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 SCA Band 4
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

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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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

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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 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.53% 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: Unit coordinator and student feedback
Some students misunderstand pre-placement check requirements, which can cause a delay in the beginning of placement.
It is recommended to introduce additional pre-placement information and briefings for students.
Action Taken
A mandatory pre-placement tutorial is now scheduled for Week 1 of term as well as information for 2nd year students at the end of Term 2 that take this unit the following year. This has provided important information and the opportunity to ask questions and clarify these requirements.
Source: Unit coordinator, student and supervisor feedback
Students are being increasingly exposed to challenging situations on placement, due to their exposure to more clinical clients under the supervision of Exercise Physiologists
It is recommended to explore options for appropriate mental health first aid and further resources related to exercise delivery for clinical conditions.
Action Taken
In 2023, free access to the CQU online training module and micro-credential "Mental Health First Aid for Fitness Trainers" was provided for all ESSC13008 students.
Source: SUTE Unit Comment Report
Students requested more sport specific examples of training plans and programs be made available to them.
It is recommended to include more examples of training plans and programs into lectures and tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection and direct student feedback.
Movement screens and client assessments should be tied to exercise prescription outcomes.
It is recommended to include examples of exercises that can be prescribed as a result of specific movement screens and client assessments into lectures and tutorials, and integrate these within the residential school.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator reflection and direct student feedback.
The number of mandatory checks were noted as burdensome and caused some delays with the start of work-integrated learning (WIL) placements.
It is recommended to review mandatory checks to ensure the most efficient WIL experience for students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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