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CG85 - Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences aims to produce scholarly and autonomous graduates who are reflective professionals, ready for work, and possess the ability to take responsibility for their personal and professional development. The course comprises of 24 units in total and as a student, you will complete 18 core units plus 6 additional units in one of the three minors (Biomedical Sciences, Sport Management, or Secondary Education minor).

Through the Exercise and Sport Sciences course you will gain in-depth knowledge of the processes and mechanisms of the human body, and sound practical skills in the various disciplines relevant to exercise and sport sciences such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology, motor control and learning, and exercise prescription and delivery. You will also be given opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills through laboratory activities, research projects, and work integrated learning experiences that are offered throughout the course.

The knowledge and skills you gain through the Exercise and Sport Sciences course will enable you to practice competently and effectively within the field of exercise and sports science. These attributes will also see you well-placed to undertake further studies at an Honours or Postgraduate level.

Career Information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences degree from CQUniversity have the expertise to enter a wide range of relevant employment fields throughout Australia and overseas. Employment opportunities exist in regional and state sporting organisations, corporate health and fitness, government agencies associated with exercise, sport, physical activity and health, sports institutes and academies, professional sports training, coaching and development, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, private business in personal training and rehabilitation, and in universities and colleges with involvement in education and research. Many others have also completed their course (degree) and directly entered into further study in exercise and sport science, physiotherapy, medicine and nutrition.

Students wishing to pursue a career as a secondary school physical education teacher are recommended to complete CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences following the Secondary Teaching minor and then apply for entry into the postgraduate teacher education course.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BESS
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
Please Click Here for more information.
The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Cairns
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Mackay
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 14 | SR 70 | ATAR 67.95
Rank Cut-Off OP 14 | SR 70 | ATAR 67.95
Entry Requirements

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or Untied States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Domestic - English, maths, biological science and/or physical education subject.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

Students completing the ESSA accredited Stream of this course between 2014 and 2018 (inclusive) can gain accreditation in ‘Exercise Science’ with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students studying via Online will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units. Please see the More Details section for further information.
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Practicum/Work Placement

ESSC13008 - Students must complete a compulsory practicum experience with healthy populations under the supervision of a health professional. Placement hours will consist of a range of activities relevant to exercise and sport sciences and include exercise assessment, prescription, and delivery.
ESSC13009 - Students must complete a compulsory practicum experience with healthy populations under the supervision of a health professional. Placement hours will consist of a range of activities relevant to exercise and sport sciences and include exercise assessment, prescription, and delivery.
ESSC13005 - Students must complete an observational placement in a clinical setting where exercise is used in the assessment, treatment, or prevention of chronic or complex health conditions.
ESSC12006 - Students must complete a compulsory work-integrated learning placement at an approved host exercise or sport organisation that is aligned with student career interests. Students will be required to organise, implement and manage the delivery of a sports or business event that they have developed for this unit. This unit is part of the Sport Management minor only and thus this Work-Based Learning only applies to students undertaking this minor.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 203
2018 255
2017 272
2016 295
2015 278
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Complying with the University Ethics Committees directions when undertaking research.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and other staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour, when dealing with challenging situations.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with safety requirements which are necessary pre-requisites during field and laboratory work, especially when dealing with equipment, exercise delivery, test administration and biological specimens in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Presenting scientific work to various audiences.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers, participants and others and responding appropriately.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and work placements.
  • Having access to a computer and having some computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding to emails, and completing relevant tasks and assessments for the course.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent, summarised, written text from complex detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Having access to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Performing your duties within set time-frames.
  • Summarising, paraphrasing and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and professional settings.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting scientific information.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills when reading scientific information and equipment.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements during field and laboratory work.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of settings and situations.
  • Interpreting graphical information when reading scientific publications.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Able to look through optical equipment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage electronic instruments.
  • Handling breakable field and laboratory equipment with care.
  • Taking a range of health, fitness and performance measurements on human participants in field and laboratory situations.
  • Handling potentially harmful chemicals.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Building rapport and engaging with other students in order to collaborate with them in group work activities.
  • Creating good working relationships with the supervisor and other staff during course work.
  • Respecting and showing empathy to different opinions during discussions and other forms of engagements.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • The ability to accurately reflect on the content taught during the course.
  • The ability to accept feedback from academic staff as well as during professional practice, and respond constructively.
  • The ability to accurately reflect on themselves during professional practice.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Playing an active role as a participant and/or scientist in laboratory and field activities.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around equipment items while performing various tasks.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Collaborating positively with fellow students and staff during learning activities.
  • Building rapport with fellow students and other stakeholders in order to positively engage them during your study, for instance
    during difficult situations.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently and accurately incorporate literacy, numeracy and research into ICT skills.
  • Effectively apply knowledge and skills associated with the use of information technology.
  • Understand and competently use computer and associated technologies to engage with their study course.
  • Accessing learning materials via the university's online Moodle platform.
  • Using videoconference platforms such as ZOOM for communication and presentation tasks.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Identify factors which influence performance in exercise, physical activity, and sport.
  • 2. Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources and contexts for the purpose of implementing, monitoring, and assessing exercise programs.
  • 3. Analyse the relationships between exercise, physical activity, fitness, sporting performance, and health.
  • 4. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence in research and professional practice.
  • 5. Evaluate recommendations for best practice within the context of exercise and sport science.
  • 6. Demonstrate behaviours appropriate of an exercise and sport sciences professional.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Biomedical Sciences Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Secondary Teaching Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Sport Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor
Number of units: 18 Total credit points: 108

Course Structure
Students must complete a total of 24 units consisting of 18 core units; and a minor consisting of 6 units.

Students can view the minor options by selecting the desired minor from the Course Structure tab above.

Some units within this course have COMPULSORY residential schools. Please see the More Details section for residential school information. Dates of residential schools are provided through Timetabling section of the Handbook.

Recommended Study Schedule
It is recommended that students consult with the Course Advisors regarding a study plan. The schedule below provides a recommend plan for each year (based on full-time study load).

YEAR 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
ESSC11006 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Management
ESSC11005 Health and Sports Nutrition

YEAR 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC12001 Exercise and Sport Physiology
ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
ESSC13007 Functional Anatomy
ESSC12003 Exercise and Sport Psychology
ESSC12005 Applied Exercise and Sport Physiology
ESSC12008 Applied Exercise and Sport Biomechanics

In addition to the above core units, students are required to complete 2 units from their chosen minor.

YEAR 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC13006 Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement
ESSC13008 Advanced Exercise Prescription and Delivery
ESSC13005 Advanced Clinical Exercise Science
ESSC13009 Professional Practice in Exercise and Sports Science

In addition to the above core units, students are required to complete 4 units from their chosen minor.

Minors
Students must complete 6 units from ONE of the following minors.

  • Biomedical Sciences;
  • Sport Management; or
  • Secondary Teaching.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Biomedical Sciences Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

This minor provides students with advance knowledge and skills of specialised areas of physiology and sport sciences.

Career options include: regional and state sporting organisations; corporate health and fitness; government agencies associated with exercise, sport, physical activity and health; sports institutes and academies; professional sports training, coaching and development; strength and conditioning; rehabilitation clinics and hospitals; private business in personal training and rehabilitation, and in universities and colleges with involvement in education and research.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC12009 Sport Injury Prevention and Management
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
BMSC12009 Sleep Physiology and Measurement
PSYC13025 Applied Sports Psychology
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Secondary Teaching Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

Students wishing to pursue a career as a secondary school physical education teacher are recommended to complete CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences following the Secondary Teaching minor and then apply for entry into the postgraduate teacher education course.

To be eligible to graduate with the Secondary Teaching minor, students must complete six (6) units in a secondary teaching discipline (other than Health and Physical Education) from the approved teaching area list (minors) outlined in the Handbook for CC13 Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

To be eligible for entry into a postgraduate teacher education course, students must have two distinct teaching areas. One of these will be Health and Physical Education (Year 7 – 10) and Year 11 – 12 Physical Education and the second teaching area will be the teaching area selected from the approved teaching area list (minors) in the Handbook for CC13 Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

The Secondary Teaching Minor must be confirmed by the Course Advisor for Exercise and Sport Sciences.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Sport Management Minor

Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 36

This minor provides students with specific knowledge in sport management as well as marketing, occupational health and safety and human resources.

Career Options: Management and administration in regional and state sporting organisations; management and administration in government agencies associated with exercise, sport, physical activity and health; professional sporting organisations; regional and state sports development; media; pPrivate business; lifestyle management.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC12002 Exercise and Sport Management
ESSC12006 Applied Exercise and Sport Management
HRMT11011 Human Resource Management
MRKT11028 Digital Marketing
MRKT19036 Marketing of Service Products
OCHS12015 Occupational Health and Safety Law
More Details

Compulsory Residential Schools


The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences course has compulsory residential schools that are offered for first year, second year, and third year exercise and sport sciences coded units (ESSC). these residential schools are to be attended by students studying via Online. Residential schools for these units are held in Rockhampton with some units offering an additional residential school in Mackay. See the Residential School Timetable in this Handbook.


Where possible, the residential schools are presented in a block format that attempts to combine ESSC coded units with non-ESSC coded units to reduce travel requirements for residential schools. Students are also advised to be aware of possible residential school requirements in units within their chosen minor.


Students completing study part-time should carefully select units with residential schools in the same year of study to minimise travel requirements.


Students must undertake the residential school component during the term of unit enrolment and are unable to defer residential school or undertake residential school prior to enrolling in a unit.


Work Integrated Learning


Across the three-year course, students will complete approximately 240 hours of work-integrated learning through voluntary experience and observation in professional practice placements, working with the general population, athletic populations, and clinical populations. Failure to complete work placements and submit associated compulsory documentation will result in students failing units requiring work-integrated learning.


Before commencing professional practice placements, students will need to complete pre-placement checks, purchase a uniform, and have a student ID card. Further information can be found on Sonia (CQUniversity's placement management system), the "Course Features" page under the "Getting Started" tab of the Handbook, and on specific unit Moodle sites.


Application for Credit Transfer


Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course have been successfully completed. Students should examine unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to receive exemption.


You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc.) in this process. Refer to the Credit Transfer website for further details on the guidelines and application process.


Computing Requirements


It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.


It is strongly recommended that students have access to at least a broadband connection to access online student resources that includes but is not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, and electronic assessment submission.


Student Memberships


As a student in the CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences course, you are eligible for membership with a number of organisations such as Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Sports Medicine Australia. These organisations provide a range of industry-rlevant resources and student are encouraged to become members. Links to student memberships can be found here:


Exercise and Sports Science Australia

Sport Medicine Australia


Professional Recognition


The CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESSA Accredited Minor, which is no longer accepting new enrolments) course is currently accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) (2014 through 2019). To comply with updated ESSA standards, a revised course structure commenced in 2018 and all new students are required to undertake this revised structure. Please note, the CG85 course is currently undergoing reaccreditation with an outcome anticipated in 2020.


To attain Exercise Science accreditation following graduation, graduates of the CG85 course must submit a completed application for to ESSA along with certified copies of their transcript or letter from CQUniversity, copy of photo identification, and necessary payment. Further details are provided to students while undertaking the unit ESSC13009 Professional Practice in Exercise and Sport Sciences.