Exercise and Sport Science Placements

A Background on Placements

Arrangement of Placements

Placements are arranged by negotiation between staff of the respective academic unit, acting as Clinical Educator Coordinators, and the staff of the individual placement setting. The academic unit negotiates the standard, type of experience, and number of student places to be offered. In most cases, formal agreements are signed between the University and the placement facility.

Rules of Placements

There are a number of rules and conditions applying to students regarding the amount of workplace based education, the timing of it, the selection of sites, and types of experiences required. These rules have implications for progression in the course and acceptance into the relevant profession after graduation. Students should consult the relevant handbooks of their courses for such rules and details of the Clinical Education/Fieldwork/Professional Experience Program.

Assessment of Students

Students are expected to take an active responsibility for their own education by identifying their own learning needs, assisting the placement supervisor in planning and implementing the learning experiences, being familiar with and adhering to procedures and rules laid down by the University and the affiliating centre, and in evaluating their own performance.

The placement supervisor performs the role of teacher, facilitator, coordinator and professional role model. Supervision may be conducted by staff of the respective academic unit for the on campus clinics, or by external practitioners at external sites, who are expert in their professional area.

The nature of the assessment varies across academic units but generally includes a student evaluation by both the supervisor and the student, the satisfactory completion of the learning objectives, as well as a variety of assignments that may include case studies, essays, verbal presentations and practical examinations. The clinical education unit may be assessed on a graded scale or on a pass/fail basis.

Exercise and Sport Science Placements

This information is provided by the Clinical and Professional Fieldwork team across the faculty, with specific tailoring to the needs of students within the Discipline of Exercise and Sports Science, including exercise physiology and exercise science.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) & Graduate Entry Masters in Exercise Physiology

Professional placements are a critical part of the competency development of students in all professional entry programs (courses). All undergraduate students within the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) and post graduate students within the Master in Exercise Physiology programs are initially provided with grounding in professional placement working with an apparently healthy population. This is then followed by placements with populations with clinical issues to provide the student with an environment where they develop general and profession specific attributes while using clinical knowledge to provide exercise assessment, interpretation, development, implementation and evaluation with various clinical populations. Before undertaking each placement students should familiarise themself with the information on this website to ensure they meet the necessary policy requirements and are well prepared.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Professional placements are a critical part of the development of student competencies within the program (course). Students may attend 2 placements with a variety of populations, including apparently healthy, sporting and athletic populations. Students should aim to develop their general and professional attributes and skills in exercise intervention and project management. Before undertaking each placement students should familiarise themself with the information on this website to ensure they meet the necessary policy requirements and are well prepared. It is important to note that while appropriate vaccinations would be beneficial, they are not a necessity for professional placement in this course.

Exercise and Sport Science Staff

For contact details for Exercise and Sport Science placement staff visit Staff Contact Information.