Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
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14th Feb 2016 11:30am
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 3 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
This program will produce graduates ready to practice in the field after three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time).The degree program has been designed to provide sound theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills for exercise testing and prescription for the purpose of improving sport performance and for general health. Students will be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry. Through our professional placement program students can apply for placements with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals. The placements provide students with valuable practical experience, an insight into career prospects, and opportunities to start building networks in the industry.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Most exercise and sport science courses in the program include laboratory classes during which students will learn the practical skills needed in the profession. To safely and competently participate in these classes students will be required to have completed their First Aid & CPR qualifications by the end of their first year. Completion of the First Aid & CPR qualifications is a milestone for enrolment in EXSS2010.Students will also be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry through the second and third year placement courses (EXSS2070 and EXSS3040). To be able to go on placement, students will need to have completed police records checks, working with children checks and immunisation requirements. Students are encouraged to complete these requirements throughout their first year of study as the immunisation process may take up to 6 months. Meeting these requirements is a milestone for enrolment in EXSS2070.
First Aid Certificate
To be obtained by the end of first year.
Working With Children Check
To be obtained by the end of first year.
National Police Certificate
To be obtained by the end of first year.
To be obtained by the end of first year.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia
Graduates of the Exercise and Sport Science program will be eligible to apply for membership of the professional organisation, the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), as an Exercise Scientist.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The program is undertaken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Each course is equivalent to 10 units. The program consists of:
- 230 units of core courses; and
- 10 units of electives (chosen from all available courses offered by the University).
- No more than 100 units can be taken at 1000 level, overall.
To be able to safely and competently participate in laboratory exercises students are required to successfully complete both EXSS2010 and EXSS2050 before enrolling in EXSS3010 or EXSS3050. EXSS2010 and EXSS2050 can be taken concurrently.
This program contains two placement courses. The first placement course EXSS2070 contains essential material on professional conduct. Students will not be able to enrol in the second placement course (EXSS3040) without successful completion of EXSS2070.
A revision of the program was undertaken in 2013, and changes to the program were implemented for 2014. Continuing students who commenced the program prior to 2014, and who are studying a full time study load and intend to complete the program in 2015 or prior, will remain in the pre-2014 program structure. Continuing students who commenced the program in 2013, and who are studying a part time study load and intend to complete the program in 2016 or later, may be eligible to transition to the revised 2014 structure and are encouraged to seek independent enrolment and transition advice from the Program Officer.
Students who commenced prior to 2010 will have received individual transition and enrolment advice. These students should contact the Program Officer or Program Convenor if any clarification on individual transition arrangements is required.
|BIOL1040||Introduction to Biology I||10 units|
|EXSS1010||Foundations of Exercise & Sport Science||10 units|
|EXSS1040||Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science||10 units|
|FSHN1030||Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness||10 units|
|HUBS1108||Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry||10 units|
|HUBS1418||Human Physiology for Exercise Science||10 units|
|PHYS1150||Everyday Physics||10 units|
|PSYC1030||General Psychology||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|EXSS2010||Exercise Physiology||10 units|
|EXSS2030||Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology||10 units|
|EXSS2050||Exercise Testing and Prescription||10 units|
|EXSS2060||Motor Control||10 units|
|EXSS2070||Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists||10 units|
|EXSS2080||Growth, Development and Ageing||10 units|
|EXSS3010||Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription||10 units|
|EXSS3030||Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport||10 units|
|EXSS3040||Professional Placement in Exercise and Sports Science||10 units|
|EXSS3050||Advanced Exercise Physiology||10 units|
|EXSS3060||Advanced Biomechanics||10 units|
|EXSS3070||Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition||10 units|
|FSHN3100||Research Methods||10 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.
For more information about the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) program, please follow the link below:http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-exercise-and-sport-science-honours/handbook
Program Learning Outcomes
- In-depth knowledge and skills in Exercise and Sport Scienc: A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition.
- In-depth knowledge and skills in Exercise and Sport Science: Well founded knowledge of Exercise and Sport Science in general and in particular, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology and motor control and learning.
- In-depth knowledge and skills in Exercise and Sport Science: Able to design, implement and evaluate exercise intervention strategies in order to enhance physical performance and/or health.
- In-depth knowledge and skills in Exercise and Sport Science: Able to quantitatively measure the component demands of a sport or discipline in a field of exercise and sport science including the ability to select, calibrate and operate appropriate instruments.
- Ability to interpret scientific information: Able to effectively collect, analyse, critically review and organise information.
- Ability to interpret scientific information: Able to interpret quantitative measures of exercise and sport performance and understand their application.
- Ability to interpret scientific information: A commitment to best practice based upon scientific evidence.
- Problem solving and critical judgement: Able to define and analyse problems.
- Problem solving and critical judgement: Able to evaluate opinions, make decisions, and think critically.
- Effective communication and professional skills: An ability to acquire, comprehend and disseminate science information to general and specialist audiences, in both written and/or oral forms.
- Effective communication and professional skills: Ability to work towards an objective, both independently and collaboratively, and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Professional Accreditation Requirements (Exercise Scientist sequence only): Possess an awareness of the legal and ethical implications of professional Exercise and Sport Science practice in accordance with the charter and Code of Conduct of the ESSA and NHMRC guidelines.
- Professional Accreditation Requirements (Exercise Scientist sequence only): Ability to apply logic and statistical principles.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Students who have impaired function in their hands, arms, legs, back, vision or hearing, will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such disabilities to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue. ESSA may not offer accreditation to a disabled student who cannot demonstrate practical competency in performing exercise tests safely.