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SES2299 Professional Placement 2

Semester 2, 2020 External
Short Description: Professional Placement 2
Units : 0.2
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
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: Lisa Seiler


Pre-requisite: SES1299 and BIO1203 and SES1101 and SES1002 and SES2203
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BIO1206 and SES2205 and SES2201


This course focuses on the requirement to complete 20 hours of professional practice of the total 140 hours required in a sport and exercise setting. Professional placement is spread over three courses (SES2199, SES2299, SES3299) throughout the program of study. The acquisition of a competent level of knowledge and skills relevant to the level of study completed is required to be demonstrated. The ability to apply knowledge and skills in an ethically responsible and risk managed manner is also required.


This course provides students with the opportunity to gain further insight into authentic professional practice in a sport and exercise context. The course will enable students to develop the ability to communicate theoretical knowledge and to apply practical skills acquired in their program of study thus far, 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 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 as needed.
  3. Engage in a critical reflection of knowledge and skills required for successful professional practice.
  4. Effectively communicate (verbally and nonverbally) 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.
  6. Assist with exercise testing and exercise sessions as instructed by supervisor, and within the scope of practice for the respective year level.


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. 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, aged etc.) 80.00
3. Professional development: Professional literature. Professional development and networking. 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

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

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Exercise and Sports Science Australia 2017, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice,
University of Southern Queensland 2020, 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, E.O. & Starks, M.A (2011), Exercise testing and prescription lab manual, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Carling, C., Reilly, T. & Williams, A.M (2008), Performance assessment for field sports. Physiological, psychological and match notational assessment in practice, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
Haff, G. & Dumke, C (2018), Laboratory manual for exercise physiology, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Heyward, V.H (2019), Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 8th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Kaminsky, L.A (2019), ACSM's Health-related physical fitness assessment manual, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Pescatello, L.S. & American College of Sports Medicine (2017), ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th 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 2.00
Online Lectures 5.00
Practicum 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Evaluation Form 4 25 22 Oct 2020 (see note 1)
Practicum Logbook 1 50 22 Oct 2020 (see note 2)
Practicum Report 10 25 22 Oct 2020 (see note 3)

  1. Assessment item due 14 days post placement completion.
  2. Assessment item due 14 days post placement completion.
  3. Assessment item due 14 days post placement completion.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and placement sessions) 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. All students must be available to undertake 20 hours of placement and all placement requirements.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Evaluation Form, a student must submit and receive 50% (mark out of 4) for this item. To satisfactorily complete the Practicum Logbook, a student must submit and receive 100% of the marks (mark 1 out of 1) for this item. To satisfactorily complete the Practicum Report, a student must submit and receive 50% of the marks (mark out of 10) 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 receive 50% of the marks (mark out of 4) for the Evaluation Form, submit and satisfactorily complete the Practicum Logbook and receive 100% of the marks (mark 1 out of 1) for this item, and submit and receive 50% of the marks (mark out of 10) for the Practicum Report.

  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. 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. Students residing within a 50km radius of either the USQ Ipswich or Toowoomba campus will be allocated a placement in the respective area. All students residing further than 50km away from a USQ campus are allocated a placement in their local area. If a suitable placement is not available in the student’s local area, the student is required to travel and attend placement where a suitable placement site has been established.

  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 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.

  4. Professional Placement:

    Students must complete the requirements of this course outlined in the Sport and Exercise Professional Placement Handbook before undertaking professional placement, which include holding a current CPR and First Aid certificate, Working with Children check, and having signed a Student Declaration. Professional experience must be gained in areas of sport and exercise performance, fitness, or health and wellbeing, which can include workplace health, clinical services and sport and exercise research. A combination of experiences in a variety of settings and with different populations is expected during the program of study. SES 2299 involves 20 hours of placement where students are required to observe, assist with, and reflect on the activities performed by the professional staff at the allocated placement site. Students must only engage in activities which are commensurate with knowledge and skills acquired in their program studies thus far. 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 will be undertaken in a single block time over two or three weeks unless there are extenuating circumstances. The supervisors for the professional practice will be required to meet certain qualification and/or related experience guidelines. Students will complete a logbook and other nominated assessment requirements and supervisors will be required to approve or counter-sign a logbook and complete a report for the student’s completed professional practice.

    Students must have successfully completed the entire professional placement requirements at the end of the semester 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.
    All required reports are to be submitted within two weeks of the last day of completion of the professional placement. Students who fail to submit assessment items by the due date, are at risk of failing and having to repeat the course, at their own cost.
    All professional placements are organised by the Professional Experience Placement Team and the Placement Coordinator and are subject to 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 or 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:

Date printed 19 September 2020