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.
Study Human Performance Science in these qualifications
Human Performance Science as a specialisation of
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.
Available Human Performance Science papers
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.
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|CMYHE101||Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing||19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online) & 19A (Tauranga)|
|This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.|
|HPSCI101||Introduction to Human Performance Science||19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)|
|This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.|
|HSHUP102||The Fundamentals of Coaching and Instruction||19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)|
|This paper develops an introductory working knowledge of coaching and instructing including communication and management strategies, and how to create environments that support the diverse learning needs of individuals and groups.|
|SDCOA101||Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues||19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)|
|In this paper students will gain an introduction to sociological understandings of sport and movement cultures. They will develop new ways of critically thinking about the important role sport plays in contemporary society, including the economy, politics, tourism, the media, and our sense of identity, belonging and community. Stud...|
|STATS111||Statistics for Science||19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Tauranga)|
|This paper provides a first course in statistics for students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Microsoft Excel is used throughout. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|HPSCI201||Exercise Physiology and Prescription||19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)|
|The paper examines the physiological mechanisms, adaptations and subsequent exercise prescription that impact on performance and wellbeing.|
|HPSCI202||Psychomotor Learning and Performance||19B (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.|
|HPSCI203||Nutrition for Health and Exercise||19A (Hamilton) & 19T (Block - Tauranga)|
|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.|
|HPSCI204||Biomechanics In Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention||19B (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.|
|HSHUP201||Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance||19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)|
|This paper addresses key psychological aspects of health, sport and human performance. Select psychological concepts are covered to develop knowledge, understanding and skills important to a broad range of career and leadership pathways within and beyond sport, health and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, go...|
|MAORI204||Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing||19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)|
|This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.|
|Code||Paper Title||Occurrence / Location|
|HPSCI301||Advanced Exercise Physiology and Prescription||19B (Hamilton)|
|The paper critically examines complex physiological mechanisms and explores innovative strategies to manipulate these mechanisms to enhance fitness, performance and health.|
|HPSCI302||Advances in Human Performance Psychology||19A (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.|
|HPSCI303||Advanced Performance Analysis||19A (Hamilton)|
|The paper critically examines the theoretical/biomechanical concepts involved in analysing and monitoring human movement to enhance health and performance outcomes.|
|HPSCI304||Sport Technology and Human Performance||19B (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.|
|HSHUP302||Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 2||19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19C (Online)|
|This paper fulfills The University of Waikato's requirement for all students to engage with the wider community in a work-related or applied project setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of sport, health and human performance....|
|HSHUP390||Directed Study||19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Online)|
|This paper allows you to work independently under the supervision of a staff member to conduct an investigation on a topic of your choice.|
|SDCOA304||Analysing Coaching for Learning||19B (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.|
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Graduate study options
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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.