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SES4199 Clinical Professional Placement 1

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Clinical Prof Placement 1
Units : 1
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: Lainie Cameron


Pre-requisite: SES3202 and SES3299 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BSEH


This course is a requirement of the professional accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia for clinical exercise physiology. During this course students will complete 180 professional placement hours including 20 hours delivered as simulated learning activities (simulation modules).

Note that some professional placement will be required on campus at Ipswich, and some professional placement may be undertaken at other sites, which may be a considerable distance from any USQ campus. All students will be required to complete placements at more than one location.


This course will provide students with an opportunity to undertake 180 hours of clinical professional work experience within the clinical exercise physiology scope of practice. Every student's work experience will be supervised by an Exercise and Sports Science Australia Accredited Exercise Physiologist, a university-trained allied health professional (e.g. registered physiotherapist) or an exercise scientist with appropriate experience working with clients with chronic disease. Clinical work experience is intended to provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in clinical exercise physiology to enhance their professional development and potential ability.


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

  1. Competently apply clinical exercise physiology knowledge and skills in work contexts, specifically related to risk management, exercise intervention, functional conditioning and occupational rehabilitation.
  2. Compile relevant professional practice documentation, including clinical case records and reports as required by the placement sites.
  3. Engage in critical reflection of professional practice for ongoing improvement (in the area of clinical exercise physiology, including identification and referral of clients to relevant medical or allied health professionals).
  4. Present self professionally, and perform clinical exercise physiology work in a professional and ethical manner, while displaying evidence-based knowledge and skills appropriate for a novice practitioner, and integrating knowledge from other courses.
  5. Apply effective communication (verbal and nonverbal) skills in interactions with supervisors, colleagues, clients, and practitioners from other clinical disciplines.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical Exercise Physiology: Overview of the area. Nature of the role and professional and ethical considerations. Personal characteristics and responsibilities (including motivation and attitude). Professional standards of Exercise and Sport Science Australia - Accredited Exercise Physiologist. 10.00
2. Professional practice: Knowledge and skills in practice. Personal professional presentation (dress, hygiene). Interpersonal skills including interactions with supervisors, colleagues and clients. Communication (verbal and nonverbal). Evidence-based practice. Scope of clinical exercise physiology practice, including knowledge and application of skills across relevant pathology domains including respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease, and metabolic disease. Behavioural aspects and the client relationship. Identify networks of medical and allied health professionals and refer clients where appropriate. Reflective practice and assessment of performance in different environments. 80.00
3. Professional development: Professional literature. Work-based research. Acquiring business administration and other relevant skills. Ongoing professional learning. Special interest development (e.g. specialised clinical exercise physiology areas). 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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American College of Sports Medicine. (2017). ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (10th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Students are expected to already own these resources:
ESSA Logbook (Electronic, available to students via InPlace)
Coombes, J, & Skinner, T. (2013) ESSA?s student manual for health, exercise and sport assessment. Sydney, NSW: Elsevier.

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.
Reference materials will be made available to students via Study Desk. Reference materials, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the course content and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 180.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Attendance (sim modules0 10 10 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
OSCE 40 40 26 Feb 2019 (see note 2)
Professional Practice Logbook 1 50 06 Jun 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Dates to be advised
  2. This will be held at the Ipswich campus and a date will be confirmed by the Examiner.
  3. Assessment item due 2 weeks post professional placement completion. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Student will need to attend clinical placement for this course, including clinical experience modules to be held at the Ipswich campus with a minimum 80% attendance requirement, for this course. Note that some professional placement will be required on campus at Ipswich, and some professional placement may be undertaken at other sites, which may be a considerable distance from any USQ campus. All students will be required to complete placements at more than one location. It is the student’s responsibility 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 complete the clinical experience satisfactorily, students must demonstrate that they have completed the required placement hours and fully completed the Professional Practice Logbook (comprising clinical log and supervisors’ reports). Students must also attempt and pass an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) covering 4 pathology domains of clinical exercise physiology practice: respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and metabolic.

  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 a pass in this course students must attend placement, including the simulated practicum modules, fully and satisfactorily complete the Professional Practice Logbook, and achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the OCSE by obtaining an “at standard” or better grading on each domain of the OSCE.

  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:
    Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): An OSCE covering 4 domains of clinical exercise practice will be conducted at the conclusion of this course. The OSCE will comprise 4 stations, each including a brief clinical vignette, from which the student will be instructed to demonstrate some clinical tasks, working with a trained model as a “patient”. Each station will be assessed by a single examiner. Students must perform satisfactorily (“at standard”) in all 4 stations to pass the exam, as well as obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% for the exam.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    OSCE examinations will be held at the conclusion of Semester 1 and Semester 2 (for SES4299). Deferred / Supplementary examinations for SES4199 will be held at the conclusion of Semester 2.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology program and is benchmarked against the

• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

• professional accreditation standards of the Exercise and Sport Science Australia, National University Course Accreditation Program.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Professional Placement:
    a. Students must complete the requirements of this course outlined in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Professional Placement Handbook before undertaking professional placement.
    b. The 180 hours of professional experience must be gained in the area of clinical exercise physiology.
    c. In the total of 360 hours of clinical professional practice in the program, it is expected that there be a minimum of 60% of time for face-to-face delivery, maximum of 35% of preparation for exercise service delivery and maximum of 5% of administration duties.
    d. Supervisors of the clinical professional practice are required to meet certain qualification and related experience guidelines. Supervisors will be required to counter-sign students' Professional Practice Log-books and complete a report for each student supervised.
    e. Professional Practice Logbooks and all associated reports are to be submitted within two months of the last day of completion of any clinical professional placement at a given site.
    f. All clinical professional placements are subject to the approval the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology program coordinator. Students will be allocated to clinical professional placement sites. No payment may be received for the clinical professional placement. Clinical professional placement will be organised around other course requirements in the program, and is notsufficient grounds for seeking assessment extensions.
    g. To cover all eventualities it will be expected that all students obtain a suitability card or equivalent in each state within three months of commencing the program and before any clinical professional placement. State Law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking clinical professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card).
    h. All students must obtain CPR and, first aid certification prior to any clinical professional placement. For placements within Queensland Health additional requirements, including vaccinations, may apply.

  4. Practicum simulation modules will be conducted on campus at Ipswich. Attendance is mandatory, with the benchmark for satisfactory attendance set at 80%.