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Human Performance Science

The Human Performance Science major represents a distinctive approach to sport and exercise science. It is based on four pillars; 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.

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

A selection of papers in Human Performance Science (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga in 2020. To complete a full BHSHP, some study in Hamilton may be required.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOMD101Introduction to Human Biology - Tinana Tangata Koiora15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce the student to the basics of human anatomy and physiology. He whakataki tenei pepa i te hunga tauira ki nga tuapapa o te matai tinana me te matai whaiaroaro o te ira tangata.
HELTH120Navigating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper explores Hauora in Aotearoa from Maori and Pacific perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of the significance, relevance, and adoption of cultural concepts and perspectives, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi, and a range of Maori and Pacific hauora models and frameworks in national, regional, and loca...
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HELTH220Facilitating Hauora in Aotearoa and the Pacific15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper explores conceptual and applied understandings of Maori and Pacific health and wellbeing, with a focus on dual impacts of colonisation and social determinants of health. It also explores the relationship between traditional whenua-based practices of hauora and their relevance to modern society. Underpinning the paper is ...
HPSCI202Psychomotor Learning and Performance15.024B (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 Exercise15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (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.
HPSCI204Biomechanics in Sport: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanical Principles15.024A (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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.
HPSCI205Exercise Prescription15.024A (Tauranga) & 24B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the study of safe and effective exercise prescription to meet a range of health, fitness, and performance goals across different populations.
HPSCI206Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper addresses key psychological aspects of 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 and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, goal setting, resil...
HPSCI207Exercise Physiology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This paper examines human physiology in the context of exercise. Short and long term responses of physiological systems will be examined with a focus on adaptations that support wellbeing and performance.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HPSCI301Advanced Exercise Physiology15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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 Psychology15.024B (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 Prevention15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
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 Prescription15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper explores technological innovations in sport and human performance. It aims to investigate the various forms of technologies used to measure and monitor human performance in sport.
SDCOA304Advances in Coaching Practice15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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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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.

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