Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 21 October

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
65
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

4.5 years minimum for students commencing in Sessions 2 or 3

4 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February, June
Course code
3207113
Course abbreviation
BExScPsychSc
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

From the elite athlete to the growing teenager, physical and mental health are essential to a balanced life. In this course you can immerse yourself in the psychology of what drives our behaviour and how this relates to sport and exercise.

Our accredited Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to movement, the interrelationships between health and disease, and the psychological basis of physical activity.

You will complete core units in exercise science including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control as well as core units in psychological science that include assessment, methodology and principles of behaviour. A range of elective subjects is also available.

Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional postgraduate training) and in careers that carry therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation, or within the education sector.

From the elite athlete to the growing teenager, physical and mental health are essential to a balanced life. In this course you can immerse yourself in the psychology of what drives our behaviour and how this relates to sport and exercise.

Our accredited Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to movement, the interrelationships between health and disease, and the psychological basis of physical activity.

You will complete core units in exercise science including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control as well as core units in psychological science that include assessment, methodology and principles of behaviour. A range of elective subjects is also available.

Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional postgraduate training) and in careers that carry therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation, or within the education sector.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

For units of study accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), recognition of prior learning (via advanced standing) cannot be granted for previous informal or non-formal learning, or for formal learning completed within a qualification lower than AQF level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

Exercise science: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control. 

Psychological science: assessment, methodology, principles of behaviour.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourSession  1, Session  2, Session  3
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3
LismoreSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourSession  1, Session  2$29,600 ($3,700 per unit)0102160
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$29,600 ($3,700 per unit)0102160
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Coffs Harbour
Session 3 November 2021
Gold Coast
Session 3 November 2021
Lismore
Session 3 November 2021

International students studying in Australia

Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
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Why choose SCU?

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Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the level of critical analysis, problem solving and decision making expected of professionals aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes.

Use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend, and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals.

Demonstrate innovative and creative responses and solutions to problems encountered by health professionals aligned with psychology and exercise science.

Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other research in psychology and exercise science.

Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, and intellectual engagement.

Demonstrate a knowledge of – and commitment to – social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with expectations of health professionals aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication).

Promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour.

Demonstrate an ability to understand industry best practice relating to psychology and exercise science.

Acquire an understanding of core topics in the disciplines of psychology and exercise science.

Manage personal and professional behaviour in response to the outcomes of self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in a changing healthcare environment.

Apply psychological principles to promote personal development in setting and achieving career and personal goals; incorporate feedback for improved performance; and purposefully evaluate the quality of one’s thinking (metacognition).

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of teamwork in health professions aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Write effectively in a variety of formats (e.g., essays, research proposals, reports using American Psychological Association conventions) and for a variety of purposes (e.g., informing, arguing).

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes.

Demonstrate an understanding of social and cultural issues (including prejudice, discrimination, and inequity) relative to the work of health professionals aligned with psychology and exercise science.

Recognise and respect social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and gender diversity.

Reflect on one’s experiences and learn from them in order to identify and articulate one’s personal, sociocultural, and professional values; demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles.


Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and might comprise a mix of laboratory-based and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, online discussion boards, field and investigation reports, as well as practical and written examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional training) or in careers that have therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation or counselling within schools and colleges.

A substantial range of career trajectories exists for graduates of this combined program. Many psychology graduates do not continue to work as clinical psychologists, however, with an advanced knowledge of exercise science in conjunction with psychological studies, graduates are well positioned to enter other careers with therapeutic connections to sport and exercise. This may be in the area of professional athlete counselling or perhaps situated outside of professional sports within schools and colleges.

Other career pathways include health management and guidance with relation to behaviour change and rehabilitation management following injury.

Professional placement

You will complete a 140-hour exercise science professional placement in the third year of the course. Placements might be in health and sporting centres, clubs, schools and academies or sport and recreation centres under professional supervision. As part of your professional placement you might assist personal trainers, health educators, strength and conditioning or sports coaches, sporting event coordinators or recreation officers. 

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites (e.g. a working with children check, immunisation and National Police Certificate). Before applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has qualifying accreditation from Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). All graduates may apply for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA and are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) and as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

Graduates may also choose to pursue further training to gain registration as a psychologist or as an accredited exercise physiologist.

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any 8 core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
HBIO1001Human Anatomy Note 1
PSYC1006Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Note 1
HBIO1007Human Physiology I Note 1
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology I
HBIO1008Human Physiology II Note 1
HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy Note 1
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health Note 1
PSYC1002Introduction to Psychology II
HBIO1006Human Growth, Development and Ageing Note 1
SCIN2002Mechanics for Movement Note 1
BUSN1001Management for Sport and Exercise Note 1
PSYC2004Development across the Lifespan
PSYC2003Exercise Psychology Note 1
SPRT2001Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Note 1
STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
HBIO2002Motor Control Note 1
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology Note 1
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology Note 1
HLTH3002Exercise Physiology and Prescription Note 1
HLTH2001Motor Learning Note 1
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology
SPRT3001Professional Preparation Note 1
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
SCIN3001Applied Biomechanics Note 1
PSYC3004Biological Psychology
PSYC3001Social Psychology
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Note 1
PSYC5001Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology Note 1
Elective Units
Three elective units from the University-wide offerings


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 1
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,3
Session1,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Lismore
Session1,3
Session1,3
PSYC1006Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology I
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Year 1, Session 2
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1007 - Human Physiology I OR Students in the 2125150 - Diploma of Health must have completed HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions and have completed or be currently enrolled in HBIO1005 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology
Anti-requisitesBIO00307 - Human Physiology
HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIO01302 Human Anatomy
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2,3
N/A
PSYC1002Introduction to Psychology II
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Year 2, Session 1
HBIO1006Human Growth, Development and Ageing
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
SCIN2002Mechanics for Movement
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisites HBIO2001 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
BUSN1001Management for Sport and Exercise
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
PSYC2004Development across the Lifespan
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Year 2, Session 2
PSYC2003Exercise Psychology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
SPRT2001Sports Conditioning and Training Methods
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesHBIO2001 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Enrolment informationStudents should have basic mathematical skills equivalent to Year 10 Maths. Students should have basic computer literacy and familiarity with a spreadsheet program, such as Excel.
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
Year 3, Session 1
HBIO2002Motor Control
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesBIO00307 - Human Physiology OR BOTH HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I AND HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II; AND HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy
HLTH2002Exercise Physiology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
Enrolment informationThe laboratory activities within this unit require students to fulfil certain vaccination compliance requirements prior to attending laboratory classes. As some vaccination protocols can take up to 5 months to complete, we encourage you to prepare now. Compliance requirements include SCU Vaccination requirements in accordance with state Health policies: NSW Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases; and QLD Health Vaccination Requirements. SCU has incorporated a combined NSW and QLD vaccination procedure as students may need to attend laboratory classes in both states. Full details of vaccination compliance requirements for this unit are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Introduction to Psychology I
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesBHS20008 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Year 3, Session 2
HLTH3002Exercise Physiology and Prescription
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesHLTH2002 - Exercise Physiology
Enrolment informationThe laboratory activities within this unit require students to fulfil certain vaccination compliance requirements prior to attending laboratory classes. As some vaccination protocols can take up to 5 months to complete, we encourage you to prepare now. Compliance requirements include SCU Vaccination requirements in accordance with state Health policies: NSW Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases; and QLD Health Vaccination Requirements. SCU has incorporated a combined NSW and QLD vaccination procedure as students may need to attend laboratory classes in both states. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements.
HLTH2001Motor Learning
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIO10493 Motor Control
PSYC3004Biological Psychology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
N/A
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Introduction to Psychology I AND must have completed or be currently enrolled in STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Elective
Year 4, Session 1
SPRT3001Professional Preparation
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesSPRT2001 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods ANDHLTH3002 - Exercise Physiology and Prescription
Anti-requisitesBUSN2001 - Professional Development for the Workplace
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements This is a final year unit involving an internship in the sport, health or fitness industry. To equip students for placement they must have completed a minimum of two years full-time or equivalent study in a relevant degree in the Faculty of Health.
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesBHS11001 Introduction to Psychology I AND STAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC5001Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesPSYC2003 - Exercise Psychology OR PSYC1006 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity OR be admitted to course: 1207247 - Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Elective
Year 4, Session 2
SCIN3001Applied Biomechanics
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement OR SCIN2002 - Mechanics for Movement AND BIO00209 Biomechanics and Kinesiology
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesPSYC1001 - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC3001Social Psychology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesSTAT2002 - Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 2
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2,3
N/A
Year 1, Session 3
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1007 - Human Physiology I OR Students in the 2125150 - Diploma of Health must have completed HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions and have completed or be currently enrolled in HBIO1005 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology
Anti-requisitesBIO00307 - Human Physiology
Year 2, Session 1
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,3
Session1,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Lismore
Session1,3
Session1,3
PSYC1006Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology I
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1

Year 2, Session 2

HBIO2001Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIO01302 Human Anatomy
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements
PSYC1002Introduction to Psychology II
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Year 3, Session 1
From Year 3, following the Session 1 Commencement course progression from Year 2

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 3
Complete one or both of the below units and then follow the course progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,3
Session1,3
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
Lismore
Session1,3
Session1,3
NUTR1001Food and Nutrition in Health
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2,3
N/A


Notes

Note 1: ESSA Accredited Unit

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