Exercise and Health major

Are you passionate about exercise and health? Do you want to spread the word and educate others about keeping fit and being healthy? This major develops your knowledge and skills in the exercise and health domain, with relevant training for careers in the health education, exercise rehabilitation, health service delivery, and fitness industries. Your knowledge and skills also complement other science areas, potentially leading to postgraduate professional training. Students study a mix of core units to give a solid foundation in the area and are able to choose from option units to ensure they graduate with a broad knowledge and understanding in the area of exercise and health. When taken with the Sport Science major where Sport Science is the degree-specific major, this combination leads to accreditation as an exercise scientist.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand the relationship between human structural, functional and behavioural characteristics and our ability to develop, maintain and promote a fit and healthy lifestyle throughout the lifespan; (2) apply this knowledge in the assessment of health indicators and the prescription of exercise for apparently healthy individuals; and (3) demonstrate excellence, creativity and intellectual exploration.

Degree-specific major

Exercise and Health can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Exercise and Health is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • three Level 1 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
Incompatibility:
SSEH1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry; HMES1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry
S2 SSEH1102 Applied Anatomy and Athletic Performance
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (18 points) or, for students who have ATAR Mathematics:Applications, WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or equivalent or higher, take only PSYCH1102 and SSEH1103 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Incompatibility:
ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics 3A/3B; MATH0700 Preparatory Mathematics; ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics;
or
equivalent
or
higher
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
S1, S2, SS SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S2 SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
S2 SSEH2290 Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S1, S2 SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
any level 2 SSEH unit
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health;
or
a Level 2 PSYC unit; for pre-2012 courses: none
Incompatibility:
SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES8475 Advanced Psychology of Sport)
S2 SSEH3376 Coaching Psychology
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health;
or
a Level 2 PSYC unit
or
approval of the unit coordinator.

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Exercise and Health degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-EXHSC

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Exercise and Health degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-EXHSC-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Exercise and Health can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Exercise and Health can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Exercise and Health second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
Incompatibility:
SSEH1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry; HMES1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry
S2 SSEH1102 Applied Anatomy and Athletic Performance

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S2 SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
S2 SSEH2290 Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
S1, S2 SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
any level 2 SSEH unit
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health;
or
a Level 2 PSYC unit; for pre-2012 courses: none
Incompatibility:
SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES8475 Advanced Psychology of Sport)
S2 SSEH3376 Coaching Psychology
Prerequisites:
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health;
or
a Level 2 PSYC unit
or
approval of the unit coordinator.

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Exercise and Health can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-EXHSC

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Exercise and Health can also be taken as a degree-specific major.