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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

Intake1: 11 February 2019 to 08 November 2019

Duration:

Three years full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree has been designed to prepare graduates for a leadership career in the sport, recreation and fitness industry. The course of study includes foundation sports management and sport science papers. Additional papers in Years Two and Three of the course ensure subject specialisation with theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise provides students with independent educational abilities and professional skills which meet the needs of the sport and exercise industry and enable graduates to continually re-educate themselves through their working lives.

  • This is a top quality academic degree with the choice of majoring in Recreation Management, Exercise Science/Health Promotion or PE (Physical Education) Teaching
  • Papers include anatomy, physiology, exercise prescription, endurance conditioning, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychology, research, communication, business and marketing
  • Specialist equipment in our Human Performance Centre includes a VO2 metabolic cart and students get regular opportunities to test and work with top local athletes
  • Students gain work experience in their area of interest during a six month industry placement in the third year

Students select papers from the lists below. To meet requirements for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, students may choose up to a maximum of 150 credits at level 5, plus a minimum of 210 credits at Levels 6 and 7, with a minimum of 90 credits at level 7. Electives may be taken from this or another programme.

Year One

GEN100 Introduction to Academic Skills

This paper aims to provide students with an introduction to academic writing and presentation requirements for degree level study. It will provide students with the necessary skills to support their learning in other papers in the areas of writing, communicating, and presenting. The use of relevant technology in academic study for both delivery of information and as a source of information is also an element of this paper.

SE5101 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition

Develops an understanding of the relationship between physical activity, health and nutrition across the lifespan. Nutritional aspects related to health and exercise for the general population and special population groups will be investigated. This paper will further examine body composition, sound nutrition, weight control and nutrition for exercise.

SE5102 Exercise Prescription

Provides students with an understanding of safe and appropriate exercises for clients in a fitness centre environment. The focus will be on resistance training. Students will make use of movement analysis to enhance their understanding of resistance training exercises. Knowledge gained through active participation in fitness centre programmes will result in students being able to prescribe exercise programmes to assist in the improvement of flexibility, strength and weight control.

SE5103 Applied Anatomy

Students will develop an understanding of human body structure. The paper promotes integration of anatomy, kinesiology, biophysics, and biomechanics with reference to the musculoskeletal system.

SE5104 Physiology

Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of physiology as they relate to the human body. They will be able to describe the biology and chemistry of the cell and tissues, and the systemic and inter-systemic functions, their response to exercise, which will provide a sound theoretical foundation for further studies in pathology and abnormal physiology.

SE5105 Managing Sport and Leisure

Develops an understanding of the sport/leisure industry in New Zealand and provides students with the opportunity to manage leisure events. Students will explore historical, political and economic influences on leisure. The role of public and private providers of sport and leisure will be investigated. Students will discuss the factors affecting the sport and leisure industry including marketing strategies and management features. An understanding of programming and participation in event management form the practical aspects to this paper.

SE5106 Sport in Society

Develops an understanding of society and its relationship with sport. Students will examine the place of sport in the context of different subgroups in New Zealand society and society in general. Students have the opportunity to study theories of play and recreation and develop their own philosophy. Students will also have the opportunity to further their understanding in a selected area.

SE5108 Sport Pedagogy

Introduces students to the fundamentals of effective teaching and coaching. The paper will provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge of a range of sporting and recreational activities. A wide range of sports, recreational and cultural activities will be included. Sessions will include a selection of sports, effective teaching and coaching strategies, session planning, motor skill learning, sports performance, dance and Te Reo Kori.

SE5109 Aquatics

Extends students' practical knowledge and skill competence in water based activities. A range of water sports will be covered and may include activities such as water polo, surfing, snorkelling, underwater hockey, canoe polo and sailing/windsurfing. Water safety, managing risks in water activities, swimming technique, swimming performance and life guarding skills will form the central focus for this paper.

SE5110 Conditioning for Endurance Sport

By using endurance as a focus, students will learn and experience what it is like to be involved in endurance sports. Students will examine nutrition, training for endurance, programme preparation, programme periodisation, first aid and event safety, as they prepare for their active participation in endurance activities. Skills such as mountain biking, flat water kayaking, off-road running and road biking form the practical basis of this paper.

SE5111 Coaching Internship

Students undertake a coaching internship. Students will negotiate the internship, establish a contact with stakeholder participate, participate in coaching and reflect. The paper encourages positive, self-motivating, reflective behaviour and close relationship all stakeholders.

SE5243 Mountain based Recreation - Rock/Alpine

Introduces students to top-rope rock climbing, setting-up of anchors and abseiling skills on single-pitch crags. Students will travel above the bush line and experience alpine environments. Students will review and discuss literature related to outdoor recreation, challenge and adventure. The paper aims to equip students with the technical skills that can be used to build an experience base for industry outdoor instructor qualifications.

Elective 1

Elective 2

Year Two

GEN200 Research and Statistics

Prepares students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship. Students will be introduced to several approaches to research, both qualitative and quantitative. Students will also be assisted to develop skills as a beginning researcher.

SE6201 Biophysical Foundation of Human Movement

This paper builds on Applied Anatomy and Physiology in year one. The study of body systems and the application of biochemical and microbiologic processes to normal body function is continued. An introduction to sport medicine is included with practical application of strapping techniques.

SE6202 Management for Professional Practice

Provides the basic principles of management and leadership as they pertain to applied recreation settings. This paper recognises that students will work as part of an interdisciplinary team with both licensed and unlicensed personnel.

SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming

Provides students with physiological knowledge, skills and understanding to carry out effective lifestyle assessment and physical activity programming for the general population. The focus of this paper will be on assessing individual needs and designing appropriate exercise programmes. Special considerations will be examined e.g. pregnancy, back problems and cardiac rehabilitation. Related aspects including behaviour change and exercise adherence will also be covered.

SE6245 Nutrition for Human Performance

Examines the management of nutrition for sports performance, exercise and weight control. Issues related to measurement, analysis and professional practice are central to this paper.

SE6247 Psychology in Sport, Health and Education

Introduces students to developmental psychology, health psychology and psychology related to human performance. The paper will examine social development and cognition across the lifespan, learning and social theory, healthy behaviour, psychopathology, exercise psychology and an introduction to psychology in sport. The role of psychology will be examined to understand physical activity determinants and strategies to achieve behaviour change.

SE6248 Exercise Physiology

Provides students with physiological knowledge, skills and understanding which underpin current theories and practice of training for performance and health. The focus of this paper will be to examine the physiological basis of training by evaluation and application of scientific research to training theory. The measurement of many of the parameters of fitness will allow students to evaluate fitness and thus allow effective training protocols to be prescribed.

SE6282 Programming Outdoor Education

Develops an understanding of programming theory and promotes an awareness of outdoor education. There will be a focus on programme planning, risk management, team building and personal development. Components important to programme planning include: knowledge about theories of learning applied to outdoor settings, the learning process and the role of the outdoor recreation practitioner in this process, assessment, activity analysis, developmental and age appropriate activities, adaptations and modifications, risk management and evaluation. Practical classes may include activities such as: challenge ropes course, bush navigation, abseiling, tramping, climbing, caving, kayaking and cycling. Students will plan and undertake an outdoor journey.

Elective 3

Elective 4

Year Three

SE7300 Industry and Research Internship 1

Provides the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and gain industry experience within a sport and leisure organisation. The cooperative experience is structured to allow the student to critically reflect on the relationship between academic studies and practice and to develop the capabilities of teamwork and problem solving. Students will prepare a proposal for an industry related project which will be research orientated and beneficial to the organisation.

SE7301 Industry and Research Internship 2

Provides an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and gain further industry experience with the organisation selected in SE7300. The cooperative experience is structured to allow the student to critically reflect on the relationship between academic studies and practice and to develop the capabilities of teamwork and problem solving. Students will complete an industry related project which will be research orientated and beneficial to the organisation. Students will advance their research presentation skills.

SE7330 Marketing and Economics in the Leisure Industry

Develops a broad understanding of economic and marketing principles for application to business/leisure services. This paper will enable the student to understand the economic issues central to an organisation’s activity and decision making. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding which is needed to assess a service, budget, promotion and sponsorship options and to make marketing mix recommendations for specific markets.

SE7331 Applied Sport and Leisure Management

Students will examine event and human resource management. They will plan for and carry out a specific project or event. This paper will develop knowledge of the New Zealand industrial relations system and apply public relations and management theory to the sport/leisure environment. By use of the ‘case study’ system, the paper will enable students to apply theory to practical aspects of leisure management and leisure promotion.

SE7340 Applied Human Movement

The physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underlying the analysis of movement will provide the central focus for this paper. Skill analysis through technology enhances student understanding of human movement.

SE7341 Applied Sport Science

Extends students' knowledge in sports performance, training strategy, testing, technology and sports nutrition. Students will gain practical experience by investigating studies in sport science and by participating in practical field experiences. Current material will be critically analysed, debated and discussed.

SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy

Investigates current issues of exercise, health physiology and health promotion. The emphasis is on the application of physiological knowledge to the health benefits of regular physical activity and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases. Physical activity promotion will be investigated and the students will evaluate a community programme which aims to increase the physical activity levels of a special population group-pregnancy (ante-natal and post partum),hypertension, cardiac respiratory disease, asthma sufferers, ageing, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus, etc. Students will examine mainstream approaches to the management of pathological conditions and examine the use of green prescription.

SE7343 Exercise Rehabilitation

The treatment of injury in the final phase of recovery is often neglected in the rehabilitation process. The paper will analyse common sports injuries and establish procedures to ensure a full and balanced recovery for the client. Recovery from orthopaedic injury and cardio-vascular disease will also be examined.

SE7344 Applied Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education

Examines good teaching practice and its application to sports coaching and teaching physical education in schools. Teaching methods will be examined and evidenced based research in pedagogy will be critically analysed. The New Zealand Physical Education / Health curriculum will be introduced and linked unit / lesson plans developed. Students will develop skills through practical fieldwork, analysis, observation, planning, reflection and peer teaching / coaching.

Elective 5

Elective 6

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

SIT's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise is a smart choice! With no tuition fees and direct material costs of just $1175 per year (GST inclusive), over three years you'll pay around $3525, saving around $16,000* - all while gaining a high quality education and internationally recognised degree.

International Fees can be found here.

(*Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2019 costs.)

There are three pathways students can take within the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise:

Physical Education Teaching / Coaching

This pathway is designed for people wishing to coach or move into Physical Education and Health teaching in secondary schools. The pathway provides an in depth background in exercise science, health, and physical activity. The pathway essentially develops skills in pedagogy which are applicable to teaching and coaching environments. Candidates completing the Physical Education Teaching pathway will study:

  • SE6248 Exercise Physiology
  • SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming
  • SE6247 Psychology
  • SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy and/or SE73341 Applied Sport Science
  • SE7344 Applied Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education

Exercise Science / Health Promotion

 This pathway is suited to students interested in sport sciences, conditioning, rehabilitation and health promotion. Candidates completing the Exercise Science/Health Promotion pathway will study:

  • SE6248 Exercise Physiology
  • SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming
  • SE7341 Applied Sports Science
  • SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy

Sport and Leisure Management

 This pathway is designed for students interested in opportunities such as event and facility management, sports coordinators in schools or sports associations, and recreation planners in local government, funding agencies, and sports groups. Students also complete papers aligned to the teaching pathway to develop necessary people skills and to experience a broad range of exercise and leisure activities. 

Candidates completing the Sport and Leisure Management pathway will study:

  • SE6202 Management for Professional Practice
  • SE6282 Programming Outdoor Education
  • SE7330 Marketing and Economics in the Leisure Industry
  • SE7331 Applied Sport and Leisure Management

School Aged Leavers

University Entrance

NCEA Level 3
Three subjects at Level 3 or above made up of the following:

  • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects. 
  • Literacy, 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing.
  • Numeracy, 10 credits at Level 1 or above made up of achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects or unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627.  All three required.

Notwithstanding the stated criteria, applicants will be considered where they can demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme. This includes commitment to a sporting code and/or recent experience working in a sport and exercise related capacity in a sports related business or gym. 

Applicants over the age of 20 years

Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. This includes successful completion of a programme of study at Level 4 or above and/or commitment to a sporting code and/or recent experience working in a sport and exercise related capacity in a sports related business or gym.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency  Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS Test: Academic  Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: PToE Academic with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or passed one of the English language tests listed above.

To satisfactorily complete and be awarded the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise a student must achieve a minimum of 360 credits in accordance with the Programme Schedule for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.

  • a minimum of 210 credits at the NZQA  6 and 7 level
  • a minimum of  90 credits at the 7 level 
  • a maximum of 150 credits at the 5 level

Candidates completing the Physical Education Teaching pathway shall include

SE6248 Exercise Physiology

SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming

SE6247 Psychology

SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy and/or SE73341 Applied Sport Science

SE7344 Applied Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education

Candidates completing the Exercise Science/Health Promotion pathway shall include

SE6248 Exercise Physiology

SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming

SE7341 Applied Sports Science

SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy

Candidates completing the Sport and Leisure Management pathway shall include

SE6202 Management for Professional Practice

SE6282 Programming Outdoor Education

SE7330 Marketing and Economics in the Leisure Industry

SE7331 Applied Sport and Leisure Management

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