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SES1299 Professional Placement 1

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 0.3
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing

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Examiner: Kenneth Edwards
Moderator: Robert Crowther


This course focuses on the requirement to complete 140 hours of professional practice in a sport and exercise setting spread over three courses during 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 an ethically responsible and risk managed manner is required.


This course provides preliminary learning regarding the nature of the authentic professional experience to be undertaken. 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 demonstrate:

  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 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.


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. Communication ? verbal and nonverbal. Identify networks of medical and allied health professionals and refer clients where appropriate. Evidence based practice. Behavioural aspects and the client relationship. Reflective practice and assessment of performance in the workplace. Developing complementary skills (e.g., coaching and first aid). 80.00
3. Professional development: Professional literature. Work based research. Acquiring business or other relevant skills. Special interest development (e.g., working with aged or disabled clients). 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 2.00
Online Lectures 5.00
Professional Experience 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 20 99 03 Mar 2015
Professional Practice Report 1 1 03 Mar 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to 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..

  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 Professional Practice Report a student must receive 100% of the marks.

  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 satisfactorily complete each item and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination for this course, there will be no supplementary or deferred 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. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments 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. //

Other requirements

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

  2. Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the external offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. Risk Management: This course involves 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 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.