Exercise Science and Nutrition: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

As the developed world struggles with the effects of obesity in children and adults there is an increasing focus within our society on lifestyle choices, physical activity, nutrition and other factors that affect health in the community. In this major you will study lifestyle management and healthy living in the general population in order to address these issues and to assist with preventing lifestyle-related diseases. This major takes a health promotion approach and shares some papers with the Bachelor of Health Science in Health Promotion and is supported by the Human Potential Centre. Numerous postgraduate and research opportunities exist if you wish to further your career after completing this degree.
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline

Year 1

SPOR503 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Recreation
HEAL507 Health and Environment
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SPOR502 Innovative Planning in Sport and Recreation
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
SPOR504 Leadership in Sport and the Outdoors
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
SPOR511 Skill Learning in Sport and Recreation
SPSC501 Sport and Exercise Science Fundamentals
SPOR501 Sport and Recreation in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Year 2

In addition to your Year 2 core papers, you complete:

SPSC603 Exercise Prescription and Assessment
SPSC602 Applied Anatomy
SPSC605 Exercise Physiology
NUTR601 Sport and Exercise Nutrition
SPSC601 Clinical Exercise Physiology

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3

In addition to your Year 3 core papers, you complete:

Lifestyle Nutrition
SPOR703 Physical Activity and Health

Plus two optional/elective papers.

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350-400 hours in an organisation which includes working on a project related to your major through the Co-operative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • Heart Foundation
  • New Zealand Nutrition Foundation
  • District Health Boards
  • Health trusts
  • Regional sports trusts (Active Families and Green Prescription Programmes)
  • Schools

Career opportunities

  • Active Families or Green Prescription Coordinator
  • Active Schools facilitator
  • Community health development coordinator
  • Corporate health and wellness advisor
  • Health promotion officer
  • Physical activity coordinator
  • Researcher/academic

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.43pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.