Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Improving health and performance outcomes through exercise is a broad process that requires an understanding of many disciplines. Professionals require a broad understanding of other domains such as psychology and nutrition as well as injury prevention and management in order to correctly prescribe exercise and to achieve desired performances. Within professional settings students will need to demonstrate a working understanding of the basic fundamental concepts contained within psychology and nutrition throughout interdisciplinary communication. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts within psychology and nutrition as applied to exercise, as well as demonstrate knowledge in injury prevention and management.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the foundations of human behaviour, cognition and mental wellbeing in relation to health, exercise and sport (ESSA13.2.2.);

2. Describe human behaviour in terms of individual and social factors, and relate these influences to the behavioural aspects of health, exercise and sport (ESSA 13.2.1, 13.2.4.);

3. Describe the basic functions of macronutrients and key micronutrients, their common sources, and their role in energy balance and general wellbeing (ESSA 11.2.1);

4. Describe a basic dietary analysis and discuss its implications for general health and well-being (ESSA 11.2.6);

5. Identify and describe common injuries associated with exercise and demonstrate an ability to provide initial injury management (ESSA 2.2.1, 2.2.6, 5.2.5, 6.2.3);

6. Demonstrate competency in basic practical skills within the medical, psychological, and nutritional foundations of exercise and sport science ESSA 2.2.2).


  • Human cognition and perception
  • Individual and social factors affecting human behaviour
  • Nutritional intake and requirements
  • Basic dietary analysis and nutritional guidelines
  • Classification of injuries typical of exercise and sport
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of injuries

Assumed knowledge

EXSS1050 and HUBS1108

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Basic analysis of human behaviour and cognition

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Basic nutritional analysis and dietary recommendations

Practical Demonstration: Practical skill competency from activities in workshops

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of Workshops.

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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