EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality

EXERSCI 100G | OPEN | Summer School & Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


An introduction to the principles of physical exercise, with a focus on understanding how the body moves and responds to exercise, how performance can be measured, and how fitness can be developed and maintained to optimise health. Particular emphasis will be placed on the debunking of common myths about exercise, and offering evidence-based advice on the benefits of appropriate physical activity.

Restriction: BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 105, SPORTSCI 100G, 101, 105, MEDSCI 142

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the impact of different modes of exercise and physical activity on health and wellbeing.
  2. Describe physiological responses to exercise and physical activity over the lifespan.
  3. Describe gender-based differences in human physiology and exercise performance.
  4. Explain psychological principles that facilitate exercise performance. 
  5. Interpret data on associations between physical activity, exercise, sedentary behaviours, and key health topics in the New Zealand context. 


If you have completed or are enrolled in the restricted courses: BIOSCI 107, EXERSCI 101, 105, SPORTSCI 100G, 101, 105, MEDSCI 142 or if you are majoring in Exercise Science, then please note that you are not eligible to enrol in this General Education course.

If you are in a Science major, we recommend you enrol in EXERSCI 101 instead of EXERSCI 100G.

Student Feedback

'This is a great example of what every Gen Ed course should be! Well structured and examined.'

'Very interesting and easy to follow, would recommend.'

'Really enjoyed this course as it gave insight into our health and how we should be looking after our body along with the benefits of exercise and how our body responds to this stimulation.'

'Lecturer was enthusiastic, knew what he was talking about, was helpful and approachable. Also, enjoyed the music at the start of class.'

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