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ESSC13003 - Advanced Applied Sport Science A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The course is designed to link and complement the student's programme of study by providing students with extended opportunities to gain practical experience under the supervision of sport science practitioners. The course allows for personal and professional development and provides students an opportunity to gain competency and assume responsibilities in the work environment while working with a variety of sporting populations. Students will be engaged in work-integrated learning while being supported by staff, school and faculty. This course will also enhance their understanding of future career opportunities in the Sport Science community.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Completion of 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2010

Term 1 - 2017 Profile

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Presentation 25%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 67.74% 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: Course evaluations
Absolutely everything!!! I found this course very easy to follow and understand because everything was on moodle and Mel was a HUGE help. Really am enjoying this subject. Best subject!!
Ensure assessment items continue to remain clear and provide concise criteria for the students to address and that the Moodle site continues to operate as a 'one stop shop' for students that is easy to navigate.
Action Taken
The assessment items remained similar in 2017, with a slight change to the case studies for the written assessment. This change was necessary so that case studies were not replicated from students that have already completed this unit. The Moodle layout was kept consistent and clear by rolling over 2016 to 2017.
Source: Course evaluation
Just a comment, I was really surprised to see that not 100% of the class completed the Level 1 ASCA. The level 1 course and 13003 are almost identical, and for anyone who wants to be involved in a gym environment in any form in the future I think it is very beneficial (when we cover the same work in 13003 anyway!). You may as well get the certification for it.
The degree should align with as many external accreditation bodies as it can so that graduates not only graduate with their degree, but also with a variety of additional qualifications. Such accreditations could include ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning, SMA Sports Trainer and Sports First Aider, Sports Administrator. These additional qualifications would assist our graduates in their employment opportunities. Furthermore, students could then use their 160 placement hours (ESSC13003/ESSC13004) to undertake the required hours to complete the practical assessment requirements of the above qualifications, in conjunction with their ESSA Sport Science accreditation requirements.
Action Taken
The ASCA course was again offered in 2017, and was attended by approximately 40% of the students enrolled in this unit. Work is ongoing to embed the ASCA level 1 within the replacement unit, Advanced Exercise Prescription and Delivery.
Source: Course evaluation
The lecturers enthusiasm. I look forward to watching lectures and the assessment tasks were very realistic. Mel has been the most approachable lecturer I have come across at my time at CQU, she is always happy to answer any questions about future career options or topics that do not relate to her subject area.
Future coordinators should take a similar approach. Be passionate about what you do and the students will appreciate it.
Action Taken
Having a passion for strength and conditioning and exercise prescription, I feel my enthusiasm showed through to the students in 2017, this was reflected by the high overall satisfaction score (4.6/5)
Source: Have your say survey
Students commented that the lectures were enjoyable and they found the use of "real life" examples helpful for their understanding of the content and the written assessment task. However, some students commented that the order in which the lectures were delivered left some important content too close to the submission of their written assessment.
It is recommended that lecture content and the recommended textbook should remain the same, as it aligns with current industry best practice and provides examples from practice; It is also recommended that the order in which the lectures are delivered should be reviewed so that the theoretical content related to the written assessment is delivered at the appropriate time.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say survey
Students found the residential school helpful, engaging, and worthwhile, as well as a good opportunity to put their practical skills to use. Although, some students commented that there was a clear gap in skill sets within the class and felt that this gap slowed down their learning.
As this course takes in students with varying background such as school leavers, mature aged students, and existing health and fitness professionals, the level of knowledge and skills within cohorts can vary. It is recommended that students be provided with resources via Moodle so that they can improve their practical skills (e.g. lifting proficiency) prior to attending the residential school. This would allow the residential school to provide more opportunity for students to work on their coaching, exercise prescription, and exercise delivery skills, rather than movement proficiency.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say survey
Students commented that the work integrated learning (WIL) was enjoyable and worthwhile for their learning experience. Although there were also comments that juggling the WIL placement (40 hours) was difficult to complete alongside work and family commitments.
Work integrated learning is an important part of the experiential learning in this unit and the Exercise and Sports Science degree, and is also integral for Exercise and Sport Science Australia accreditation and registration. It is recommended that students consider the time they will need to set aside for these placements well in advance of enrolling in this unit. This will help ensure they can make the necessary work and family arrangements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply skills and knowledge developed in the program to sport science practice in a sport science role
  2. Demonstrate the role of exercise in sport conditioning programs
  3. Examine the biomechanical, physiological and psychological aspects of exercise measurement and prescription in a variety of sport conditioning populations
  4. Report and evaluate work placement experiences and assess personal and professional growth, strengths and weaknesses in: (a) intellectual development (integration, problem identification, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making); (b) social development (social skills, initiative and independence); and (c) professional development (technical skills, time management and verbal and written communication).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Presentation
1 - Practical Assessment