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Introduction to Body Composition Methods - EXSS1039

Year - 2020

Measurement or estimation of body composition is frequently undertaken in clinical practice, research studies and sports performance settings. An in depth understanding of the scientific rationale of body composition methodologies and their applications would assist exercise scientists and exercise physiologists to more capably support their clients. This unit would cover laboratory (e. g. air displacement plethysmography, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) and field methods (e. g. bioelectrical impedance analysis/spectroscopy and anthropometry) of body composition, body composition across the lifespan/gender differences/ethnicity differences, and body composition in health and disease. Anthropometry is the measurement of body dimensions, proportions and composition, and has particular application in health professions such as dietetics and sports science and will be a focus of this unit of study. Along with technical skills, students will also learn about uses and Interpretation of body composition data.

Classes
13 x 2 hour lectures, 6 x 2 hour practicals, 1x1 hour practical

Assessment
Quizzes (10%) mid-semester exam (20%), practical exam (20%) and final exam (50%)

Textbooks
Stewart A, Marfell-Jones M, Olds T and de Ridder H. (2011). International standards for Anthropometric Assessment.Lower Hutt New Zealand: International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. (Note: an update of this text is imminent)

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Exercise and Sport Science
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
Location
Camperdown
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