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 primarily healthy 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 1
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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
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 50%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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 appreciated the enthusiastic, supportive and approachable nature of the Unit Coordinator. They also commented that it was helpful having a lecturer with relevant industry experience and industry experience.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue delivering this unit in an enthusiastic manner and for the Unit Coordinator to continue keeping up to date with industry. Work Integrated Learning can be somewhat challenging for some students, therefore, the Unit Coordinator must ensure they continue to make contact with students and site throughout the term and make themselves available to support students on placement.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator has continued to be engaged with industry in relation to exercise assessment, delivery, and prescription. Additional assessment tools were created and implemented to ensure more consistent contact with students and site supervisors throughout the unit.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Some students commented that the Job Portfolio written assessment was not relevant to them, and that these services are available via the CQU career hub. However, others commented that this assessment item was helpful and helped them prepare documents required for future job applications.
Recommendation
It is recommended to review the current written assessments to ensure that they are relevant and meet the learning outcomes of the unit. Other assessment items that may be more practically focused, such as OSCE's, can be explored. The weighting of the assessment items should also be reviewed.
Action Taken
This assessment item has now been replaced with a Practical Assessment item that is assessed during the residential school held at the end of term. This practical assessment task encompasses key areas of Exercise and Sport Sciences, and is designed to provide students with an authentic learning experience and industry relevant skills at the completion of this unit.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students commented that they enjoy the practical Work Integrated Learning aspect of this unit. Although it was also suggested that recognition of prior learning be available for those already working in the health and fitness industry or who own their own business.
Recommendation
Placement hours under the supervision of an adequately qualified supervisor are a requirement for ESSA accreditation, and must be monitored by the university. It is recommended that students that are undertaking this unit, and who are already involved in activities such as personal training, view this unit as an opportunity to further their learning experiences beyond those available to them in their current business or work environment.
Action Taken
Recognition of prior learning was unable to be implemented for this unit due to constraints from the accreditation body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Students are made aware of this early on in the term and this information is also available on the unit Moodle page and the ESSA website.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books