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Human Performance Science

Our Human Performance Science major represents a distinctive approach to sport and exercise science. Based on three pillars - performance physiology, performance psychology and performance monitoring and exercise prescription, this major clearly links to high performance sport.

This major provides an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of sport and exercise science, with the scope to follow one of the pillars at a higher level.

In the Human Performance Science major you will also benefit from the established relationships the University has with professional sport franchises, such as Magic Netball and Chiefs Rugby. Extending beyond high performance sport, this major includes links to the general population, movement-related professions, exercise, nutrition and physical health, providing career opportunities across the breadth of sport, physical activity and physical health professions. This major is also supported by our satellite spaces in the Avantidrome and the Adams Centre.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

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Study in Tauranga

From 2019, a selection of papers in Human Performance Science (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga. To complete a full BHSHP will require some study in Hamilton.


Prescriptions for the GradCert(HPS) and GradDip(HPS)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Human Performance Science at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the Graduate Diploma, students must take a total of 120 points including at least 75 points at 300 level or above in Human Performance Science. Programmes of study are planned according to interests and prior academic background and experience, and intending candidates should therefore consult the Chairperson of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CSMAX101The World of Data20B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students how to build datasets for analysis in health science, and critically evaluate and effectively present the results of such analyses, using commonly used software such as Excel, R, and SPSS. Students are introduced to issues of privacy, and cultural considerations for Maori and Indigenous health.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
STATS111Statistics for Science20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introductory paper in statistics that uses Microsoft Excel. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HPSCI201Exercise Physiology and Prescription20A (Hamilton)
The paper examines the physiological mechanisms, adaptations and subsequent exercise prescription that impact on performance and wellbeing.
HPSCI202Psychomotor Learning and Performance20A (Hamilton)
The paper provides a broad research-informed introduction to themes associated with perceptual and psychological factors that influence how people learn and perform movement skills.
HPSCI203Nutrition for Health and Exercise20B (Hamilton)
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 and micro-nutrients, energy balance, measurement of resting, exercising energy expenditure, chronic lifestyle related disease and influences on current diet practices.
HPSCI204Biomechanics in Sport: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanical Principles20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers basic biomechanics concepts, including static mechanics, dynamic mechanics, kinematics, and kinetics. Injury mechanics, prevention and rehabilitation principles and practices are also addressed in the context of sport.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HPSCI301Advanced Exercise Physiology and Prescription20B (Hamilton)
The paper critically examines complex physiological mechanisms and explores innovative strategies to manipulate these mechanisms to enhance fitness, performance and health.
HPSCI302Advances in Human Performance Psychology20A (Hamilton)
The paper examines historical and contemporary approaches to the psychology of human performance in physical activity, sport and other domains, with emphasis on the role of conscious and nonconscious psychological processes that underlie movement.
HPSCI303Advanced Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention20A (Hamilton)
The paper critically examines the theoretical/biomechanical concepts involved in analysing and monitoring human movement to enhance health and performance outcomes.
HPSCI304Advanced Strength Conditioning and Exercise Prescription20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores tecnological innovations in sport and human performance. It aims to investigate the various forms of technologies used to measure and monitor human performance in sport.
SDCOA304Analysing Coaching for Learning20A (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the instructional strategies and practices adopted to promote effective instruction in selected settings. A range of technologies to support the analysis and reflection process are utilised. Students will have the opportunity to apply these in a broad range of coaching and instructional settings.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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Students who major in Human Performance Science as part of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.


Subject links

Undergraduate study at Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance