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Unit description

Provides an opportunity for students to accumulate required work experience, and apply their knowledge and understanding of the principles of Exercise and Sport Science as they relate to apparently healthy individuals. Students must complete their practicum experience in an exercise science related discipline for the purpose of attaining competency in exercise assessment, prescription and delivery. This unit fulfils a major component of the practicum requirements that must be successfully completed to be an Exercise Scientist as outlined by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Unit content

  • Professional conduct and ethical practice.
  • Evidenced-based practice
  • Exercise science graduate attributes
  • Exercise science placement competencies
  • Exercise assessment, delivery and prescription case studies
  • Group exercise programming and instruction
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the practicum placement requirements Knowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate an understanding of the scope of practice, professional code of conduct and ethical practice for an exercise science professionalKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skillsCommunication and social skills
4apply specialist knowledge and evidence-based practice to prescribe and deliver safe and effective health/exercise/sports interventions for apparently healthy individualsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5assess the best evidence to support the development of short and long-term exercise programsCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6construct and evaluate a group-based exercise session for a distinct group of clients with health, fitness and sports performance goalsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
7critically appraise own performance with host organisation.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the practicum placement requirements
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the scope of practice, professional code of conduct and ethical practice for an exercise science professional
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. apply specialist knowledge and evidence-based practice to prescribe and deliver safe and effective health/exercise/sports interventions for apparently healthy individuals
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. assess the best evidence to support the development of short and long-term exercise programs
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. construct and evaluate a group-based exercise session for a distinct group of clients with health, fitness and sports performance goals
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  7. critically appraise own performance with host organisation.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 140 hours (As organised)
Assessment
Placement induction quizSR
Essay25%
Practical Assessment25%
Practical skills50%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 140 hours (As organised)
Assessment
Placement induction quizSR
Essay25%
Practical Assessment25%
Practical skills50%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 140 hours (As organised)
Assessment
Placement induction quizSR
Essay25%
Practical Assessment25%
Practical skills50%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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