Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The focus of this course is the application of exercise science skills and knowledge to sports performance. Students will gain an understanding of pre-exercise screening, the physiological and biomechanical basis of sporting performance, exercise training program design, issues related to the use of ergogenic aids and drugs in sport, and specificity of fitness testing, as well as an introduction to sports science research and peer-reviewed literature. Students will develop skills for the assessment of sports-related physical fitness.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of pre-exercise screening

2. Explain the physiological basis of successful sports performance

3. Demonstrate and understanding of the basis of successful exercise training program design

4. Differentiate between exercise training programs for health, occupational fitness, rehabilitation and sports performance

5. Explain the role of fitness testing in sport and the application of the results to exercise training program design

6. Demonstrate skills in selecting and conducting physical fitness tests

7. Demonstrate skills in group cooperation to effectively carry out comprehensive exercise testing and interpretation

8. Demonstrate skills in locating, reviewing and applying the sports science literature

9. Examine the use of ergogenic aids for sports performance

10. Describe drugs used and abused in sport.

11. Describe the ethical issues regarding the use of drugs in sport

12. Demonstrate knowledge of the drugs commonly used in sport and their effects


Major topics include:

- Pre-exercise screening

- Needs analysis for sports performance

- The role of exercise testing

- Informed consent and liability

- Exercise training program design

-- Types of sport related fitness

- Body structure and posture

- Body composition

- Flexibility

- Speed and agility

- Muscular strength, power and endurance

- Anaerobic power

- Aerobic fitness

- Resistance training

- Endurance training

- Sprint, agility and flexibility training

- Ergogenic aids

- Ergolytic substances

- Drug testing in sport

- Sports science literature searching

- Basics of data collection and interpretation


This course is only available to students who are active in one of the following programs: 12218, 12370 or 40107.

Assumed knowledge

HUBS2520 - Sports Science 3: Exercise Physiology

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - 1

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Attendance/participation will be recorded in the practical sessions (Method of recording: roll will be taken). Compulsory attendance (minimum 80%) is required to pass this course. Failure to attend may result in an additional task to meet course requirements.

Contact hours



Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

In term assessment

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.