Courses & Units

Bachelor of Exercise Science M3Q



The Bachelor of Exercise Science is a 3.5 year program that aims to produce graduates who meet the professional requirements of an Exercise Scientist (as determined by Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA)). Graduates may be employed in the private and public sectors. Exercise and sport scientists provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise in a diverse range of populations including healthy adults to elite athletes.

Graduates may also be able to pursue research in exercise science or to apply for post-graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, rehabilitation, and medicine.

All years of the degree are taught at the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania, primarily within the School of Health Sciences with professional practicum in Years 3 or 4 undertaken within a relevant professional setting.


Course Name Bachelor of Exercise Science
Course Abbreviation BExSc
Course Duration 3.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 8 Years
CRICOS code 058480M
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health



Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 1


The Bachelor of Exercise Science prepares students to work as exercise scientists, sport scientists or to pursue research or professional/allied health focussed postgraduate studies.

Career Outcomes

 Graduates may be employed in hospitals, gymnasiums and private practices. Graduates can also work as sport scientists with professional teams as well as State and National Sporting Academies and Institutes. They may be employable as cardiac technicians in hospitals and surgeries.

Exercise Science graduates have been employed in a diverse range of related careers such as respiratory and sleep technicians/scientists, medical sales representatives, Health/Education project officers and sports development officers.

Graduates may also be able to pursue research in Exercise Science or apply for post-graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, dietetics and medicine.

A limited number of places for high achieving students are available in a formally linked Masters of Physiotherapy program at the University of South Australia.

Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching may continue their studies with a Master of Teaching.

Professional Recognition

Graduands from the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be eligible for membership with ESSA.

Additional Information

This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary background and skills to become and Exercise Scientist and as such requires students to complete a practicum unit. Students require a certain level of manual dexterity to complete this course. If you have concerns, please contact the School of Health Sciences or the University of Tasmania Disability Officer. 

Students are required to have a vaccination for Hepatitis B, complete a First Aid Certificate prior to undertaking the practicum unit and may be required to provide a police check depending on the practicum organisation.

Some units and practicum requirements may be outside normal university semesters.


Minimum University requirements, including Physical Sciences TQA3 (PSC315109) (or equivalent), plus one other science subject from:Health Studies TQA3 (HLT315108), Sports Science TQA3(SPT315108), Mathematics Applied TQC3 (MTA315109), Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), Mathematics Specialised TQA3 (MTS315109), Biology TQA3 (BIO315109), Chemistry TQA3 (CHM315109), or Physics TQA3 (PHY315109), or equivalent. Students who do not have pre-tertiary Physical Sciences or equivalent should complete KYA004 Physics Foundation Unit offered in Spring Semester and it is highly recommended that students also complete the Chemistry Foundation unit (KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit) offered in Summer Semester. Students who do not meet the prerequisites should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Exercise Science.


All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health  Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The only exception is the Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.


A quota applies to this course.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students in the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be able to transfer to Bachelor of Health Science at the end of Year 1.

Some high achieving Year 1 Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Human Movement students may be able to transfer into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Exercise Science if places are available.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • CXA171Cell Biology and FunctionDetails

    Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA101Introduction to Medical Laboratory SciencesDetails

    This unit equips you with clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge that links to other first year units and that underpins learning in future units within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Health Science and Exercise Science programs. At the end…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • KRA161Chemistry for Life SciencesDetails

    This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA103Health: Determinants and AnalysisDetails

    This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA100Food StudiesDetails

    This is a general nutrition unit which provides an overview of food and nutrition. It considers the influence of culture and ethnicity on food choice and explores the issues of food use from demographic, epidemiological and anthropological sources. It focuses…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA125Introductory BiochemistryDetails

    Provides a basic introduction to biochemistry for students in health, exercise & marine sciences, complementing studies in cell biology and chemistry for life sciences. The unit also provides an introduction to metabolic biochemistry and molecular biology. It considers the basic…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • KHA112Psychology BDetails

    This unit provides a further introduction to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include research methods, intelligence, social psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Students are required to undertake additional reading to extend their knowledge…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA172Anatomy and Physiology 1Details

    Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA102Introduction to Health SciencesDetails

    This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences area or allied health training. This unit introduces students to the nature and importance of written communication skills essential for both study and professional practice within the health sciences.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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Year 2

  • CXA273Anatomy and Physiology 2Details

    Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA232KinesiologyDetails

    This unit is designed to give Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Health Science students an introduction to analysis of human movement.The focus is on comparative motion analysis and functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA261Metabolic BiochemistryDetails

    The unit provides an in-depth study of the biochemistry of metabolic fuels with an emphasis on carbohydrates & lipids, associated metabolic reactions, pathways, enzymes and metabolic regulation.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • ESP209The Psychology of Sport & Physical ActivityDetails

    The application of psychological principles within physical activity settings has increased dramatically in recent years. Athletes, coaches, teachers and administrators have come to recognise that adherence to psychology principles in the development of their educational programmes results in improved outcomes…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA237Exercise Physiology & NutritionDetails

    This unit examines the physiological response to exercise, the physiological adaptations to exercise training and the regulation of exercise performance. Topics covered in this unit include respiratory, cardiac and muscle physiology, the role of the central nervous system in exercise,…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA301BiomechanicsDetails

    Assumes an understanding of the information presented in CXA232Kinesiology and builds an understanding of biomechanical principles and research techniques. Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces.…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • ESP233Motor LearningDetails

    A cornerstone to the profession of human movement is an understanding of how people move. The ability to understand and explain how people learn motor skills is at the core of successful physical activity program design. An understanding of the…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • ESP320Exercise PyschologyDetails

    Psychological factors are recognised as having an important part to play in the attainment of success in all achievement contexts. Increasingly, there is a demand for health professionals to deliver non-clinical programmes designed to complement and integrate with other health…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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Year 3

  • CXA313Health Promotion: Principles and PlanningDetails

    This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA385Nutrition and DiseaseDetails

    CXA385 Nutrition and Disease is designed to provide you with an increased understanding of metabolism in the human body and the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in both health and under physiological stress of disease. The unit…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA314Assessment and Prescription for Strength and ConditioningDetails

    This unit builds upon students' general knowledge of functional anatomy and principles of training and introduces students to principles of assessment and prescription for strength and conditioning. This includes testing the associated fitness variables of strength, power, speed and agility,…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • Approved Elective
  • CXA402Injury Prevention & ManagementDetails

    Injury Management and Prevention will be studied from anatomical, biomechanical and patho-physiological perspectives, building on knowledge from previous units, including kinesiology. The emphasis is on understanding the mechanisms, prevention and immediate management of injury in different populations and environments. The…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA308Exercise Assessment and PrescriptionDetails

    This unit teaches students how to measure "fitness" and design exercise training programs as well as introducing professional applications of exercise and sports science. The application of laboratory based tests will be covered in lectures and laboratories. The unit explores…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA386Research and Topics in Health SciencesDetails

    Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA307Applied Anatomy and NeurosciencesDetails

    This unit extends the anatomical knowledge gained in CXA172 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and CXA232 Kinesiology, and expands students understanding of skeletal and musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and nervous system anatomy and physiology in health and disease. Analyses of practical…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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Year 4

  • CXA403Directed Study in ExerciseDetails

    This unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake detailed investigation of a topic of interest within their general field of study. The study may be performed as an individual or as part of a small group. The specific syllabus…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA404Practicum in Exercise Science 1Details

    The Practicum in Exercise Science is a core unit in the Bachelor of Exercise Science program. This unit is designed to make students aware of the requirements of the Exercise Science industry and the working environment of various organisations in…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA438Clinical Exercise PhysiologyDetails

    This unit teaches a comprehensive range of knowledge and skills that are important for clinical exercise testing and the prescription of exercise for clinical populations. A theoretical background for clinical exercise testing is provided with a focus on the validity…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • Approved Elective
^ CXA404 The compulsory Practicum in Exercise 1 is to be completed at the end of Year 3, Sem 5 or Sem 3 or Year 4, Semester 1.


Availability of electives may be constrained by timetable clashes.
  • CXA321ImmunologyDetails

    Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA212Pathology of Common DiseasesDetails

    This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA300Human Molecular BiologyDetails

    This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • ESP319Sports CoachingDetails

    This unit develops knowledge and skills in the area of sports coaching, with a large emphasis placed on coaching pedagogy highlighting the social, cultural and pedagogical concepts underpinning good coaching practice. It also touches on the application of sports science…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • ESP330Advanced Motor LearningDetails

    Motor learning is a foundational area of human movement. An advanced knowledge of motor learning will allow for a greater understanding of the underlying processes responsible for the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Movement educators, whether they are teachers,…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA262Cell and Molecular BiochemistryDetails

    Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA214Community and Public Health NutritionDetails

    This is a practical unit providing students with an overview of public health nutrition principles and practices. Students will develop an understanding of public health nutrition priorities such as obesity prevention; economic, geographically and socially disadvantaged communities; international nutrition; food…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • BMA101Introduction to ManagementDetails

    Provides students with an introduction to management concepts, functions and strategies. The unit outlines the key functions of management. The unit then explores the context surrounding management functioning, including an analysis of the broad environment in which organisations operate, the…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CXA309Health Services and Health InformaticsDetails

    This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australian Health Care system and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically examine and review the current and emerging trends in health care delivery and includes topics such…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1. Candidates for the Bachelor of Exercise Science shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission and have Physical Sciences 5C, plus one other Science (Health Studies 5C HP810, Sports Science 5C HP817, Mathematics Applied 5C (MAP5C), Mathematics Methods (MME5C), Mathematics Specialised 5C (MSP5C), Biology 5C (BIO5C), Chemistry 5C (CHM5C), Physics 5C (PHY5C).

2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three and a half separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than seven years from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall: pass twenty eight units comprising: (a) a compulsory core of twenty five units and (b) three elective units and undertake such practical exercises/experience as may be required to satisfy the degree requirements.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with the Schedules for the Bachelor of Exercise Science accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Health  and as summarised in Schedule for the Bachelor of Exercise Science.

6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting (8 units), or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, more than 50% (4 units) weighting.

7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree*.


10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2007 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

12. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Exercise Science shall be BExSc.