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Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport

Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport delivers a series of core and elective study units (see below) focused on the technological advances for athlete monitoring, advanced principles of strength and conditioning, and the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury. The Graduate Diploma is a pathway to further study in the Master of High Performance Sport.

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This course is aimed at people already in the workforce as well as graduating students. It provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate: professional employment commitments; internationally-based students; full-time or part-time enrolments; specific career and industry needs of individual students.

The course prepares graduates for the following roles:

  • High performance manager
  • Sports scientist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Professional coach
  • Fitness coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sport science manager

Course structure

To achieve the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport you must complete 80 credit points (CP).

As you progress through the course you will advised by your Course Coordinator on the appropriate units to take to fulfil the requirements.

Breakdown of credit points required to complete the course:

70 CP from Coursework units

AND

10 CP from Elective units

Seven core units are to undertaken to complete the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport.

Unit code Credit points Unit name
EXSC510 10 Strength and Conditioning for the High Performance Athlete
EXSC512 10 Leadership and Culture in High Performance Sport
EXSC513 10 Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport
EXSC650 10 Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation and Performance
EXSC651 10 Performance and Injury: Prevention and Management
EXSC652 10 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science *
EXSC668 10 Performance Nutrition

* EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science includes a one-week, on-campus intensive component at ACU in Melbourne (February each year) or off-shore (overseas) by invitation in June/July each year.

There are 8 elective units available for students to select from as part of the coursework. Students are advised to select elective units in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Unit code Credit points Unit name
EXSC511 10 Technology in High Performance Sport
EXSC653 10 Project Design for High Performance Sport
EXSC658 10 Performing Under Pressure
EXSC659 10 Athlete Development: strategies, capabilities and wellbeing
EXSC670 10 Team Dynamics #
EXSC671 10 The Business of High Performance Sport
EXSC672 10 Theoretical Foundations of Performance Analysis *
EXSC673 10 Application, Measurement and Evaluation in Performance Analysis **

#  EXSC670 Team Dynamics is delivered in intensive, on-campus (attendance) mode at ACU in Melbourne (February each year).

*  EXSC672 is a prerequisite for EXSC673

** EXSC673 is delivered in intensive, on-campus (attendance) mode at ACU’s Strathfield (Sydney) Campus in February each year.


Duration

Two semesters full-time or part-time equivalent.


Study mode

The course is primarily delivered online, however students taking EXSC652 Contemporary Issues in Sports Science are advised that this includes a one-week, on-campus intensive component at ACU in Melbourne (February each year) or off-shore (overseas) by invitation in June/July each year.

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