Exercise and Health major

This major should be considered if you are passionate about exercise and health. This major aims to develop knowledge, skills and practical experiences required for careers in physical and health education, health services and fitness industries. This major also complements other science areas, potentially leading to postgraduate professional training. When taken with the Sport Science major (see Sport Science, Exercise and Health Double Major), you may apply to become an accredited exercise scientist upon graduation.

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; (3) demonstrate excellence, creativity and intellectual exploration; and (4) apply relevant employability skills for exercise and health.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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:

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

Students looking for additional electives in the field of Exercise and Health may consider; SSEH3339 Community and Worksite Health Promotion, SSEH3366 Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance and SSEH3389 Exercise Rehabilitation

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
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
S1, S2, SS SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

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
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)
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 SSEH unit
Incompatibility:
SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction (ID 1055)
S2 SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction
Prerequisites:
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
Incompatibility:
SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development (ID 1039)

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course. (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.)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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 1:
Course Study Plan: CSP004-EXHSC-Generic

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