ESSC13008 - Advanced Exercise Prescription and Delivery

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to enhance your understanding and application of exercise prescription and programming, including strength and conditioning concepts, and practical exercise delivery skills. You will also undertake authentic practical exercise delivery via work integrated learning. This will involve working with a variety of apparently healthy populations under the supervision of appropriate health or exercise and sport science practitioners.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • ESSC12005 Applied Exercise and Sport Physiology, AND
  • ESSC12008 Applied Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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. Case Study 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.24% 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: Have your say survey
Students enjoy the practical components of the residential school, although the competency assessments are challenging, they allow students to work in groups, as well as individually.
It is recommended to continue including practical components and assessments in the residential school. These components are also requirements of external accreditation but should be reviewed and improved where necessary..
Action Taken
Source: Have your say survey and student feedback
The work integrated learning placement system has improved from previous years, but still requires some improvements to help students complete their paperwork or view sites that have been contacted.
It is recommended to continue improving the work integrated learning placement process for students. Communication between the unit coordinator, placement officer, student, and placement site is vital to ensure students can undertake their placements smoothly.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say
Students have commented they would like to be able to deliver and prescribe exercise earlier on in the course.
Our current course structure is subject to accreditation by Exercise and Sport Science Australia, unfortunately this means that ESSC13008 will continue to be offered in Term 1, Year 3. It is recommended that students seek more informal learning opportunities outside of their university study, for example coaching, to allow them to practice their skills as they progress through the degree.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain why various types of exercise programming confers health, fitness, or sports performance benefits
  2. Design and deliver safe, appropriate and effective exercise programs, based on best practice that are aligned with the health, fitness, or sports performance needs and goals of clients
  3. Apply your exercise and sport science knowledge to behave and operate as an effective sport and exercise science practitioner in a workplace setting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
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
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
1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books