Bachelor of Exercise Scienc

BExSc

240 credit points

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Admission

Elite Athletes

Requirements for Completion of Award

Course Structure

Progression Within the Course

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Duration                       Three (3) years full-time or part-time equivalent

Available at                  Melbourne Campus VIC (St Patrick's)

                                  Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary)

The Bachelor of Exercise Science course aims to provide a strong academic base in the discipline of Exercise Science. The course seeks to develop graduates who will be competent in the application of the principles of exercise science, ethical in their practice and independent learners. The course is designed to enable students to consider a wide variety of career options related to sports science, exercise science, and management in leisure and recreation, community and corporate fitness, and sport. Graduates may find employment in sports institutes, corporate fitness areas, health and fitness centres, as community fitness and as activity leaders as well as within the government and local government sectors. The completion of specialisations is directed towards appropriate national professional recognition

Admission

Apply to relevant state Tertiary Admissions Centre.

New South Wales Recommended Studies: English Advanced, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 with a study score of at least 20 in English (any) and in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), Outdoor Education, Psychology, Physical Education, Physics.

Extra Requirements: VTAC Extra Requirements: Non-Year 12 applicants wishing to be considered for admission under "Mature Age" entry should complete a SEAS Category 1 application form and VTAC Pi form. Victorian Applicants Only.

Elite Athletes

The University will consider admitting a limited number of students who have outstanding sporting or appropriate recreational/vocational performance but do not meet normal entry criteria. Applicants in this category should complete an Elite Athlete Applicant form which is available on the ACU National website, www.acu.edu.au/forms.cfm or from the Student Centre.

Requirements for Completion of Award

The award requires completion of 240 credit points of academic studies (including field experience) as outlined below.

The course structure requires students choose a related or cognate sequence of six (6) units.

Course Structure

Unit Offerings

Unit Offerings may vary subject to student demand and lecturer availability.
Elective units may vary between campuses and from year to year.

The course is based upon ten (10) units of core studies and eight (8) units of specialisation in Exercise Science or Sports Management.

Core Units (100 credit points)

EXSC100 Introduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science

EXSC110 Anatomical Bases of Exercise Science

EXSC120 Mechanical Bases of Exercise Science

EXSC130 Foundations of Motor Development and Behaviour

EXSC140 Physiological Bases of Exercise Science

EXSC210 Functional Anatomy

EXSC220 Biomechanics

EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning

EXSC240 Exercise Physiology

EXSC300 Ethics, Law and Exercise Science Practice

Specialisation (80 credit points)
Common Units (20 credit points)

EXSC345 Exercise Programming

EXSC347 Nutrition and Exercise

Exercise Science (60 credit points from)

EXSC235 Sport Psychology

EXSC236 Exercise Psychology

EXSC305* Directed Research Study in Exercise Science

EXSC306** Independent Study in Exercise Science

EXSC320 Advanced Biomechanics

EXSC330 Advanced Motor Control and Learning

EXSC335 Advanced Exercise and Sport Psychology

EXSC340 Advanced Exercise Physiology

EXSC346 Exercise Rehabilitation

EXSC348 Exercise, Sport Safety and Injury Management

Sports Management (60 credit points from)

EXSC260 Introduction to Sport Management

EXSC261 Sport Policy Making and Planning

EXSC305* Directed Research Study in Exercise Science

EXSC306** Independent Study in Exercise Science

EXSC360 Event Management

EXSC361 Human Resources in Sport and Physical Activity Management

EXSC362 Financial Management of Sport and Physical Activity

EXSC363 Creative Problem Solving for Sports Managers

EXSC364 Marketing and Promoting Sport, Leisure and Physical Activity

EXSC365 Management Information Systems for Sport and Leisure

* The unit EXSC 305 Directed Research Study is available for potential honours students who have achieved a grade of distinction or better in half of the graded units undertaken and had been recommended by a lecturer for admission to the unit, and received approval for entry from the Head of School.

** With permission of Head of School only.

Cognate Sequence - Health Promotion

EXSC180 Introduction to Health Promotion and Wellbeing

EXSC181 Promotion of Mental Health

EXSC280 Drugs and Society: A Health Promotion Perspective

EXSC281 Interpersonal Health

EXSC380 Foundations of Health Promotion Policy

EXSC381 Programs and Practices for Health Promotion

Cognate Sequence - Outdoor Recreation

EXSC190 Foundations of the Outdoor Experience

EXSC191 Journeying in the Natural World

EXSC290 The Marine Environment and the Outdoor Experience

EXSC291 Alpine Ecology and the Outdoor Experience

EXSC390 Leadership Practices and the Outdoor Experience

EXSC391 Evaluation of the Outdoor Experience

Cognate Sequence - Coaching and Strength and Conditioning

EXSC131 Coaching Principles

EXSC141 Training and Conditioning Principles

EXSC231 Issues in Coaching

EXSC241 Programming Resistance Training

+ two other units of choice

Cognate Sequence - Psychology (Victoria Only)

Students on St Patrick's Campus may complete up to six psychology units as part of the Bachelor of Exercise Science course. Following graduation and depending upon which psychology units are successfully completed; Bachelor of Exercise Science graduates may be given credit for a maximum of four units towards the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a part-time fee-paying postgraduate course. Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology meets the current requirements for an Australian Psychological Society accredited undergraduate major in psychology. For more information, students are advised to consult with the course coordinator within the School of Psychology.


Field and Professional Activities (350 hours total)

Consistent with the university's emphasis on practical work experience as part of a qualification for life, students are required to complete 350 hours of Field and Professional Activities alongside their academic studies. Students from exercise science increasingly pursue a range of different professional options upon graduation. To cater for the most popular of these options, the Field and Professional Activities experiences are tailored for the following areas of interest:

  • Physical Education and Coaching
  • Wellness, Health and Rehabilitation
  • Outdoor Recreation

Field and Professional Activities enable students to gain relevant individual professional experiences and provide the opportunity to acquire a selection of relevant practical skills and competencies.

Progression within the Course

The structure of the course is based on the expectation that students will normally complete units in related sequences by progressing from 100 level to 200 level to 300 level. This reflects the developmental nature of learning within the discipline.
In all aspects of progress through the course students will be advised by the Course Coordinator and bound by decisions of the School Committee.

Figure 1: BACHELOR OF EXERCISE SCIENCE UNIT SEQUENCE - Course Structure

SEMESTER ONE

(4 enrolled units)

SEMESTER TWO

(4 enrolled units)

SEMESTER THREE

(4 enrolled units)

SEMESTER FOUR

(4 enrolled units)

SEMESTER FIVE

(4 enrolled units)

SEMESTER SIX

(4 enrolled units)

1

EXSC100

Introduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science

EXSC210

Functional Anatomy

EXSC240

Exercise Physiology

EXSC345

Exercise Programming

EXSC347

Nutrition and Exercise

EXSC300

Ethics, Law and Exercise Science Practice

2

EXSC110

Anatomical Bases of

Exercise Science

EXSC120

Mechanical Bases of

Exercise Science

EXSC230

Motor Control and

Learning

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

3

EXSC130

Foundations of Motor Development and Behaviour

EXSC140

Physiological Bases of Exercise Science

EXSC220

Biomechanics

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

Specialisation#

Exercise Science or Sports Management

4

Cognate strand*

Cognate strand*

Cognate strand*

Cognate strand*

Cognate strand*

Cognate strand*

* The Cognate strand allows students to pursue in some depth a related field relevant to their future career path/interests. Health Promotion, Outdoor Recreation, Coaching and Strength and Conditioning and Psychology (Vic) are the common selections. An approved strand comprised of units offered by other Faculties, e.g. for use as a second teaching area, may also be selected with the approval of the course co-ordinator.
# Specialisation units are chosen from advanced exercise science units or sports management units

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