Department of Sports Science and Physical Education

Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

COURSE LIST


EXSC 6101 - Research Methods in Exercise Science and Sports Studies
This course is designed to familiar students with major research methods of postgraduate level that are applicable to Exercise Science. Knowledge acquired in this course will assist students in (1)understanding the nature of the research process and the various types of research methods; (2) developing the skills necessary for conducting an research project in Exercise Science; (3) reading, interpreting, analyzing and examining research findings from journal articles in the areas of Exercise and Sports science. At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and understand the principles and practices of acquiring knowledge and solving problems through research. They are also expected to be able to use various research methods in examining a topic in Exercise and Sports Science that will lead to the successful completion of the Research Project.


EXSC 6102 - Statistics in Exercise Science and Sports Studies
Statistics are major research tools. In order to better equip students with the tools necessary for independent research, many disciplines include statistical training during postgraduate studies. Some specific statistical concepts that are particularly emphasized in the field of exercise science, such as issues of validity and reliability, multiple regression models, and multivariate analysis. Common research topics in exercise science and sports studies include physical abilities, fitness and activity, psychosocial aspects in sports, and health. This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of common statistical concepts and techniques used in the field of exercise science and sports studies. This course is particularly useful for exercise and sports professionals, as it will provide the knowledge necessary to comprehend research articles and concepts in exercise science and sports studies. Students are expected to possess basic knowledge in exercise science and sports studies, and proficiency of college level mathematics and statistics, prior to taking this course.


EXSC 6201 - Exercise: Physiological Benefits, Limits and Adaptation
The general aim of this course is to provide the students with up-to-date and research-based information for understanding the physiological aspects of exercise. This course will examine the current concepts of energy metabolism and other physiological responses to exercise and training. Emphasis will be placed on the application of such knowledge upon the improvement of exercise performance and upon the promotion of exercise. The students will be provided with hands-on experience of conducting laboratory work which examines the metabolic responses to exercise. At the end of the course, students should be able to: 1) explain the metabolic responses involved in bioenergetics; 2) discuss the relationship between exercise intensity/duration and the physiological responses; 3) explain the influence of physical training on human performance; and 4) demonstrate the basic skills on laboratory-based practical work.


EXSC 6202 - Sports Nutrition for Health and Performance
The aim of this course is to provide students with a sound understanding of the basic principles of human nutrition, and to build on this to cover in greater depth issues relating to the interactions between nutrition and exercise. The course will cover both the role of nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle and nutrition for sports performance. Contents will include factors influencing sports performance, food intake and energy balance during rest, exercise and recovery; influence of nutrients on exercise performance; fluid balance and performance; protein nutrition and strength; vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements. Practical work will be used to illustrate the topics covered in lectures, and written practical reports will be required.


EXSC 6203 - Structural Biomechanics of the Human Body
This course examines the structure and function of the human body with a particular emphasis being provided on acute sporting injury. Mechanical properties of connective tissue will be reviewed with a focus on firstly, tissue adaptation with physical activity and exercise and secondly, tissue failure under high acute loads. Approaches that are used to examine the mechanisms of acute sporting injury will be discussed and these will include, qualitative analysis using biomechanical principles, analysis of non-injury situations, accident reconstructions and modeling.


EXSC 6204 - Biomechanics of Sports Injury
This course examines the biomechanical bases for sporting injuries with the aetiology of overuse sporting injuries being examined. A background in biomechanical measurement techniques (motion analysis, electromyography, force plates and other measurement devices) is provided so that students can understand background concepts and also read the related literature with confidence.


EXSC 6205 - Current Issues in Sports & Exercise Psychology
Physical activity has become a key feature of health promotion and yet, even in today's society, encouraging physical activity remains a significant challenge. Based on key issues, theories and research in sport motivation and participation, students will explore why some participants continue to exercise and why others choose not to. Students will also be introduced to concepts associated with physical activity and psychological well-being. In particular, the mental benefits of physical activity will be explored and topics such as stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and mental illness will be discussed. This course aims to provide students with a wider theoretical understanding of motivation, participation and the psychological benefits of exercise.


EXSC 6207 - Exercise Prescription for General and Special Populations
Effective exercise prescriptions are an essential part of improving one's physical fitness and overall health. However, in order to provide an effective exercise program, exercise prescriptions must be individualized and specific to the participant's unique health conditions. As chronic illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and lower-back disorder, become increasingly prevalent in modern urban settings, exercise prescriptions for the general population should be modified in order to cater to the specific medical indications of specific populations. Given that a regular exercise training program is recognized as good preventative medicine for chronic diseases, this course is designed to introduce information about specialized exercise prescription to meet the needs of general citizens and people with particular medical conditions. Students will be expected to become familiar with exercise prescriptions for general healthy populations and to use this knowledge to design exercise programs for targeted populations with specific chronic diseases.


EXSC 6208 - Social & Cultural Influence on Physical Activity
The role, meaning and importance of physical activity in the lives of individuals reflects the values and beliefs that individuals hold towards exercise. In some societies, physical activity in the form of organized sport plays an influential role in the lives of their members. In other societies, formal physical activity is less important than informal forms of activity such as personal exercise and play. The necessity of studying the reasons for the irregular occurrence of formal or informal activity has become significant in the light of the recognition of the relationship between physical activity and health. Many scientific, medical and public health organisations have issued statements regarding the benefits and importance of regular physical activity. In addition, efforts are now being made to promote active lifestyles as a way of combating the inevitable rise of disease later in life. In order to understand the values and beliefs related to physical activity, it is necessary to examine the social and cultural factors that may influence the involvement of individuals in health-related physical activity. This course will develop an understanding of the complex social and cultural arrangements by focusing on the Hong Kong culture and society. Many of the aspects of Hong Kong life are similar to that found in other developed nations. Nevertheless, there are unique aspects of cultural life that require a deeper understanding because the values, beliefs and customs found in that uniqueness are inextricably linked to how individuals value exercise as a health related behaviour.


EXSC 6210 - Health Related Physical Activity
Physical activity is now recognised as a major health issue in modern industrialised countries throughout the world. Public health problems have been linked to physical activity and many scientific, medical and public health organisations have now issued statements regarding the benefits and importance of regular physical activity. Inactivity has now been linked to chronic diseases and other health problems. While efforts are now being made to promote active lifestyles as a way of combating the inevitable rise of disease later in life, increasing numbers of people continue to do no regular exercise. This course will address the health benefits of physical activity from a behavioural epidemiological perspective. By looking at the factors that influence physical activity and applying that knowledge to develop interventions and measure their effects, students in this course will develop a deeper understanding of the significance and difficulties of increasing physical activity in our daily lives.


EXSC 6211 - Sports Injury & Rehabilitation
The aim of this course is to assist students in understanding human pathophysiological responses, as well as the prevention of exercise/sports related functional disorders and injuries. This course will provide an in-depth study of the field through literature reading, discussion, presentation and paper writing. EXS6211 will enable students to: 1) understand the pathophysiological process and its differing results in tissues and bodily systems accompanied by exercise/sports injuries; 2) optimize their use of exercise and sport in regard to health promotion; 3) comprehend the importance of preventing exercise/sports related functional disorders, diseases and injuries; and 4) apply methods learned in monitoring pathophysiological responses of the body during exercise and sports.


EXSC 6212 - Guided Studies: Exercise Science
The purpose of this course is to allow the students to pursue advanced guided individual study in selected areas of Exercise Science. It will provide the opportunity for students to review the literature of their fields of interest and to prepare for the writing of their Project proposals. Examples are topics within the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports psychology, etc. A student is expected to read according to a reading list prescribed or approved by the supervisors and to confer regularly with the supervisor. Assessment is based on the completion of reading and course requirements.


EXSC 6300 - Research Project: Exercise Science
The Research Project aims to develop the student's ability to conduct independent research in the area of Exercise Science. It represents a step beyond the tutor directed Research Seminar and Guided Study conducted in previous course. The Project will be expected to be an original research within the student's area of interest. Any relevant topic may be the subject of research, subject only to the agreement of the course committee, the availability of the necessary facilities, and the identification of a suitable supervisor. The Project must address a clearly identified problem and show evidence of familiarity with relevant literature, an appropriate experimental design and methodology, and a satisfactory interpretation of the results. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to: 1) plan a research project; 2) conduct research in a professional and ethical manner; 3) present research effectively in written form; and 4) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a relevant area. (Students who have obtained in their first year of attendance an overall GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible to take the course.)


SPSY 6103 - Sport Development and Delivery
The expansion of sport as a modern cultural form has been facilitated through recreational, elite and commercial sport development. While commercial sport is more frequently organized to accommodate professional sport, recreational and elite sport are usually developed and organized by sport organizations that are attached in some way to governments. Regardless these sport forms are responses to the economic, political, social and commercial opportunities that are now evident when societies commit to the provision of sport for its citizens. This course is devoted to the study of sport development and how policies are transformed into a delivery system that meets both the needs of the general population and those of elite sport.


SPSY 6202 - Sponsorship and Marketing of Sport Events and Performance
The growth of sport around the Asian region reflects what has already happened on other continents. This interest combined with the awarding of the 2008 Olympics promises to create significant opportunities for the business sector around the region. Marketing and Sponsorship are expected to be integral parts of the development and organization at every level of sport. This course will systemically analyze the basic principles involved in sport marketing and sponsorship with particular reference professional and high performance sport in addition to school programmes, community settings and national sports associations in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region.


SPSY 6701 - Guided Studies: Sports Studies
The purpose of these courses is to allow graduate students in the Masters degree programme to pursue advanced guided individual study in selected areas of Sports Science and Physical Education. It provides an opportunity for students to review the literature of their fields of specialization and to prepare for the writing of their project proposals.Examples are topics within the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology,sports management, sports psychology, etc. A student is expected to read according to a reading list prescribed or approved by the supervisors and to confer regularly and frequently with the supervisor. Assessment is based on the completion of reading and course requirements.


SPSY 6901 - Research Project: Sports Studies
The research project requires final year students to complete an independent research project that focuses on a specific aspect of sport that is of interest to the student. The student will be guided by a supervisor who will work closely with the student to develop a research question by reviewing the literature, plan the approach with an appropriate theoretical framework, select an appropriate methodology, collect data in a professional and ethical manner, analyze the data and present the analysis in a conventional research format.


SSPE 6001 - Theories and Applications of Motor Learning
The aim of the course is to introduce the principles of human skill performance, principles of skill learning and how the principles apply in the areas of physical education and sports. Course content will focus on the acquisition of motor skill behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the essential concepts in the acquisition of motor skills. The course will address the overall questions of how people learn motor skills.


SSPE 6002 - Pedagogy of Sports and Adapted Physical Activities
The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand how physical education and adapted physical education can be individualized to meet special and unique needs of learners. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of learning difficulties and teaching constraints together with how to apply various teaching approaches and models to better fit the local context.


SSPE 6100 - Sociological Issues in Physical Education
The aim of this advanced course is to examine the theoretical and practical issues surrounding school physical education from a sociological perspective. The objectives are to increase the depth of understanding of what is meant by a critical sociology of physical education and to familiarize the student with the sociology of physical education literature. In addition, the course will critically examine physical education practices in Hong Kong.


SSPE 6200 - Advances in Physical Fitness Assessment: Theory and Practice
Keeping physically active and fit has been proven an effective strategy for improving one's quality of life, as well as preventing and treating chronic diseases. Physical fitness assessment is an indespensable part of an athletes training regimen. Hence, periodical assessment and evaluation of one's physical fitness level, becomes a fundamental part in maintaining and evaluating one's health. Knowledge, skill and the ability to conduct advanced fitness testing are essential requirements for most sports science research. This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of current trends in physical fitness evaluation, as well as to ascertain the skills and abilities needed to conduct advanced fitness testing. Subject matter related to theories, rationales, laboratory skills, and measurement techniques in current health and fitness evaluation will be discussed. This course is particularly useful for postgraduate students, as it will provide the fundamental knowledge and competency needed for their future health-related research projects. Lectures, group discussion, and laboratory experience are all expected.


SSPE 6701 - Guided Studies I
The purpose of these courses is to allow graduate students in the Masters degree programme to pursue advanced guided individual study in selected areas of Sports Science and Physical Education. It provides an opportunity for students to review the literature of their fields of specialization and to prepare for the writing of their project proposals. Examples are topics within the areas of biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports management, sports psychology, etc. A student is expected to read according to a reading list prescribed or approved by the supervisors and to confer regularly and frequently with the supervisor. Assessment is based on the completion of reading and course requirements.


SSPE 6901 - Project and Research Project: Sports Science and Physical Education
Students in their second year of study may, with the agreement and guidance of their supervisors, elect to conduct a small research project on a significant problem in one of the following areas: 1) Management of Physical Education, Sport and Recreation; 2) Exercise Physiology; 3) Biomechanics; 4) Sports Psychology; 5) Sport Sociology; 6) Others (with the permission of the supervisor). In general the project may employ either quantitative or qualitative methods, such as experimental study, survey, action research or case study. (Student who have obtained in their first year of attendance an overall GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible to take the course.)