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The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition emphasises the link between exercise, physical activity and good nutrition to promote optimum health and human performance; it could be described as the ‘wellness’ degree.
The course provides a comprehensive picture of the human body, from the chemical and biochemical aspects, to the muscles and nervous system.
The important relationship between regular physical activity and good nutrition for healthy growth and development throughout life is a fundamental one, the importance of which is becoming increasingly recognised by health practitioners and members of the general public. This increased awareness has expanded employment opportunities in exercise science and related health fields.
Graduates may be employed in the private and public sectors. Exercise and sport scientists provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise for a diverse range of individuals and groups, from the general population through to elite athletes.
Graduates gain work as personal trainers and fitness consultants, health educators, rehabilitation consultants, development officers with amateur and professional sporting organisations, strength and conditioning coaches, program staff at sport and recreation centres, and activity officers at leisure resorts.
With further postgraduate study, graduates can become dietitians, sports nutritionists, physiotherapists, or Accredited Exercise Physiologists (following completion of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at SCU).
The degree produces graduates who meet the professional requirements for registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as exercise scientists.
Graduating students also meet the requirements of the Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) coaching accreditation. They are then eligible to register as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
In addition, graduates may be eligible to apply for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’ with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Students complete a three-week internship of their choice during their third year of study. This placement normally occurs during the breaks between teaching sessions. The experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in a professional setting, giving students an experience in a real workplace which helps them prepare for a career as an exercise scientist or health and fitness consultant.
There are no majors. Subjects studied cover areas such as human anatomy and physiology, sports conditioning and training methods, motor control, biomechanics and kinesiology, exercise physiology and psychology, human growth, development and ageing, and food and nutrition.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition a total of 288 credit points (usually 24 units) must be completed.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
3 years full-time*; 6 years part-time
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On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions, field experience, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Assessment items vary from unit to unit and generally comprise a mix of laboratory-based and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
SCU provides students with contemporary well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Modern audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Specialist facilities for exercise science and nutrition include fully equipped and up-to-date dedicated scientific laboratories for wet and dry anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, strength and conditioning, and a multi-purpose sports hall and weight training gymnasium.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
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Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Requirements for an Award