ESSC12005 - Applied Exercise and Sport Physiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will examine the application of physiological concepts and skills based on current trends in exercise and sport science settings. Furthermore, you will develop scientific knowledge and skills by undertaking an applied research project and disseminating the outcomes in verbal and written forms.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


For CG85 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences students: ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science AND ESSC12001 Exercise and Sport Physiology

For CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science students: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 AND BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 AND ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Sciences

For CC13 Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students: ESSC12001 Exercise and Sport Physiology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mackay City
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 70%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.83% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback and self-reflection
Alternative research topics should be considered for the research portfolio.
It is recommended that alternative research topics be explored for students to complete as part of the research portfolio assessment.
Action Taken
Different research topics were developed for the research portfolio assessment encompassing wider use of equipment and broader exploration of disciplines.
Source: Student feedback
Continue the adjusted order of the portfolio assessment items where the manuscript was completed prior to the presentation.
It is recommended that the updated assessment order remain for the research portfolio where the manuscript will be completed prior to the presentation.
Action Taken
The assessment order involving completion of the manuscript prior to the presentation remained and received positive feedback from students.
Source: Self-reflection
Design of the unit Moodle page to be more user-friendly on mobile devices.
It is recommended that alternative Moodle unit designs be explored to allow for more effective presentation and access of unit content on mobile devices.
Action Taken
Following the CQU-Renew template, the unit Moodle design followed a tile format, which was more user-friendly on mobile devices.
Source: Student feedback, peer consultation, and self-reflection.
The assessment load is heavy towards the end of term for students, with similar assessment pieces administered in the form of a research manuscript and research presentation.
It is recommended that an alternative single assessment piece be developed and implemented linking elements of the research manuscript and research presentation as part of the wider research portfolio assessment.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching staff feedback and self-reflection.
Some equipment did not permit effective or efficient data collection for the research projects during practical tasks.
It is recommended that alternative equipment providing effective and efficient physiological measurement be incorporated into research projects during practical sessions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Recognise applications of exercise and sport physiology in practice
  2. Collect and analyse research data in exercise and sport settings
  3. Evaluate and disseminate research findings in verbal and written forms.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
3 - On-campus Activity
2 - Online Quiz(zes)