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ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science AND( EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise OR EXSC120 Mechanical Bases of Exercise Science ) AND (EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise OR EXSC198 Physiological Bases of Exercise ) AND EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery AND EXSC206 Professional Experience Preparation AND EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application

Teaching organisation

160 hours of focused learning

Unit rationale, description and aim

To be a competent Exercise Scientist, the knowledge and skills you have gained as a student must be able to be transferred to a professional context, with increasing autonomy and confidence. Professional practice provides you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and attributes of a professional in a work context and gain the necessary experience under the supervision of qualified professional, in order to begin the transition from learner to practitioner. Experiential learning through real world professional experience, will enable you to develop expertise measured through professional standards set for Exercise Scientist accreditation, whereby you, as a graduate, can apply knowledge and skills to operate effectively in an ethically responsible manner, communicate effectively and be able to integrate and apply your learning to help support client's needs. By undertaking this practicum, you will critically reflect upon your professional practice through feedback from your supervisor. The aim of the unit is to provide an authentic learning experience in which you can integrate evidence-based learnings in an applied professional setting, in order to reflect on your career path, and meet the ESSA Professional Practice graduate outcomes required for Exercise Science Accreditation.

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.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate professional practice knowledge, skills and attributes for employment opportunities in exercise science (GA3, GA4, GA5, GA9) 

LO2 - Integrate and communicate knowledge, skills and attributes of exercise science sub-disciplines through professional practice experiences (GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9) 

LO3 - Critically reflect on feedback from your supervisor(s) and evaluate professional development areas to improve your professional practice in a work context (GA3, GA4, GA7, GA9, GA10) 

LO4 - Demonstrate competency of professional practice as an exercise scientist in a work context.(GA1, GA2, GA3, GA5, GA7, GA10) 

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


This unit requires the completion of a minimum of 140 hours of professional experience placements in accordance with ESSA requirements for placement.  

  • Exercise science practice  
  • Professional development planning 
  • Critically reflection of competency, based on a variety of feedback 


Content delivery is arranged as required to support these placements and the underpinning theoretical components (as introduced in EXSC206 Professional Experience Preparation). This content includes: 

  • principles of community engagement and reflectiveness 
  • application of principles and practices in Exercise Science  
  • professionalism in work contexts  
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

EXSC398 Professional Experience is commences at the start of semester 1 and closing at the end of semester 2, allowing time to complete the minimum 140 hours of professional practicum experience in the field.   


Learning and teaching strategies include: 

  • authentic learning and case-based learning through application of knowledge, understanding and skills of course learnings under the supervision of a qualified professional in a professional workplace environment for a minimum of 140 hours 
  • active learning will allow students to develop effective professional verbal and nonverbal communication skills by interaction with both clients and professionals in the exercise science field. 
  • critical reflective thinking activities which will give a greater awareness of the scope of practice of an Exercise Scientist within ESSA’s Code of professional Conduct and Ethical Practice  


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 are expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively during practicum placements.  


In addition, completion of this unit, will allow students to meet mandatory Professional Practice outcomes required for Accreditation through ESSA as an Exercise Scientist on the completion of their degree. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

You will have a variety of assessment activities to demonstrate completion and achievement of the learning outcomes for the unit. This unit draws upon placement experiences, on campus experiences and requires you to continually reflect upon your practice and skills. Competency as an exercise scientist is evaluated by your supervisors while on placement. The supervisor will provide feedback on your professional practice skills and attributes. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your professional practice skills through recorded and simulated experiences. Critical reflection and integration of feedback you will plan your professional development requirements towards graduation.  

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Professional Practice 

Enables students to assemble a professional application for a mock industry-specific job in a competitive opportunity, demonstrating knowledge of the skills and understanding required for a job in the field of exercise science.


LO1, LO3 

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA9 

Integrate and communicate knowledge of Exercise science 

Enables the student to demonstrate their professional practice skills relevant for their scope of practice through simulated and practicum experiences and reflect upon their performance 


LO2, LO3 

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9 GA10 

Critical reflection 

Allows students to identify aspects of their professional practice which they determine require improvement and plan professional development activities to improve their practice 



GA3, GA4, GA7, GA9, GA10 

Case Conference Presentation 

Present a case conference from your professional experience and reflect upon your knowledge, skills and attributes.  


LO2, LO3 

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9 

Competency as an Exercise Scientist 

Enables students to demonstrate the application of discipline-specific knowledge, understanding and skills within the scope of practice for an accredited exercise scientist. Supervisors will complete online evaluation of student’s performance while undertaking practicum 



GA1, GA2, GA3, GA5, GA7, GA10 

Representative texts and references

Exercise & Sports Science Australia.  

Exercise & Sports Science Australia. (2013) ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice. Retrieved from: 

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