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Sports Science Major


Provides students with the scientific knowledge of exercise, human movement and sport.

This major helps prepare students for professional roles in a variety of positions in the private, corporate and government sectors requiring personnel with high levels of competence in the area of health and fitness, elite sport, performance improvement, sports coaching, and sports science research.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
SPS1111Foundations of Fitness and Training15
SPS2505Exercise Physiology15
SPS2516Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3101Psychology of Sport and Exercise15
Plus one unit from:
SPS3502 ^Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505 ^Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3111 ^Physical Activity and Health15
SPS3601 ^Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of exercise and sports science theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and solve complex exercise and sports science situations.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in an exercise and sports science context.
  4. Use digital technologies and literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate exercise and sports science knowledge, concepts and skills to a variety of populations.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook in exercise and sport science situations, showing sensitivity for diversity.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate social and ethical values by working cooperatively and collaboratively in exercise and sports science settings.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and initiative for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in the health, exercise, fitness and sport industries.

Possible future job titles

Personal Trainer, Sports Development Officer, Exercise Scientist, Physical Activity Officer, Sports Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Scientist

This Major can be studied in the following courses

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Become World Ready

Student stories

Claire Mason

Exercise and Sports Science and Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

"You have the opportunity to experience the workplace"

I was looking to upskill into a clinical setting and ECU was the only university in Western Australia that was offering the accredited course. The lecturers are all very renowned in their own fields. Their current research is within the areas that they teach us. This means that we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs. They were all very approachable and supportive should we need help with any of the assignments or topics that we covered.