UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences offers you the opportunity to take high-quality courses in kinesiology (human movement), exercise and sport sciences, nutrition sciences and the sociocultural aspects of sport from award-winning teachers.

Feature courses

Biophysical Development, Measurement and Assessment, BIOL1900

Interested in learning about the different factors that influence how and why people move? In this introductory level course you will gain an understanding of the major biological and physical concepts that are necessary to understand human movement. You will learn about the growth and development of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neural systems in response to physical activity. You will apply your learning in practical activities and laboratory work.

Physical Activity & Health, HPRM1000 

Want to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between physical activity and population health? In this course you will explore the relationships between physical activity and public health, especially for the prevention of obesity and chronic disease. You will gain an understanding of the patterns of physical activity in different populations (e.g., children, older people, Indigenous people), and on the evidence that underpins the relationships between physical activity and health – how do we know that physical activity can prevent ill health, and assist with management of health problems?

Health & Fitness Through Diet and Exercise, NUTR1023 

You will examine the influence of diet and exercise on health, fitness and well-being, and explore how diet and exercise can be used to maintain a healthy body weight and enhance exercise performance. You’ll learn about the functions of different nutrients in the body, how the body responds to exercise training, and how to determine if your own diet and exercise is meeting current recommendations. You’ll also have the opportunity to put theory into practice by developing an exercise program to improve your own health and fitness.

Exercise Physiology, PHYL2730 

Examine the biophysical bases of human movement (kinesiology) with specific focus upon growth and development of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neural systems in response to physical activity. In addition, adaptations to exercise and physical activity as a result of exercise training will be examined. The course will provide foundation knowledge in physiology and how it relates to sport (e.g., performance) and physical activity undertaken for health. You will gain hands-on experience in assessing physical fitness and performance during laboratory work and field tests.

Psychology of Sport & Exercise, PSYC2000

In this introductory course you will study the impact of psychological variables on participation and performance in sport and exercise. You’ll also examine the influence that participation in sport and exercise has on the psychological characteristics of individuals. This course suits students who are interested in gaining theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in basic sport and exercise psychology.

Nutrition & Exercise, NUTR3000 

Are you interested in the biochemical and physiological foundations underpinning the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance? In this course you will learn about how diet and physical activity impact on health, examining the influence of exercise and nutrition on the development, prevention and management of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You will develop independence, creativity and critical thought in the evaluation of research relating to nutrition and exercise to health and exercise performance.

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