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SES3299 Professional Placement 3

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Professional Placement 3
Units : 0.5
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


Pre-requisite: SES2299


This course focuses on the requirement for students to complete the final 100 hours of professional practice of the total 140 hours in a sport and exercise setting. The professional placement hours are 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 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 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 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.


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. Record keeping. 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. 80.00
3. Professional development: Professional literature. Professional development and networking. Work based action research. Acquiring business or other relevant skills. Special interest development (e.g., working with aged or disabled clients).
Working with relevant health professionals and other discipline areas. Personal career planning and development (including networking, CV, interview skills, further study options, etc.)

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 6.00
Practicum 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Pro Practice Logbook & Report 1 100 20 Jun 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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 100 hours of placement and all placement requirements.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Professional Practice Logbook 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 and satisfactorily complete the Professional Practice Logbook Report (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, 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. 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.

  4. • Students must complete the requirements of this course outlined in the Sport and Exercise Professional Placement Handbook before undertaking professional placement.
    • The 100 hours of professional hands on 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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: