EXERSCI 100G Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality

EXERSCI 100G | OPEN | Summer School & Semester Two 2019 | City Campus


This course introduces the principles of physical exercise, focusing on 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 is placed on debunking common myths about exercise, and offering evidence-based advice on the benefits of appropriate physical activity.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to health, wellness and exercise injuries
  • Anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system
  • The evaluation of fitness (including VO2max tests)
  • Performance under challenging environmental conditions (space travel, scuba diving, mountaineering)
  • Factors required for human movement (motivation, mechanics, energy, neural control)
  • The relationship between genes and physical performance
  • Exercise principles, pain and rehabilitation
  • The psychology behind acquiring a new motor skill
  • The impact of aging on physical performance


Coursework (50%)
Exam (50%) Mixture of multi-choice questions and short answer questions 

Student feedback

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