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

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Distance - 858625
  • QLD - Mackay - 858621
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 858621
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110471 
  • NSW - Distance - 160461
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 069480J
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.
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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 - 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 - 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 Requirements

International students - refer to the international student section.

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 Accreditiation

N/A

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students studying via distance education will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
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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
2018 253
2017 272
2016 295
2015 278
2014 260
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). Residential schools held in Rockhampton are conducted for these units taken by distance education students. See the Residential School Timetable in this Handbook.

The residential schools are presented in a block format that attempt to combine with non-ESSC coded units to reduce travel requirements for residential schools. Students completing study in a part-time mode should select units with residential schools (or attend for all units in each residential school) in the same year of study to minimise travel requirements.

Students selecting units from their chosen minor are advised to look at possible residential schools offered by the course from which these elective units have been taken.

RESIDENTIAL 1 (YEAR ONE, TERM ONE): This residential school will incorporate unit information for ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health (term 1) and ESSC11003 Skill Acquisition and Movement (term 2). The residential schools for these units will be offered together in sequence during term 1.

Careful selection of the second plan area may limit travel to Rockhampton for the first year of study. Some second plan units will have a compulsory residential school requirement. For instance, the unit ESSC13007 in the ESSA Accredited minor contains a compulsory residential school in year one, term three.

RESIDENTIAL 2 (YEAR TWO, TERM ONE): This residential school will incorporate unit information for the following units; ESSC12001 Exercise and Sport Physiology; ESSC12002 Exercise and Sport Management; ESSC12003 Exercise and Sport Psychology; ESSC12004 Exercise and Sport Biomechanics; ESSC12005 Applied Exercise and Sport Physiology; ESSC12008 Applied Exercise and Sport Biomechanics. The residential schools for these units will be offered together in sequence during term 1.

RESIDENTIAL 3 (YEAR THREE, TERM ONE): This residential school will incorporate unit information for the following units; ESSC13003 Advanced Applied Exercise and Sport Science A, ESSC13006 Applied Skill Acquisition and Movement. The residential schools for these units will be offered together in sequence during term 1.

Please note: There are prerequisites for units offered in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (BESS) course that build upon a sequence of assumed knowledge from previous units. Students are advised to take the units in the pre-defined order thus acquiring the knowledge that will be assumed in the presentation of unit material at advanced levels. Students will be individually responsible for gaining the assumed entry-level knowledge of any unit they elect to take out of sequence. For more information or assessment of prior learning, please contact the specific Unit Coordinator.