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SES1002 Introduction to Sport and Exercise

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Intro to Sport and Exercise
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lisa Seiler


This course focuses on providing insights, foundational knowledge and skills specific to sport and exercise courses and programs. This course presents fundamental information essential to understanding sport and exercise concepts and constructs in order to introduce commencing students to specialised levels of professional expertise in sport and exercise. Completion of this course will enable students to develop a sound understanding of USQ graduate attributes to succeed in sport and exercise programs. The knowledge and skills introduced and developed in this course will be utilised throughout the program and are essential to professionalism.


This course will outline specific skills required in sport and exercise science and link these to sub-discipline specific scenarios. The course will address options and strategies related to studying sport and exercise content, relevant professional issues and career expectations. Students will review USQ's graduate attributes and articulate their relevance to themselves and the program and courses. Students will explore verbal and nonverbal communication (including the use of technology), critical thinking skills and the dynamics of interpersonal and group communication in a range of contexts. Students will have the opportunity to expand written, verbal and personal interaction skills, applicable to careers in sport and exercise in an ever-changing and at times challenging professional environment.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students at the Ipswich Campus and mandatory on-campus practicals for on-campus students.


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

  1. Identify professional and personal aspects associated with the discipline of sport and exercise;
  2. Explain the various sub-disciplines of sport and exercise science;
  3. Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding, proficiency and analytical expertise required for the sport and exercise science degree;
  4. Use research databases to access peer-reviewed scientific literature, conduct searches to identify relevant information, and perform a basic appraisal of research methods and reports;
  5. Examine and implement a range of scholarship and other related skills associated with studies in sport and exercise;
  6. Engage in and justify the use of effective and transferable communication skills (verbal and nonverbal) and interpersonal and group communication in a range of contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to sport and exercise science. Program and course outlines (includes individual enrolment patterns, modes of study and conduct of courses). Course study planning. Personal study, career options and expectations. Professional issues (such as ESSA accreditation). Sport and exercise staff and roles. 20.00
2. Course focus and overview: Sport and Exercise program and course objectives. USQ Graduate attributes. 10.00
3. Study and research skills related to sport and exercise, including effective oral and written communication skills; basic Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills; ethical research, inquiry and analysis of journal articles; academic writing and literacy skills (including APA referencing); critical thinking skills; note taking, editing and correcting work; completing different forms of assessments; individual and group/teamwork dynamics; time management, planning and organisational skills; StudyDesk navigation, use and involvement; awareness of USQ support services. 70.00

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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Reaburn, P., Dascombe, B., Reed, R., Jones, A., & Weyers, J (2011), Practical skills in sport and exercise, Prentice Hall, Pearson Education.

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.
Archee, R., Gurney, M., & Mohan, T (2013), Communicating as professionals, 3rd edn, Cengage.
Eunson, B (2016), Communicating in the 21st century, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons Aust Ltd.
Grellier, J., & Goerke, V (2018), Communication skills toolkit: unlocking the secrets of tertiary success, 4th edn, Cengage Learning.
Kossen, C., Kiernan, E., & Lawrence, J (2018), Communicating for success, 2nd edn, Pearson Education.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 52.00
Practical Classes 12.00
Private Study 89.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assessment 1 39 39 01 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Assessment 2 30 30 29 Apr 2021 1,4,5,6 (see note 2)
Practical /Residential School 1 1 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 3)
Assessment 3 30 30 10 Jun 2021 4,5,6 (see note 4)

  1. Assessment information will be available on the course StudyDesk.
  2. Assessment information will be available on the course StudyDesk.
  3. Students must attend 80% of the Practicals or Residential School.
  4. Assessment information will be available on the course StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as 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. Attendance and participation in the practicals or residential school is mandatory and students must complete 80% attendance.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the practicals or residential school students must attend, participate and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the assessment item. To complete each of the other assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment 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 achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the practical or residential school assessment item and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary 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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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 Sports Science Australia, National University Course Accreditation Program, clinical exercise physiology.

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. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be expected to attend a residential school at the Ipswich Campus to complete practical aspects related to the course. This will involve 12 hours of necessary practical work over a two day period to successfully complete the course. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Date printed 18 June 2021