Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists

Description

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 and 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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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 and 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 OHS 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.

Content

Topics addressed include:

  • Professional code of conduct and obligations - Cultural, gender, privacy, confidentiality, socio-economic, medico-legal and child protection issues;
  • Occupational Health and 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): . Students who have successfully completed are not eligible to enrol in EXSS2070.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree program. Pre-requisite - successful completion EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, EXSS2030 or SPOR2030 and EXSS2050 or SPOR2050

Assumed Knowledge

EXSS2070 has course prerequisites. Students must successfully complete EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, EXSS2030 or SPOR2030 and EXSS2050 or SPOR2050 before the can enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Practical Skills Assessment *

In Term Test: Class Exams

Written Assignment: Essays - Risk Assessment and Placement Report *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to demonstrate theoretical competency in professional skills by obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in the pre-placement examination.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Laboratory for 2 hours per day for 4 days, 4 hours per day for 1 day (over 1 week).

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Lecture for 3 Hours per day for 4 days (over 1 week).

Practicum

Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Term

Practicum involves work placement.