Teaching labs

All courses in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences have a large practical component. While your theory-based classes take place in lecture theatres, hands-on classes take advantage of our world-class teaching labs.


Exercise physiology labs

Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses

Choose a course in exercise and sport science at Deakin and you'll be a frequent visitor to our exercise physiology labs.

They house state-of-the-art testing equipment, including metabolic gas analysers to assess maximal oxygen uptake, blood sampling devices to detect threshold parameters, and bikes that measure power output.

You'll also be able to explore the effect of physical activity on the body from a biological and anatomical perspective.

Topics you'll cover in the labs include:

  • the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to normal and abnormal human movement
  • the metabolic responses to exercise and how to regulate them
  • the roles and responsibilities of practising clinical exercise physiologists.

Biomechanics labs

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Like most facilities in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, our biomechanics labs are used by both undergraduates and researchers.

This close relationship means our undergrad course material is always up to date with the latest discoveries from Deakin and beyond.

With our state-of-the-art equipment you'll analyse the techniques used by athletes and find ways to improve their performance.

Research-grade force platforms, motion analysis systems and portable device technologies that collect biomechanical and muscle activity information are all present in these spaces and used within the teaching programs.

You'll also study the mechanics of movement for the aged or those with physical disability.

Strength and conditioning labs

Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses

If you're considering a career in physiotherapy, coaching or personal training, you'll develop many of the skills you need in our strength and conditioning labs.

Here you'll focus on the professional practice of fitness testing, exercise prescription, supervision and communication.

Our strength and conditioning equipment is similar to that of professional sporting organisations. This includes commercial-grade gym equipment, speed and power testing equipment and state-of-the-art exercise prescription software to aid in athlete preparation and monitoring.

You'll also learn how to create and deliver individualised programs for professional and hobbyist athletes.

Anatomy and physiology lab

Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses

Practical classes and tests for the Human Structure and Function unit are carried out in our anatomy and physiology lab.

Through interactive models and dissection exercises you'll examine the organisation of the body, including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, urinary and immune systems.

Food and nutrition labs

Melbourne Burwood campus

Students studying the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences have access to a number of high-quality, innovative nutrition labs (also used by our researchers and postgrad students).

These include the brand new Centre for Advance Sensory Science (CASS) and a food science laboratory.

These facilities mirror those used in the food industry, exposing you to real-life practices and procedures. You'll develop highly applicable skills, increasing your employment opportunities.

Learn more about CASS