Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists

Course code EXSS2070Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course prepares students for their first work experience in the Exercise and Sports Science industry. The course addresses the theory on professional skills needed in the industry. It will introduce careers in Exercise and Sports Science and job application strategies. Other important topics that will be addressed are professional conduct, confidentiality and privacy issues, occupational health & safety and risk assessments. The course will address essential competencies that will have to be met before placement work can commence. The course includes 40 hours of work experience in exercise testing and prescription for apparently healthy, athletic or clinical populations. It is recommended that students complete their exercise testing and prescription work experience with apparently healthy populations, particularly if they do not have experience working with this population.

This course has Compulsory Course Components. Students are required to have the following:
1. must have a current vaccination record, Criminal Record Check, Prohibited Employment Declaration;
2. are required to demonstrate practical and theoretical competency in professional skills by obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in both the pre-placement examination and competency assessment;
3. successfully complete 40 hours of work placement.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to write a job application, including curriculum vitae, outlining academic qualifications, generic and specific skills pertinent to an exercise and sports science professional, relevant work-related experience;
2. Demonstrate professional behaviour in actions, attitudes and demeanour at all times consistent with the Code of Conduct for Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA);
3. Understand cultural, gender-related, privacy, confidentiality, socio-economic, medico-legal and child protection issues;
4. Demonstrate the ability to obtain informed and valid consent from a client; determine a client's motives for engaging in exercise-related behaviour change; and safely and effectively supervise a client during exercise;
5. Understand the importance of OH&S issues and demonstrate the ability to conduct an appropriate risk assessment within an exercise and sports science setting;
6.Demonstrate safe and appropriate practices in the use and maintenance of exercise and sports science equipment and devices.
7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the public in a professional manner consistent with the Code of Conduct for ESSA;
8. Be able to reflect on, and apply practically what has been learnt theoretically within the Exercise and Sports Science program;
9. Have completed 40 hours of relevant work experience with apparently healthy populations.
ContentTopics addressed include:
- Professional code of conduct and obligations - Cultural, gender, privacy, confidentiality, socio-economic, medico-legal and child protection issues;
- Occupational Health & Safety and Risk Assessments of venue/environment, equipment and workplace procedures;
- Safe and appropriate practices in the use and maintenance of exercise and sports science equipment and devices;
- Communication skills and conventions, including written, oral and nonverbal communication and team work;
- Professional development and careers in Exercise and Sports Science;
- Job application strategies
Replacing Course(s)SPOR2070 Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists
TransitionCannot be counted for credit with SPOR2070 Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEXSS2070 has course prerequisites. Students must successfully complete EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, EXSS2030 or SPOR2030 and EXSS2050 or SPOR2050 before the can enrol in this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Practicum
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassThis is a compulsory course component. Students are required to demonstrate theoretical competency in professional skills by obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in the pre-placement examination. This component is directly linked to course objectives 2 to 7.
Those who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
In the event of a successful appeal the student will be given a supplementary assessment to determine whether the student has satisfied the compulsory course component.
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Assessment of Competency - This is a compulsory course component. Students are required to demonstrate practical competency in professional skills by obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in the pre-placement competency assessment. This component is directly linked to course objectives 2 to 7.
Those who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
In the event of a successful appeal the student will be given a supplementary assessment to determine whether the student has satisfied the compulsory course component.
Practicum/PlacementThis is a compulsory course component. Students are required to successfully complete 40 hours of work placement in exercise testing and prescription. This component is linked to course objectives 2 to 7 and directly linked to course objectives 8 and 9.
Those who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
In the event of a successful appeal the student will be given a supplementary assessment to determine whether the student has satisfied the compulsory course component.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Practicum: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree program.
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Criminal Record Check, Current vaccination record and Prohibited Employment Declaration.
Requisite by EnrolmentEXSS2070 has course prerequisites. Students must successfully complete EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, EXSS2030 or SPOR2030 and EXSS2050 or SPOR2050 before the can enrol in this course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EXSS2070