The Human Performance Science major represents a distinctive approach to sport and exercise science. It is based on four pillars; namely, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, biomechanics and injury prevention, and psychology. The science of human performance extends beyond high performance sport and includes links to the general population, movement-related professions, exercise, nutrition and physical health.

Human Performance Science is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Sport and Human Performance (BSHP). Human Performance Science may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Human Performance Science as a single major for the BSHP, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Human Performance Science, including 105 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete BIOMD101, HPSCI101; 60 points from HPSCI202, HPSCI203, HPSCI204, HPSCI205, HPSCI206, or HPSCI207; and 45 points from HPSCI301, HPSCI302, HPSCI303, HPSCI304, HPSCI306 or SDCOA304.

To complete Human Performance Science as part of a double major for the BSHP or other undergraduate degree, students must gain gain 120 points from papers listed for Human Performance Science, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete BIOMD101, HPSCI101; 45 points from HPSCI202, HPSCI203, HPSCI204, HPSCI205, HPSCI206, or HPSCI207; and 45 points from HPSCI301, HPSCI302, HPSCI303, HPSCI304, HPSCI306 or SDCOA304.

To complete a minor in Human Performance Science, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Human Performance Science major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Human Performance Science papers

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Code and paper title Points
BIOMD101 Introduction to Human Biology - Tinana Tangata Koiora right arrow

This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology.
He whakataki tēnei pepa i te hunga tauira ki ngā tūāpapa o te...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HELTH120 Navigating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific right arrow

This paper explores Hauora in Aotearoa from Māori and Pacific perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of the significance, relevance...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HPSCI101 Introduction to Human Performance Science right arrow

This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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HELTH220 Facilitating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific right arrow

This paper explores conceptual and applied understandings of Māori and Pacific health and wellbeing, with a focus on dual impacts of colonisation and...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HPSCI202 Psychomotor Learning and Performance right arrow

The paper provides a broad research-informed introduction to themes associated with perceptual and psychological factors that influence how people...

15 24B (Hamilton)
HPSCI203 Nutrition for Health and Exercise right arrow

This paper will include an overview of nutrition in the context of sport and health related settings, with focus on understanding the roles of macro...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HPSCI204 Biomechanics in Sport: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanical Principles right arrow

This paper covers basic biomechanics concepts, including static mechanics, dynamic mechanics, kinematics, and kinetics. Injury mechanics, prevention...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
HPSCI205 Exercise Prescription right arrow

This paper introduces students to the study of safe and effective exercise prescription to meet a range of health, fitness, and performance goals...

15 24A (Tauranga) & 24B (Hamilton)
HPSCI206 Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance right arrow

This paper addresses key psychological aspects of sport and human performance. Select psychological concepts are covered to develop knowledge...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
HPSCI207 Exercise Physiology right arrow

This paper examines human physiology in the context of exercise. Short and long term responses of physiological systems will be examined with a focus...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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HPSCI301 Advanced Exercise Physiology right arrow

The paper critically examines complex physiological mechanisms and explores innovative strategies to manipulate these mechanisms to enhance fitness...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HPSCI302 Advances in Human Performance Psychology right arrow

The paper examines historical and contemporary approaches to the psychology of human performance in physical activity, sport and other domains, with...

15 24B (Hamilton)
HPSCI303 Advanced Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention right arrow

The paper critically examines the theoretical/biomechanical concepts involved in analysing and monitoring human movement to enhance health and...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
HPSCI304 Advanced Strength Conditioning and Exercise Prescription right arrow

This paper explores technological innovations in sport and human performance. It aims to investigate the various forms of technologies used to...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
SDCOA304 Advances in Coaching Practice right arrow

This paper critically examines the instructional strategies and practices adopted to promote effective instruction in selected settings. A range of...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 20 May 2024 01:00am