Advanced Level Specialism

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Advanced Level Specialism (A): Exercise And Health (24 Credits)

Physical Activity and Disability

Course code: EXSC3004

Course coordinator: Dr TWL Wong

This course provides an overview of the relationship between physical/psycho-social health and physical activity in persons with disabilities. It also explores the current concepts and trends in adapted physical activity.

Physical Activity and Diseases of Inactivity

Course code: EXSC3005

Course coordinator: TBC

Obesity is emerging as one of the greatest threats to world public health. Obesity and several other serious diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers) all have one thing in common – they are associated with physical inactivity. This course will examine the physiological bases upon which physical inactivity leads to disease and evaluate the role physical activity plays in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases.

Public Health Promotion of Physical Activity

Course code: EXSC3006

Course coordinator: Dr DKC Chan

This course introduces the concepts and methods of using physical activity as a public health tool. The distribution of physical inactivity in the population will be discussed in context with the health of the population, and the evidence base for effective interventions will be reviewed. The course will also review how the evidence base informs national and international policy aimed at promoting physical activity.

Rehabilitation Science

Course code: EXSC3014

Course coordinator: Dr TWL Wong

The course will present both theoretical perspectives and applied aspects of rehabilitation science.  Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental theoretical principles to enhance human performance of persons with movement difficulties in dynamic environments

Sport and exercise psychology

Course code: EXSC3015

Course coordinator: Dr DKC Chan

The course will introduce students to both theoretical and applied aspects of psychological phenomena in sport and exercise. Students will consider a broad range of topics that are key in the field, including unidimensional and multidimensional theories of stress and anxiety in performance, motivation and goal setting, team cohesion, cognitive control strategies and aggression, coaching practice and expert/ novice differences. An introductory knowledge of psychology is highly recommended.


Advanced Level Specialism (B): Exercise Specialist (24 Credits)

Advanced Exercise Physiology

Course code: EXSC3002

Course coordinator: Dr PMF Siu

This course will scientifically address the question “why exercise can result in the improvement of human health?” by providing an in-depth discussion on the latest discovered mechanisms that are responsible for the widespread health benefits of exercise, including the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-tumor, myokine/exerkine, cardioprotective, glucose-lowering and fat-beiging effects of exercise. This course will also explore the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that underpin the physiological adaptations from exercise leading to the enhancement of human health.

Advanced Measurement of Physical Activity

Course code: EXSC3010

Course coordinator: TBC

The course develops a critical appreciation of the measurement of different aspects of physical activity. The course will present measurement within the context of a research project, with particular emphasis on current gold-standard means of data collection. Various measurement techniques and their application will be presented and may include the measurement of human movement, energy expenditure, muscle and neural function.

Advanced exercise prescription and training

Course code: EXSC3011

Course coordinator: Dr SSM Fong

The course is designed to complement PBSL2239 Exercise Prescription and Training and will build upon the basic knowledge with applied knowledge of optimal testing and measurements which guide exercise prescription strategies and the effective design of exercise training programmes for specific populations. At the end of the course, students will be able to form an evidence-based opinion on exercise prescription and training and be aware of state-of-the-science developments in this area.


Applied Anthropometry

Course code: EXSC3012

Course coordinator: TBC

This course introduces students to the theoretical and practical skills of anthropometry, the study of human body dimensions and composition. Students will aim to acquire practice and theoretical competency at the internationally accredited ISAK Level 1, and be able to apply this information to physical activity, health and dietary/nutrition-related situations.


Sport and exercise nutrition 

Course code: EXSC3013

Course coordinator: Dr PMF Siu, Dr Sinead Sheridan

"The amount, composition and timing of food intake can profoundly affect sports performance" – International Olympic Committee (Maughan et al, 2004)

This course provides students with current evidence-based knowledge of sport and exercise nutrition and demonstrates the link between nutrition and sport performance. More specifically, this course will cover the role of major macronutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, supplements and fluid intake in sustaining and enhancing sports performance. To facilitate understanding of the key principles of sports and exercise nutrition, a fundamental knowledge of exercise physiology and/or biochemistry would be an advantage.

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