Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The exercise and sport science profession encompasses a range of skills aimed at primarily creating a safe and effective exercise environment. This course will expose students to the broad nature of the exercise and sport science discipline and its career pathways and opportunities. Students will learn about the pre-exercise screening assessments and professional behaviours that are expected by Exercise and Sport Science Australia. Students will learn about the theory and application of health-related assessments and how to interpret the results. This course will introduce students to the concept of research in exercise and sport science, exploring both qualitative and quantitative data as well as how to source and differentiate between research information. By the end of the course, students will have developed a greater understanding of the exercise and sport science profession, undertake pre-exercise screening to stratify medical risks and develop an ability to access and interpret research within the discipline.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EXSS1010. Students who have successfully completed EXSS1010 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS1050.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the scope of practice for an exercise scientist, a sports scientist, and an exercise physiologist with respect to the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

2. Identify and critique common processes and equipment required to conduct accurate and safe health, exercise and sport-related assessments for various populations.

3. Explain the scientific rationale, purpose, reliability, validity, assumptions and limitations of common assessments, as well as the need for the calibration of equipment.

4. Describe the types and applications of qualitative and quantitative research study designs.

5. Access peer-reviewed scientific literature through appropriate databases and differentiate between high and lower quality sources of information to inform evidence-based practice.

6. Conduct appropriate pre-exercise procedures with respect to the Exercise and Sport Science Australia pre-exercise system.


  • Exercise and sport science professions and careers
  • Pre-exercise health screening
  • Fitness and health assessments
  • ESSA Code of Professional Conduction and Ethical Practice
  • Cultural competence within exercise and sport science
  • Data types and basic analysis
  • Sourcing and citing relevant literature


Students who have successfully completed EXSS1010 cannot enrol in EXSS1050

Assessment items

Quiz: Weekly online quizzes - 20%

Annotated Bibliography: Bibliography of primary and secondary information of a selected topic - 20%

Online Learning Activity: Workbook of activities relating to the weekly content - 40%

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Demonstration of competency in applying health screening and assessments - 20%

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of Workshops.

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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