Handbook

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Course code

70610

Version

7

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation). Students are eligible for ESSA professional membership on completion of this award.

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Recommended subjects: any one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths B, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Nil

Special admission requirements

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Current Apply First Aid and CPR certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course learning outcomes

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science meets the Exercise and Sports Science Australia standards for Exercise Science membership.

On successful completion, graduates of the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of sport and exercise science

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply evidence in sport and exercise science practice, across a range of social, personal, economic and environmental contexts

  • Assess health status and formulate, implement and critically evaluate sustainable management plans to promote and optimise the health and welfare of apparently healthy individuals and/or populations

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for graduate entry into the sport and exercise science workforce

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, professional reasoning and sound judgement in problem solving and decision making, in the provision of client-centred practice that is contemporary, evidence-based, legal, ethical, safe and culturally sensitive

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs.

Course Structure

Level 1 (First Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

BM1061:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1 or MH1061:03 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics OR Students with HA or better in Yr 12 Maths B select 3 credit points of any level 1 subjects

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

BM1062:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 2 or MH1062:03 The Musculoskeletal System for Sports and Exercise Science

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

Level 2 (Second Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

SP2006:03 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

SP2011:03 Advanced Biomechanics

Level 3 (Third Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

SP3006:03 Environmental and Sports Medicine

SP3007:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

SP3008:03 Sport and Exercise Science Practice

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

SP3014:03 Independent Project in Sport and Exercise Science

SP3016:03 Exercise Prescription Practices and Procedures

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 1 or 2 subjects

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for Sports and Exercise Science subjects (subjects with the prefix SP)

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

36 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BSpExSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours available as an additional year of study

Eligibility

Students must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.