Required courses (36 credits)
At least 36 credits selected from the following courses:
Offering Semester in 2021/22
Courses not offered in 2021/22 (subject to change)
Courses not offered in 2021/22 (subject to change)
Fundamentals of Motor Control and Learning
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Psychology of Exercise and Health
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
EXSC2003 Exercise Physiology (6 credits)
This course will introduce the key physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise. Students will examine and evaluate physiological changes that occur to respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems during an acute bout of exercise and following a period of exercise training. The physiological basis of anaerobic and aerobic training and muscle training will be discussed. The environmental factors such as temperature and altitude that affect the responses to exercise will also be discussed. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the exercise physiology laboratory to assess their own anaerobic power, aerobic capacity, and isokinetic muscle strength.
EXSC2007 Exercise Prescription and Training (6 credits)
This course will introduce the theoretical constructs underpinning exercise prescription and training and equip students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking and skills to assess components of physical fitness and design exercise programs on the basis of available scientific evidence. This course will also contribute to prepare students for exercise professional accreditation. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the fitness gym to undergo fitness testing and training activities.
EXSC2008 Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise (6 credits)
This course will investigate the role of exercise, physical activity (PA), inactivity and sedentary behaviour in health and wellness, with particular emphasis on the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of major non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Key terms relating to PA will be defined. Various PA measurement methods and their use in PA epidemiology and public health research will be discussed. Students will learn about fundamental study designs and methodologies used in evaluating the impacts of PA on health. Students will obtain skills and knowledge necessary to critically evaluate evidence on health benefits of PA. Students will learn whether the beneficial impacts of PA on health outcomes are independent of, or modified by other health risk factors, such as obesity, sedentary behaviour and genetic risk.
EXSC2009 Exercise Biomechanics (6 credits)
This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of mechanics on the structure and function of the human movement. You will develop an understanding of the mechanical principles and rules that are governing motion. Examples and case studies from real life will be used to enhance your understanding of how the laws of mechanics can be applied so as to contribute to maintaining the health or even the performance of the individual/athlete.
EXSC2010 Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Activity (6 credits)
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, principles and applications of physical activity measurement and evaluation. Students will be able to describe advantages and disadvantages of various physical activity assessment tools. Moreover, students will learn about historical and new techniques needed to measure and evaluate physical activity. In addition, students will learn how emerging wearable technologies can be utilized under various applications to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary time. Students will also be able to apply various measurement techniques to evaluating the accuracy of physical activity assessment tools.
EXSC3017 Nutrition for Exercise and Health (6 credits)
This course will introduce the basic principles of human nutrition and the functional role of nutritional components such as water/fluid, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, fat and protein for health and exercise performance. Students will be exposed to effective nutritional practices that assist with weight management and/or positively influence exercise performance, according to available scientific evidence. Students will participate in learning activities to apply nutrition knowledge in real-life scenario.
EXSC3018 Biological Basis of Exercise and Health (6 credits)
This course will address the question “why exercise can result in improvement of human health?” by providing an in-depth discussion on the latest discovered biological mechanisms that are responsible for the widespread beneficial effects of exercise on health, including the anti-inflammatory effect, antioxidant effect, myokines, cardioprotective effect, fat-beiging effect, glucose-lowering effect, anti-cancer effect, and brain health effect of exercise. This course will also explore the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that underpin the physiological adaptations from exercise leading to the enhancement of human health. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the laboratory to assess their own body fat and glucose tolerance.
EXSC3019 Exercise and Chronic Diseases (6 credits)
Exercise and chronic diseases course will introduce you to the prevention, rehabilitation and management of the chronic conditions in which exercise can play a vital role. You will be able to understand the most effective way to change the behavior of an individual regarding exercise and how to design safe and effective exercise programs for individuals with chronic diseases. You will be exposed to clinical case scenarios with the primary objective to develop the skills in evidence-based practice.
BBMS1001 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
This course examines the concepts related to the structure and function of the human body, including the organization of the body from single cell to the coordinated whole. Throughout the course, focus will be placed on the inter-relationship between structure and function in cells, tissues and body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, musculoskeletal, neural, immune, and endocrine systems). The course serves a basis for understanding the normal processes of life.
Prerequisites: HKDSE Biology or Chemistry or Combined Science with Biology or Chemistry component, or equivalent
BBMS3018 Biomechanics and Biomedical Technologies (6 credits)
The course provides a fundamental understanding of human anatomy with application of modern biomedical technology and prosthetic devices. In general, the course provides an overview of musculoskeletal anatomy, the structural, functional and mechanical properties of biodynamics and biological tissues. Specific course topics will include structural and functional relationships in tissues and organs; application of stress and strain analysis to biological tissues; analysis of forces in human function and movement; energy and power in human activity; introduction to modelling viscoelasticity of tissues; 3-dimensional printing of biomedical implants and prostheses. In addition, students will be provided with unique learning approaches in theoretical background and cutting-edge laboratory hands-on bio-prosthetic technology experience.
Prerequisites: Pass in any one of the following courses: BBMS1001 Human Biology, BIOL3205 Human Physiology, MEDE2302 Life Sciences II (Cell Biology & Physiology), MEDE3301 Life Sciences III (Physiology)