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SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Advanced Professional Placemnt
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lisa Seiler


Pre-requisite: SES8006 and SES8007


This course addresses the requirement for students to complete a total of 140 hours of professional practice in a sport and exercise setting. The professional practice will be undertaken over the year of the program of study. The acquisition of a competent level of knowledge and skills relevant to the level of study completed is required. The ability to apply knowledge and skills in a professional and ethically responsible manner in accordance with risk managed management is required.


This course builds on preliminary learning regarding the nature of the authentic professional experience to be undertaken in an external environment based on the students' interest area. The course provides the opportunity to develop the ability to communicate theoretical knowledge and to apply practical skills in a proficient manner. The course outlines opportunities to value add to professional skills developed during the course and as a practitioner. The importance of evidence based research and the ability to draw together knowledge and skills from different discipline areas is outlined. Effective time management skills and work related documentation processes to ensure successful completion of the course are provided during the program of study.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the practical application of knowledge and skills in a work context (especially in relation to risk management) and which is reflective of the level of study completed.
  2. Compile relevant professional practice documentation and prepare and/or interpret client management reports.
  3. Engage in a critical reflection of professional practice for ongoing improvement (particularly in the area of meeting client goals – includes the identification and referral of clients to relevant medical or allied health professionals).
  4. Demonstrate effective communication (verbal and nonverbal) skills in interactions with supervisors, colleagues and clients.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of professional presentation and perform in a professional and ethical manner while displaying a high level of evidence based knowledge and skills drawn from interactions with other discipline areas.
  6. Perform relevant assessments, design and justify the relevant exercise prescription program/s based on both the assessment outcomes and the client’s goals and health, and deliver appropriate exercise programs in a safe and professional manner.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Sport and Exercise Science: Overview of the area. Nature of the role and professional and ethical considerations. Personal characteristics and responsibilities (including motivation and attitude). Professional standards and professional associations. 10.00
2. Professional practice: Knowledge and skills. Personal professional presentation (dress, hygiene). Interpersonal skills – including interactions with supervisors, colleagues and clients. Organisation and management skills. Communication – verbal and nonverbal. Identify networks of medical and allied health professionals and refer clients where appropriate. Evidence based practice. Ethical and professional behavioural aspects and the client relationship. Reflective practice and assessment of performance in the workplace. Developing complementary skills (e.g. coaching and first aid). Special populations and issues (e.g. Indigenous Australians etc.) Workplace Health and Safety. Resilience and work. Self-managed teams. 80.00
3. Professional development: Professional literature. Professional development and networking. Work based action research. Acquiring business or other relevant skills. Working with relevant health professionals and other discipline areas. Special interest development (e.g. working with aged or disabled clients). Personal career planning and development (including networking, CV, interview skills, further study options, etc.). Mentoring skills and conflict resolution skills. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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University of Southern Queensland 2021, Sport and Exercise Professional Placement Handbook.
(Available through the USQ Health, Engineering and Sciences placements site

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Acevedo, EO & Starks, (2011), Exercise testing and prescription lab manual, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
American College of Sports Medicine (2018), ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Heyward, V.H., (2014), Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 7th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Kaminsky, L.A., (2017), ACSM's Health-related physical fitness assessment manual, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Swain, D.P., & Leutholtz, B.C., (2007), Exercise prescription: a case study approach to the ACSM guidelines, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 7.00
Online Lectures 8.00
Professional Experience 140.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
LOGBOOK 1 50 04 Jun 2021 2 (see note 1)
PRACTICUM REPORT 40 20 04 Jun 2021 1,3,4,5,6 (see note 2)
SUPERVISOR FINAL REPORT 4 15 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 3)
SUPERVISOR INTERIM REPORT 1 15 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 4)

  1. Logbooks must be submitted weekly while on placement, and be approved by supervisor within 14 days of completing professional placement. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  2. Practicum report due 14 days after completing all placement hours.
  3. Supervisor final report due 14 days after completing all 140 hours of professional placement.
  4. Supervisor interim report due within 14 days of having completed 70 hours of professional placement.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must complete the pre-placement requirements for this course as outlined in the Sport and Exercise Professional Placement Handbook before undertaking 140 hrs of professional placement.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the assignment a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. To satisfactorily complete the supervisor interim report, a student must submit this item mid-way through their placement. To satisfactorily complete the supervisor final report, a student must achieve 50% of the marks available (mark 2 or higher out of 4) for this item. To satisfactorily complete the logbook a student must submit and receive 100% of the marks (mark 1 out of 1) for this item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit and obtain 100% for the logbook and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the supervisor final report and assignment.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Risk Management: This course may involve active participation in physical activity. The course examiner should be informed of any medical conditions which may be influenced by physical involvement. Students need to wear the USQ Sport and Exercise shirt, and clothing and athletic shoes appropriate to the conditions. In some cases practical sessions will be run in an outdoor environment. Appropriate consideration should be given to issues associated with sun safety, including items such as headwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. There are no other risks beyond the ordinary.

  3. The 140 hours of professional experience must be gained in areas of sport and exercise performance, fitness, or health and wellbeing, including workplace health, and in sport and exercise research. A combination of experiences in a variety of settings and with different populations is expected during the program of study.

  4. The supervisors for the professional practice will be required to meet certain qualification and/or related experience guidelines. Students will complete a log-book and other nominated requirements and supervisors will be required to approve or counter-sign the log-book and complete a report for the student's completed professional practice.

  5. Students must have successfully completed the entire professional placement requirements at the end of each full year of study to meet the requirements of this course. This will include the completion of appropriate documentation as well as the submission of relevant reports. This will be monitored to ensure compliance.

  6. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in an approved site to complete the requirements of this course. Professional placement requirements may be undertaken in either a block or weekly (minimum of 8 hours a week unless otherwise approved) period of time. Generally, the professional placement will be undertaken in a single block time over maximum 14 weeks unless there are extenuating circumstances. All required reports are to be submitted within 14 days of the last day of completing the professional placement.

  7. All professional placements are organised by the Professional Experience Placement Team and Placement Coordinator and are subject to approval. Students may provide the Placement Coordinator with a list of preferred placement sites, but students must not contact sites seeking professional placement themselves, unless approved by the Placement Coordinator. No payment may be received for the professional placement. Professional placement will be organised around other course requirements in the program – and it cannot be used as a basis for seeking assessment extensions.

  8. To cover all eventualities it will be expected that all students will obtain a suitability card or equivalent in each state three months before enrolling in SES8299. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see:

Date printed 18 June 2021