Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists

Course code SPOR2070Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course prepares students for their first work experience in the Exercise & Sport Science industry. The course addresses the theory on professional skills needed in the industry. It will introduce careers in Exercise & Sport 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 populations.

SPOR2070 is compulsory for Exercise Science Sequence.

This course has Compulsory Course Components. Students are required to have the following:
1. must have a current vaccination record; and
2. are required to demonstrate practical and theoretical competency in professional skills by obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in the pre-placement examination.

Not available in 2015

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 sport 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 sport science setting;
6.Demonstrate safe and appropriate practices in the use and maintenance of exercise and sport 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 & Sport 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 sport science equipment and devices;
- Communication skills and conventions, including written, oral and nonverbal communication and team work;
- Professional development and careers in Exercise & Sport Science;
- Job application strategies
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPOR1010, SPOR2010, SPOR2020, SPOR2030 and SPOR2050.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Field Study
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)- Assessment of competencies
Contact HoursLecture: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Field Study: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 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 ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of SPOR2010, SPOR2030 and SPOR2050 and current vaccination record.