Zealand and internationally. Develop knowledge of the psychological factors that influence an individual and identify strategies to enhance human performance. Also reflect upon the significance of physical activity as a social institution in contemporary society.
Research Methods and Design 1 (15 credits)
Learn the research process and the role of research in advancing clinical health knowledge. Further examine the historical, physiological and ethical aspects of research and develop the skills for critical analysis of published material. Develop an understanding of measurement in clinical and laboratory settings within the field of human performance and to statistically analyse and interpret data.
Physical Conditioning 2b (15 credits)
Enhance your knowledge and ability to apply the principles of conditioning for optimising sport performance. Gain an in-depth understanding of the physiology of speed, flexibility, muscular power and energy system training. Develop the ability to both periodise training programmes and monitor athletes’ training loads and progression.
Nutrition for Human Performance (15 credits)
Develop the demonstrated ability to evaluate and apply nutritional principles and practices for the enhancement of sport performance, general fitness and weight loss.
Physical Conditioning Practicum 1 (15 credits) (70 hours work placement training)
Develop clinical skills in exercise testing, exercise prescription, client instruction and monitoring, observation and feedback. Also develop your knowledge and practical skills in advanced exercise techniques and core stability.
Research Methods and Design 2 (15 credits)
Develop critiquing skills in order to differentiate between rigorous and non-rigorous health research and its contribution to the advancement of health knowledge; to carry out an independent literature enquiry within an identified area; and demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding in that area consistent with degree level.
Physical Conditioning 3 (30 credits)
Advance the your understanding and skills of clinical assessment and conditioning for sport with a focus on the physical and nutritional requirements for optimal performance. Design a comprehensive “periodised” conditioning and nutritional programme for sport as well as develop an assessment for its evaluation. You'll be involved in running a number of conditioning sessions and observing and filming sport performances.
Physical Conditioning Practicum 2 (15 credits) (30 hours industry placement)
Advance your skills and knowledge and apply them in a clinical workplace setting in the area of human performance. Also learn basic business management and marketing principles necessary for a successful small business operation.
Exercise Considerations for Special Populations (30 credits)
Gain the clinical knowledge of the special consideration required in the prescription of programmes for special population groups and people with special needs. Aspects of clinical testing techniques, physical activity, nutrition education and promotion methods will be studied.
Physical Conditioning Practicum 3 (15 credits) (100 hours industry placement)
An opportunity for the advancement and application of your skills and knowledge in a clinical workplace setting in the area of human performance. Put all the skills learned within the programme together in the professional practice setting at a level befitting a physical conditioning professional.
Musculoskeletal Exercise Rehabilitation (15 credits)
Gain advanced knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal reconditioning programmes and to clinically assess progress within the programmes.