UFH Department of Human Movement Science

UFH Department of Human Movement Science

UFH Department of Human Movement Science – See details below:

What is Human Movement Science?

Human Movement Science (HMS) is the scientific study of the human body in movement, whether it is through recreational-, sport- or physical activity.  The World Health Organisation (2006) outlined the importance of physical activity to reduce risk factors, raise awareness and common understanding in society on the benefits of physical activity and healthy diet, and most importantly to strengthen the human resources needed in this domain.  Sport, recreational- and physical activity are increasingly important elements of development programs around the world, contributing to the well being, health and education, leadership development and ethical conduct among children, young people and communities. The United Nations (2008) has recognized sport and recreational activity as a fundamental right and sport and physical activity is also recognized as an effective means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) (UN, 2008).

The HMS curriculum includes subjects such as human physiology and -anatomy, motor leaning and – development, biomechanics, sport management, exercise physiology and -science. Graduates with a HMS degree will be able to address national and international challenges ranging from applying scientific principles for improving sport performance to physical and recreational activity for general health benefits.

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Vision and mission

Vision

To be a department that strives towards innovative teaching and excellence in research, that is relevant to the local and international community.

Mission

The mission of the Human Movement Science (HMS) Department is to provide high quality education that meets the national and international standards which will contribute towards the advancement of knowledge in sport science that can be applied to the development of the individual, community, national and international society.

Underlying this mission:

  • To create an enabling environment that unlocks the potential of HMS students through physical activity and applying this to everyday life
  • To create an environment where staff can reach their full academic potential and grow as educators using innovative teaching techniques
  • To contribute to the health and well being of our university, the community and nation as a whole.
  • To contribute in creative and relevant research of national and international standards, that will focus on relevant needs of for the promotion of health wellbeing and competitive sport environment.
  • To stay in close collaborations with provincial and national sporting bodies so as to assist them with highly skilled coaches, physical educators and sport scientists.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate degrees in Human Movement Science

Bachelor of Heath Sciences in Human Movement Science (BHS in HMS 40005)

Admission requirements

Qualification Subject requirements Level of achievements Total points Credits
Bachelor of health sciences in HMS (40002)             English 3(40 – 49%) 24/25 20
Mathematics or

Mathematical Literacy

3 (40-49%)

4 (50 – 59%)

20

20

Life Orientation and any other 4 subjects 3 (40-  49%)

4 (50 – 59%)

4 (50 – 59%)

4 (50 – 59%)

4 (50 – 59%)

10

20

20

20

20

Curriculum outline

1st year

Module code Module description Credit value
HUS 111 Foundations of Human Movement Science 16
HUS 112 Anatomy and movement 16
HUS 121 Motor Development 16
HUS 122 Physiology 16
ESP 111 Reading, writing, listening, speaking English 16
ESP 112 Reading, writing, listening, speaking English 16
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology I 16
PSY 122 Introduction to Psychology II 16

 2nd year

Module code Module description Credit value
HUS 211 Recreation and sport management 16
HUS 212 Exercise Physiology I 16
HUS 213 Anthropometry 16
HUS 221 Motor Learning 16
HUS 222 Exercise Physiology I 16
HUS 223 Sport Injuries and Nutrition 16
PSY 211 Personality Interpretation 16
PSY 222 Developmental Psychology 16

3rd year

Module code Module description Credit value
HUS 311 Sport Psychology and coaching 16
HUS 312 Exercise Science I 16
HUS 313 Evaluation methods for sport and Physical activity 16
HUS 321 Research methods in Sport and Physical activity 16
HUS 322 Exercise Science II 16
HUS 323 Biomechanics 16
PSY 311 Psychopathology and counselling psychology 16

 

Honours

BA Human Movement Studies Honours (810001) (Title change to “Bachelor of Health Science in Human Movement Science” pending end of 2011)

Curriculum outline

Module code Module description Credit value
HUS 511 Exercise physiology and sport science 16
HUS 512 Anthropometry 16
HUS 513 Research methods in sport and exercise 16
HUS 514 Analysis of movement in sport and exercise 16
HUS 521 Motor control and human development 16
HUS 522 Sport psychology 16
HUS 523 Sport management 16
HUS 524 Mini dissertation. 30

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