Kinesiology Courses


Enrollment quota for each course is limited. Preference will be given to students who have already declared Minor in Kinesiology on HKU Portal.

(2019-20 Timetable and Classroom Locations)

Required courses (36 credits)

At least 36 credits selected from the following courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Offering Semester in 2019/20



Exercise Physiology

Semester 1



Exercise Prescription and Training

Semester 1 6


Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise

Semester 2



Exercise Biomechanics

Semester 2



Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Activity

Semester 1


EXSC3017 Nutrition for Exercise and Health Semester 2



Biological Basis of Exercise and Health

Semester 2



Exercise and Chronic Diseases

Semester 1



Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2 6

Biomechanics and Biomedical Technologies

Semester 1



Courses not offered in 2019/20

Course Code

Course Title


Fundamentals of Motor Control and Learning


Advanced Exercise Physiology


Rehabilitation Science


Psychology of Exercise and Health


Courses descriptions:

EXSC2003  Exercise Physiology  (6 credits)

This course will introduce the key physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise. Students will examine and evaluate physiological changes that occur to respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems during an acute bout of exercise and following a period of exercise training. The physiological basis of anaerobic and aerobic training and muscle training will be discussed. The environmental factors such as temperature and altitude that affect the responses to exercise will also be discussed. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the exercise physiology laboratory to assess their own anaerobic power, aerobic capacity, and isokinetic muscle strength.

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 physical 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. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the fitness gym to undergo physical fitness testing and fitness training activities.       

EXSC2008   Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise  (6 credits)

This course will investigate the role of exercise, physical activity (PA), inactivity and sedentary behaviour in health and wellness, with particular emphasis on the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of major non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Key terms relating to PA will be defined. Various PA measurement methods and their use in PA epidemiology and public health research will be discussed. Students will learn about fundamental study designs and methodologies used in evaluating the impacts of PA on health. Students will obtain skills and knowledge necessary to critically evaluate evidence on health benefits of PA. Students will learn whether the beneficial impacts of PA on health outcomes are independent of, or modified by other health risk factors, such as obesity, sedentary behaviour and genetic risk. 

EXSC2009   Exercise Biomechanics  (6 credits)

This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of mechanics on the structure and function of the human movement. You will develop an understanding of the mechanical principles and rules that are governing motion. Examples and case studies from real life will be used to enhance your understanding of how the laws of mechanics can be applied so as to contribute to maintaining the health or even the performance of the individual/athlete. 

EXSC2010   Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Activity  (6 credits)

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, principles and applications of physical activity measurement and evaluation. Students will be able to describe advantages and disadvantages of various physical activity assessment tools. Moreover, students will learn about historical and new techniques needed to measure and evaluate physical activity. In addition, students will learn how emerging wearable technologies can be utilized under various applications to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary time. Students will also be able to apply various measurement techniques to evaluating the accuracy of physical activity assessment tools. 

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. Students will participate in learning activities to apply the sports nutrition knowledge in real-life scenario.

EXSC3018   Biological Basis of Exercise and Health  (6 credits)

This course will address the question “why exercise can result in improvement of human health?” by providing an in-depth discussion on the latest discovered biological mechanisms that are responsible for the widespread beneficial effects of exercise on health, including the anti-inflammatory effect, antioxidant effect, myokines, cardioprotective effect, fat-beiging effect, glucose-lowering effect, anti-cancer effect, and brain health effect 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. Students will participate in practical sessions held in the laboratory to assess their own body fat and glucose tolerance.

EXSC3019   Exercise and Chronic Diseases  (6 credits)

Exercise and chronic diseases course will introduce you to the prevention, rehabilitation and management of the chronic conditions in which exercise can play a vital role. You will be able to understand the most effective way to change the behavior of an individual regarding exercise and how to design safe and effective exercise programs for individuals with chronic diseases. You will be exposed to clinical case scenarios with the primary objective to develop the skills in evidence-based practice.

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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