Minor in Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a multidisciplinary field of study that contributes to the understanding of human movement and physical activity. This minor programme will introduce and expose students to the key subdisciplines of kinesiology including exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control and biomechanics, in addition to nutritional aspects of human health and performance.

Timetable 2018-2019

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The Minor in Kinesiology aims to provide students with a broad understanding of how human movement occurs, the factors that directly or indirectly influence exercise and physical activity, and the benefits of adopting a physically active lifestyle in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of lifestyle-mediated chronic diseases that afflict modern society.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this programme, students should be able to:

PLO1: Apply an integrated knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control, biomechanics and nutrition to problems related to physical inactivity and health in diverse populations by using an evidence-based approach 

PLO2: Critically evaluate the role of human movement and physical activity in aspects of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of lifestyle-mediated chronic diseases

PLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the body to physical activity and human movement

PLO4: Adopt a range of approaches and techniques for the assessment of physical activity and health-related fitness

PLO5: Demonstrate the utility of a multidisciplinary approach in kinesiology to improve health and human performance at both an individual and population level

Required courses (36 credits)

At least 36 credits selected from the following courses:

Course Code

Course Title


EXSC2001 Fundamentals of Motor Control and Learning



Exercise Physiology



Exercise Prescription and Training



Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise



Advanced Exercise Physiology



Rehabilitation Science


EXSC3016 Psychology of Exercise and Health


EXSC3017 Nutrition for Exercise and Health



Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology


Biomechanics and Biomedical Technologies



Courses descriptions:

EXSC2001   Fundamentals of Motor Control and Learning  (6 credits)

Human movement is a highly complex process. Simply negotiating your way to lectures requires the processing of a host of sensory information, effective decision-making, and the coordinated contraction and relaxation of skeletal muscles. This course offers an introductory overview of how we control movement and how we develop and refine our movement skills. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of human movement and their application to health and exercise.

EXSC2003  Exercise Physiology  (6 credits)

This course introduces the key physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise. Students will examine and evaluate changes that occur to various physiological systems during an acute bout of exercise and following a period of exercise training. Emphasis is placed on the respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems in this course.

EXSC2007   Exercise Prescription and Training  (6 credits)

This course will introduce the theoretical constructs underpinning exercise prescription and training and equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct basic pre-participation health screening, assess components of fitness and to design exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals. This course is designed to prepare students for exercise professional accreditation, particularly in becoming an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer.       

EXSC2008   Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise  (6 credits)

This course will investigate the role of exercise, physical activity and inactivity in health and wellness, with a particular emphasis on the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of major non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Key constructs of ‘exercise’ ‘physical activity’ ‘health- related physical fitness’ and ‘sedentary behaviour’ will be defined, and their surveillance and measurement will be explored. A critical examination of the epidemiological evidence for physical inactivity as a causative factor for various lifestyle-mediated chronic diseases and the effectiveness of physical activity, fitness and exercise in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and in the prevention and treatment of NCDs across the lifespan will be conducted. Finally, students will be exposed to the determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, the main theories underpinning physical activity and sedentary behaviour and interventions targeted at changing these behaviours in various populations. 

EXSC3002   Advanced Exercise Physiology  (6 credits)

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.

Co-requisite: EXSC2003 Exercise Physiology

EXSC3014   Rehabilitation Science  (6 credits)

This course will present both theoretical perspectives and applied aspects of rehabilitation science. Students will study human functional capacity as it relates to deficits of neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory mechanisms that underlie functional disability. Emphasis is placed on the application of fundamental theoretical principles to enhance human performance and quality of life of persons with movement difficulties in dynamic environments.

Prerequisite: Pass in any one of the following courses: EXSC2003 Exercise Physiology, EXSC2008 Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise

EXSC3016   Psychology of Exercise and Health  (6 credits)

This course primarily looks at the psychological aspects of exercise and health behaviours. The content will cover different models of psychology that have been used for explaining and intervening exercise and health behaviours among diverse populations. In addition, the course reveals the role of exercise and physical activity on mental health/illnesses and psychological well-being. Students will explore the assessment and research methods of psychology to evaluate psychological factors of exercise and health behaviours. Mental skills training and counselling techniques useful for fostering behavioural adherence towards exercise and other health enhancing behaviours will be demonstrated. Students will be given opportunities to develop evidence-based behavioural change strategies and intervention programs based on psychological principles for the promotion of physical activity and health behaviours.

EXSC3017   Nutrition for Exercise and Health  (6 credits)

This course will introduce the basic principles of human nutrition and the functional role of nutritional components such as water/fluid, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, fat, and protein for health and exercise performance. Students will be exposed to appropriate nutritional practices that assist with weight loss and weight management and that positively influence exercise performance. Furthermore, students will critically evaluate the role of nutritional supplements in health and exercise performance.

BBMS1002   Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)

This course provides the basic concepts related to the structure and function of the human body, including the organization of the body from single cell to the coordinated whole. Particularly, the course will focus on the body systems that respond to physical exercise, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, musculoskeletal, neural, and endocrine. The course serves a basis for understanding the normal processes of life. In addition, the course will describe how different tissues are organised to perform the essential physiological functions in human body. 


BBMS3018   Biomechanics and Biomedical Technologies  (6 credits)

The course provides a fundamental understanding of human anatomy with application of modern biomedical technology and prosthetic devices. In general, the course provides an overview of musculoskeletal anatomy, the structural, functional and mechanical properties of biodynamics and biological tissues. Specific course topics will include structural and functional relationships in tissues and organs; application of stress and strain analysis to biological tissues; analysis of forces in human function and movement; energy and power in human activity; introduction to modelling viscoelasticity of tissues; 3-dimensional printing of biomedical implants and prostheses. In addition, students will be provided with unique learning approaches in theoretical background and cutting-edge laboratory hands-on bio-prosthetic technology experience. 

Prerequisites: Pass in any one of the following courses: BBMS1001 Human Biology, BIOL3205 Human Physiology, MEDE2302 Life Sciences II (Cell Biology & Physiology), MEDE3301 Life Sciences III (Physiology)


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Kinesiology Ambassadors Recruitment:

The Division of Kinesiology under the School of Public Health is now actively seeking to recruit Kinesiology Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will serve as important representatives of the Minor programme and will be invited to the social gatherings and promotional activities. All HKU undergraduate students who are interested in studying the Kinesiology Minor are welcome to apply for the ambassadorship.  Please spend a minute to register online (registration form). 



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