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Programme: BAHMSHons Biokinetics

Code Faculty
01240522 Faculty of Humanities
Credits Duration
Duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 149
Contact:
Dr K Nolte
[email protected]
+27 (0)124206047

Programme information

Closing date for applications: 31 August annually.

Admission to this degree programme is subject to selection. It is a full-time programme only, presented according to the minimum standards of the HPCSA and it is expected from students to:

  • attend a compulsory laboratory block of 1 month in January;
  • work as observers at an approved biokinetic centre during the week and to be involved in coaching and conditioning programmes (compulsory);
  • be part of the UP Trauma Unit that is responsible for first aid during sport events;
  • be dressed in an approved uniform at all times; and
  • sit for a final oral examination at the end of the academic year.

Admission requirements

- A bachelor’s degree with Human Movement Science as major or a bachelor’s honours degree with endorsement Sportsciences.

- Selection takes place on the basis of academic merit as reflected in the official academic record of the student.

- First selection takes place on the basis of all the years’ academic achievements in the Natural Sciences.

- A maximum of 21 students are selected per annum.

- The Department reserves the right to select less than 21 students should the academic performance of the applicants not be on standard. The standard is determined by the Selection Committee.

 

Other programme-specific information

If a second endorsement is obtained, only credit for NME 701 (Research methodology of sport and recreation) will be recognised.

Minimum credits: 149

Fundamental modules

  • Module content:

    *This module replaces MBK 714 and is only available to BA(HMS)(Hons) students specialising in biokenetics.
    After completion of this module the student will be educated in the following disciplines and will be able to apply them in practice: sport vision, podiatry, ethics and financial management.
    • Sport vision: The student will have a general knowledge regarding the different
      sport vision tests, the interpretation of the tests and the prescription of training
      programmes.
    • Podiatry: The student will have a general knowledge regarding gait analysis, the
      identification of different foot problems and the prescription of correct shoes and
      rehabilitation training programmes.
    • Ethics: The future and career opportunities in sport and biokinetics,
      sportsmanship, sport and ethics, sport and drugs, sport and technology.
    • Financial management: When the biokinetic student starts with a practice,
      he/she will become a businessman in the economic sector. This module will
      give general knowledge to the student regarding operations management,
      financial management and income tax that will be applicable in practice.

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  • Module content:

    In this module the focus will be on fundamental quantitative or experimental research methodology, and statistics. The student will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the module through a written theoretical examination, a research proposal, execution of the research proposal and writing a research report on the study executed, and presentation of the research report, including an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion, conclusion and recommendations.

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Core modules

  • Module content:

    The module examines exercise physiology from a biokinetics perspective and includes the normal and pathophysiology of bio-energetics, adaptation of the body systems, environmental influences, ergogenic aids and special considerations such as aging, gender, genetics and fatigue. (1 hour contact time per week with work assignments for the following week.)

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  • Module content:

    Biokinetics is the practical application of the biological contents that are discussed in other modules in the programme. It deals with preventive medicine, the rehabilitation of abnormal health situations as well as the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle after rehabilitation.  (3 hour contact time per week with work assignments for the following week.)

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  • Module content:

    The line of thought in exercise science is to include the basic principles of physiology and exercise science so that it is useful to both the sportsman as well as the person who exercises on a regular basis in the planning of exercise programmes for various sports or situations. (3 hour contact time per week with work assignments for the following week.)

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  • Module content:

    Nourishment is very important in the lifestyle of any people. Many problems that threaten the wellness of people arise from a lack of knowledge about nutrition. Nutrition is also very important in the preparation of sportsmen. In this module, the principles of nutrition are covered with specific approaches to work-like situations such as the ''sport diet'' and ''carboloading''.
    (1 hour contact time per week with work assignments for the following week.)

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The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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