ESSC13009 - Professional Practice in Exercise and Sports Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will enhance your professional development in exercise and sport science by becoming a reflective practitioner. Additionally, you will gain authentic practical exercise delivery via work integrated learning, as well as practically focused assessments, which will allow you to gain the skills that are required of a graduating exercise and sport science professional. This will involve working with a variety of populations under the supervision of appropriate health or exercise and sport science practitioners, during which time you will further develop your skills in the development and delivery of exercise and sports science related activities.

Details

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

Pre-requisite

  • ESSC13008 or ESSC13003

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Cairns
Mackay City
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.67% 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
Feedback
Students provided feedback that the residential school and associated Practical Assessment item increased their confidence and ability to enter the workforce as a practitioner in Exercise and Sport Science.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue with the residential school and associated Practical Assessment Item. As this is the first year this assessment item and residential school has been implemented, it is also recommended that the assessment tasks are continually reviewed to ensure they are current and industry focused.
Action Taken
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the usual face-to-face residential school and associated assessments were moved online for 2020. It is anticipated that this unit will continue with face--to-face residential school in 2021 and the genuine nature of assessments will remain, but reviewed and updated as necessary.
Source: Have your say survery
Feedback
Students commented that there are a substantial amount of hours required to complete this uni. These hours are associated with the work integrated learning practicum and the residential school. It has been suggested the residential school could have been shortened from four days to three days.
Recommendation
It is recommended to review the amount of hours that students are required to complete during their Work Integrated learning by completing more hours in Term 1 (ESSC13008), as well as the capacity to reduce the time required to complete the residential school. As this was the first year running the residential school for this unit, the timing of teaching and assessment was somewhat unknown; therefore, additional time was scheduled to ensure all assessment tasks could be completed. The timetable for this residential school should be reviewed and optimised to fit within two - three days, dependent on student numbers.
Action Taken
In 2020, the residential school was reduced to two and a half days instead of four. Furthermore, from 2021, the WIL hours for this unit will be reduced to 100 hours, instead of 120, with an additional 20 hours completed in Term 1 in ESSC13008.
Source: Unit Coordinator self reflection
Feedback
The weighting of the Practical Assessment task and Reflective Practice written assessment should be reviewed, as they are both worth 50% of the unit grade. This weighting does not reflect the amount of hours or work required for each of these tasks.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the weighting of the Practical Assessment task is increased and the Reflective Practice written assessment to be decreased. Alternatively, as other assessment items such as Logbooks and Professional Practice Placement assessment tasks are Pass/Fail, this unit may be better suited to be a Pass/Fail for all assessment items, and this should also be considered.
Action Taken
The weighting for these items were not changed in 2020 due to the unknown circumstances around Covid-19. However, it is anticipated that these will be adjusted for the 2021 offering.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students commented that the Reflective Practice portions of this unit are helpful and have provided them with good tools to continue their development as professionals and Practitioners.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Reflective Practice content in this unit is maintained and updated to ensure students are receiving up to date knowledge and skills related to this important and often overlooked field in allied health.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
Students commented that the content of this unit was very helpful to real world scenarios and that the lectures and Zoom drop-in sessions were well delivered.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue delivering the lectures in a similar format. As lectures are all released at the start of the term, this enables students on placement more flexibility in accessing the content when it works for them. It is also recommended to continue hosting weekly Zoom drop-in sessions as this enables the Unit Coordinator to directly discuss assessment items and student questions and concerns in an interactive format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Due to the high amount of practical requirements in this unit, including Work Integrated Learning and Practical Assessments during the residential school, this unit may be better suited as an ungraded pass/fail unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended the Unit Coordinator discuss changes relating to this unit being converted to pass/fail instead of graded with the Head of Course, Teaching and Learning, and other academic staff to determine the suitability of this change.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Prepare professional documentation related to employment in the exercise and sport science industry
  2. Reflect on performance and experiences in the exercise and sport science industry
  3. Conduct the duties of an exercise and sport science practitioner in a professional setting.

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