Unit description

Introduces students to the science of sport and exercise and deals with the basic principles of communication, sports coaching and skill acquisition.

Unit content

Topic 1. Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science - careers and certification in sport and exercise science (inc ESSA accreditation, coaching and officiating)
Topic 2. Session Planning for good coaching practice and general coaching considerations
Topic 3. Teaching sport skills - introduction to skill acquisition - providing feedback, theories of learning, instruction/demonstration
Topic 4. Communication
Topic 5. Risk management
Topic 6. The science of sport and exercise
Topic 7. The role of sport and exercise in preventative health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Practical session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Attendance at laboratory classesSR
Beginning Coaching General Principles CertificationSR
Apply First Aid Certification with Current CPRSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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