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EXSC119 From Health to High Performance Sport and EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing and EXSC199 Psychology of Sport and BIOL125 Human Biology 1

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150 hours of focused learning.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Professional practice experience is an integral aspect of the transition from learner to practitioner, providing opportunities for the application of knowledge, understanding and skills in a work context. The aim of the unit is to prepare students for internship opportunities, categorising skills and attributes relevant for professional practice, career planning and determining professional skills and attributes for competitive professional practice and future career aspirations.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

Learning Outcome NumberLearning Outcome DescriptionRelevant Graduate Capabilities
LO1Be compliant for professional practice appropriate for ACU work integrated learning.GC1, GC3
LO2Understand the scope of practice of exercise science, sports science and exercise physiologist and professional requirements in various work contextsGC1
LO3Classify elements of risk and risk management, and recognise the ESSA code of Professional Conduct and Ethical practice relevant for professional practiceGC1
LO4Critically reflect upon your knowledge and skills attained throughout your program of study and plan professional development and career aspirationsGC1, GC7


The unit aims to prepare students for structured experiences in host organisations approved by the Internship Coordinator and experience in branches of exercise science and sports performance in which students might seek employment after graduation. This includes: 

  • Purpose of compliance in professional practice and work integrated learning  
  • Explore principles and practices in Exercise Science, Sports Science and Exercise Physiology in a variety of settings  
  • Explore risk management in exercise science and workplace contexts  
  • Career planning and determining relevant skills and experiences for successful practicum 
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice 
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Scope of Practice and Coaching Framework 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This national unit is delivered a mixed model approach of learning strategies. It employs an active learning approach consisting of some self-directed learning, online and workshops. It is designed to provide students with access to the knowledge and understanding, resources and preparatory requirements necessary for sourcing, organising and completing meaningful professional practice experiences. These strategies will allow students to meet the aim, learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the unit. Learning and teaching strategies will reflect respect for the individual as an independent learner. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate accordingly.  

Assessment strategy and rationale

Assessments are designed to ensure students are prepared for internship opportunities in EXSC309 Internship in Coaching and Prescription.  ACU-specific requirements for student preparation include ACU online Working with Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Module, Faculty of Health Sciences Pre-Placement Verification process through InPlace and First Aid certification. Discipline-specific professional practice requirements included are ASADA Level 1 e-Learning Module and the Department of Health, National Integrity of Sport Unit “Keep Australian Sport Honest” e-Learning module.   


Additionally, the knowledge and skills assessed in these professional practice requirements are part of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 and Level 2 accreditation scheme. EXSC218 is part of a suite of units that contribute to ACU achieving the status of an ASCA recognised industry provider, allowing the students to streamline accreditation with this important industry partner at successful completion of their degree. The assessment tasks have been consequently designed to encompass the learning outcomes of the unit, while being aligned with the ASCA and ESSA accrediting bodies. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning Outcomes

Compliance for Practicum  

Be compliant for professional practice appropriate for ACU work integrated learning 



E-Learning modules completion 

ASADA Level 1 e-Learning Module 

Department of Health, National Integrity of Sport Unit, “Keep Australian Sport Honest” e-Learning module 


LO1, LO2

Application and career planning  

Student will review and prepare their professional and academic experiences to be competitive for industry opportunities  


LO2, LO4

Scope of practice  

Allows students to demonstrate understanding of Scope of practice for exercise science, sports science and exercise physiologist in professional practice contexts  



Risk, Code of Conduct and Ethical practice  

Allow students to classify elements of risk and risk management. Student will recognise the ESSA code of professional conduct and Ethical practice relevant for professional practice 



Critically reflection of Skills and Knowledge for career planning  

Students will reflect upon their skills and knowledge attained in their program and plan professional development towards career aspirations.  



Representative texts and references

ACU Assessment Policy   

ACU Catholic Intellectual Tradition 

ACU Community Engagement  

Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. 

Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Scope of Practice.   

Exercise and Sports Science Australia. 

Exercise and Sports Science Australia Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice 

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