Courses & Units

Professional Experience in Exercise and Sport Science CXA327


Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies.  Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available.  To be eligible to undertake PEP all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements.

Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP days MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.

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This practicum unit brings together core fundamental exercise and sports science knowledge and skills and requires students to apply them to work in supervised practice. The unit aims to provide learning experiences that prepare students for practice. The focus is on professional experiential learning, including application of core theoretical knowledge and threshold concepts related to exercise science. Students further develop and apply practical skills around health-related fitness for the apparently healthy population. They are empowered to successfully enter the workforce with the development of skills in writing curriculum vitae, job applications, and the development of effective interview and self-promotion strategies. Self-reflection on performance and assessment of performance against the key criteria required for recognition as an Accredited Exercise Scientist, are essential.


Unit name Professional Experience in Exercise and Sport Science
Unit code CXA327
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Sibella Hardcastle
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professionalism in various communication modes in Exercise & Sports Science practice settings.
  • Apply ethical and legal decision-making principles to prioritise client safety in Exercise & Sports Science practice settings.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective Exercise & Sports Science practice to facilitate client’s health and performance goals.
  • Reflect on and evaluate own practicum performance to plan for future professional development needs as a graduate Accredited Exercise Scientist.
  • Create a professional portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency to practice using the key criteria required for recognition as an Accredited Exercise Scientist.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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CXA233 and CXA234 and CXA203 and ESP368


Teaching Pattern

Practicum placement – 140 hours during semeseter

2 hours of self directed learning each week using materials provided on the unit MyLO site in weeks 1 - 7.

AssessmentPortfolio: Part 1 – Competency Evidence & Portfolio: Part 2 - Reflection and Professional Development Plan (50%)|Case Report (50%)|Practicum: Part 1 - Competency Assessment & Part 2: Record of engagement form
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