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SES1299 Professional Placement 1

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Professional Placement 1
Units : 0.3
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Lisa Seiler


This course addresses the requirement for students to complete the first 20 hours of professional practice of the total 140 hours in a sport and exercise setting. The 140 hours is undertaken over three courses (SES2199, SES2299 & SES3299) 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 predominantly provides observational learning regarding the nature of the authentic professional experience in a sport and exercise context. The course also provides the opportunity to observe practical applications of sport and exercise skills. 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 will 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 client management reports.
  3. Engage in critical reflection of professional practice for ongoing improvement (particularly in the area of meeting client goals including the identification and referral of clients to relevant medical or allied health professionals).
  4. Demonstrate effective communication (verbal and nonverbal) skills when interacting 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 expectations

Activity Hours
Online Lectures 20.00
Practicum 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Prof Practice Logbook & Report 1 100 24 Oct 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Due no later than last week of June.

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. For external students there are no weekly attendance requirements. All students must be available to undertake 20hrs of placement and all placement requirements.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Professional Practice Report a student must submit and receive 100% of the marks (mark 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 the Professional Practice Report and receive 100% of the marks (mark of 1) for this item.

  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. 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.

  3. Professional Placement:
    1. Students must complete the requirements of this course outlined in the Sport and Exercise Professional Placement Handbook before undertaking professional placement.
    2. The 20 hours of professional experience must be gained in areas of sport and exercise performance, workplace health, hospital or clinical services 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.
    3. In the total of 140 hours of professional practice it is expected that there be a minimum of 80 hours of time for face-to-face exercise assessment, prescribing and delivery
    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 counter-sign a log-book and complete a report for the 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 each year. 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. Generally, the professional placement requirements may be undertaken at any convenient time in either a block or weekly (minimum of 4 hours a week unless otherwise approved) period of time. Preferably the professional placement will be undertaken in a single block time over two or three weeks unless there are extenuating circumstances. All required reports are to be submitted within two weeks of the last day of completion of the professional placement.
    7. All professional placements are subject to the approval. Students will be provided with a list of possible sites or may seek placement at a site with approval. Students will not contact sites seeking professional placement. 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.
    To cover all eventualities it will be expected that all students will obtain a suitability card or equivalent in each state within three months of commencing the BSES program and before any professional placement. 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: