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The School of Exercise and Health Sciences operates a number of laboratories in each of its study areas. Our laboratories are fully equipped with some of the most state-of-the-art equipment available for use by undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia.

Biomechanics and digitising – Room 19.149

Units utilising the biomechanics laboratory space include SPS1102 Biomechanics 1 and SPS3202 Biomechanics 2, both of these units take advantage of our purpose-built, digitising networked laboratory for examining human movement. In addition the laboratory space is used during the third year unit SPS3302 Motor Control, where students investigate methods of learning and fundamental motor control patterns.

Exercise physiology – Room 19.150

This laboratory is predominantly used for research purposes and graduate classes. Occasionally our undergraduate students will use the heat chamber or isokinetic dynamometers depending upon their self-directed research topics and availability of this equipment. The postgraduate classes that use this research space include SPS4207 Advanced Exercise Physiology and SPS5401 Physiological Testing of Human Performance.

Exercise physiology – Rooms 17.101/102

The teaching laboratory space of Rooms 17.101/102 is used by variety of units taught as part of our Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) degree program. The first year unit SPS1104 Principles of Exercise Programming provides students with an understanding of exercise prescription. The second year unit SPS2201 Exercise Physiology 1 (Cardiorespiratory) focuses on the effects that exercise has on the cardio respiratory system. The third year unit SPS3301 Exercise Physiology 2 (Applied Physiology) aims to expand on student’s prior learning and focuses on the application of exercise physiology principles in a laboratory setting.

Motor control – Room 17.101a

This laboratory is predominantly used for research purposes and graduate classes. Occasionally our undergraduate students will use this laboratory for instruction in trans-cranial magnetic stimulation techniques and balance testing, which occurs in the third year unit SPS3302 Motor Control.

Anatomy – Room 17.105

This laboratory space is primarily used for the teaching of our fundamental anatomy unit EBH1101 Human Anatomy. This space is also used for instruction in SPS2202 Care and Prevention of Injuries. Both units are co-ordinated by Fiona Iredale. Students also receive instruction on exercise rehabilitation in this laboratory during the unit SPS2301 Exercise Rehabilitation.

General lab – Room 17.104

This general laboratory space has surround sound, mirrored walls and run-through capabilities. Units taught within this room include SPS1107 Sports Science Applications 1, SPS3206 Performance Studies 4 (Dance) and SPS2301 Exercise Rehabilitation.

Strength and conditioning lab – Room 19.135

This laboratory is predominantly used for research purposes and professional consultation work conducted through our Human Performance Centre. However, students gain access to hands-on instruction in resistance training techniques and lifting performance in SPS2203 Principles and Practices of Resistance Training.

Bone densitometry, body composition and balance lab – Room 19.132

This laboratory is predominantly used for research purposes. Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is used to assess bone mineral density and body composition. Neurocom Smart Balance Master is used to assess equilibrium score from sensory organization test.

Nutrition and dietetics – Room 21.101

The dedicated nutrition laboratory is designed for students to work on practical projects involving food. The multifunctional laboratory has a food demonstration and teaching area, computing stations for dietary analysis and diet development and individual or group work areas for food preparation, cooking and tasting, and food analysis. Students have access to small equipment such as: microwave/convection heating facilities; gas hotplates; modern freezers; automatic dishwashers; gelometers, and anthropometric equipment for nutritional assessment. Computer software for dietary analysis of dietary plans is available in the Nutrition laboratory as well as in the e-Labs.

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