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Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc+BSc)


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Title Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc+BSc)
Course Code B1352
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
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Academic Chair: Dr Alasdair Dempsey | Email: Alasdair.Dempsey@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6526

Qualification Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) + Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Exercise Science and Psychology are complementary disciplines and the skills and knowledge within both will set up students to be successful in either discipline. For students who go on to work in Exercise Science area, the addition of Psychology will support them in implementing interventions with both individuals and groups. The combined degree also sets up students for progression thorough further study to become a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. As exercise has been found to beneficial for many psychological conditions, students progressing onto other aspect of Psychology will be able to draw on their knowledge to improve their practice.

Throughout your studies in Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, you will develop skills and knowledge in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and sport and exercise psychology. This will allow you to develop industry-relevant knowledge and skills to turn your passion for sport, exercise and health into a career that contributes to a healthier community. You will become competent in prescribing exercise, as well as assessing and improving the movement of both athletes the general population. In your third year, you will apply your knowledge and skills while gaining hands-on experience by participating in an industry practicum. Students in the combined degree will be provided an opportunity to gain skills directly related to Sports Psychology practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology will equips students with broad theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology as well as job-ready skills in analysis, writing, research, communication, and teamwork. Psychology is a varied discipline encompassing many aspects of human behaviour from individual differences such as personality and cognitive ability, to emotions, motivations, memory, and social influences. The course will provide the foundations for a professional career as a Psychologist, but also offers a range of additional career options including health, and rehabilitation, community work, marketing, counselling, human resources, and research, to name just a few. At Murdoch, we teach the established basis of psychological knowledge and methods integrated with the latest developments and exciting new trends in the field.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence.
Course Learning Outcomes On completion of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science students will be able to:
CLO1. Describe human physiology, psychology, biomechanics and motor control in the context of exercise science.
CLO2. Discuss the scope of practice for an Accredited Exercise Scientist and appropriate referral pathways.
CLO3. Create and develop exercise programs for apparently healthy clients and sporting populations.
CLO4. Utilise and interpret appropriate assessment tools.
CLO5. Communicate effectively to clients and other health professional.
CLO6. Utilise the principles of Evidence Based Practice by evaluating the scientific literature and client needs to create appropriate exercise interventions or advice for apparently healthy clients or sporting populations.

On completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) students will be able to:
CLO1. Demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts in psychology.
CLO2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major methods of investigation used in psychological research.
CLO3. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal frameworks that apply to the profession of psychology.
CLO4. Communicate psychological knowledge, adhering to current conventions within the discipline.
CLO5. Present a sustained argument that synthesises psychological research to address a topic.
CLO6. Critically evaluate arguments and empirical research.
CLO7. Independently conduct a literature search for a particular purpose.
CLO8. Design empirical studies to answer questions about human behaviour and mental processes.
Employment Prospects Sports Teams, Gymnasiums, Peak Sports Bodies, Health Promotion, Local Government, Private Practice (with further study).
Professional Recognition This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Currently, one additional year of study in psychology is necessary to achieve the minimum 4-year academic qualification standard for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. From July 1 2022, two additional years of study in psychology will be required for provisional registration. To be able to utilise the title of Sport and Exercise Psychologist students will be required to undertake a minimum of 2 additional years of study. Graduates will be able to register with Exercise and Sports Science Australia as an Accredited Exercise Scientist. They will also be eligible to enter the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology to become registered as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
Professional Accreditation The course will be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia at the level of Accredited Exercise Scientist.
The course will be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 9 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

EXS309 Exercise Science Practicum - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, Y-placement

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external


MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

Course Core - 3 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Exercise Science Course Core Units - 48 credit points

BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS102 Human Physiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS116 Functional Human Anatomy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS124 Introduction to Sports Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS201 Sport and Exercise Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS202 Exercise Physiology I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS203 Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS204 Biomechanics I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS205 Acquisition of Skills and Motor Control - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS223 Strength and Resistance Training - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS301 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS302 Exercise Physiology II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS303 Exercise, Programming and Prescription - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS304 Biomechanics II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EXS305 Advanced Skills and Motor Control - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EXS306 Physical Assessment and Rehabilitation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Psychology Major - 36 credit points

MJ-PSC: Psychology


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