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Exercise Physiology Practicum (EXS509)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: TS13-placement (quota of 40 places), TS21-placement (quota of 40 places)
Description The student will develop their 'hands on' training and experience within this unit. This unit will enable students' to work alongside health professionals, and in particular, ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologists. This unit will enable the student to see the transfer of knowledge from the classroom into the workplace, with the specific emphasis being on the delivery of exercise to clinical populations. This unit is a year-long practicum unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Illustrate the scope of practice of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and the scope of roles available for AEP practice.
2. Employ core principles of case management and appropriate clinical reporting in the delivery of clinical, health and wellness, work conditioning and rehabilitation services within the boundaries of the ESSA AEP scope of practice and the healthcare system framework.
3. Practise professional conduct that incorporates the principles, legislation, regulations, rights and responsibilities that underpin: the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice; therapeutic and collegial relationships; and professional practice in a client centred, multi-disciplinary care environment.
4. Employ evidence-based practice and professional clinical practice principles in the practice of the profession of an AEP.
5. Employ strong communication skills for engaging with clients, parents, carers and significant others, accounting for sociocultural and individual factors.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours in first teaching week of January each year
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is centred around the industry placement experience. Two workshops are conducted prior to the students' placement, these focus on professionalism and industry standards. Students are then placed by the placement coordinator and closely followed throughout their industry experience by face-to-face interviews and scheduled email contact (e.g. 25% hours completed). Students complete a log-book in consultation with the industry supervisor which are reviewed by the unit coordinators. On average, students will be placed in three different service providers across the year.
Other Learning Experiences a. Students must complete a minimum of 360 hours in a clinical setting in accordance with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) requirements. This will be arranged in consultation with the Unit Coordinator.
b. Students will be required to complete a series of online modules throughout the year.
Assessment Students will be required to complete the following: (i) competent completion of practicum hours (along with submission of relevant forms) in each clinical category, wherein competence will be assessed by the practicum supervisor on a standardised reference form; (ii) demonstrate competency in the Viva Examinations performed at the completion of each clinical area; (iii) Pass all online assessments associated with the workshops
Prerequisites Enrolment in G1073 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology or B1336 BSc/GradDipClinExPhys OR B1349 BSportExSc/ GradDipClinExPhys and completion of years 1-3.
Prerequisites OR CO-requisites:
EXS501, EXS502, EXS503
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI570/EXS570 Exercise Physiology Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students are required to be up to date with their first aid certificate. Note, additional requirements may be mandated by your placement (e.g. working with children check; vaccination schedule etc.).
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited availability of practical placements. Enrolment in G1073 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology or B1336 BSc/GradDipClinExPhys.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2016: EXS409
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology (GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2016]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Timothy Fairchild
Associate Professor in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2959
e: T.Fairchild@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.017 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS13-Placement
MURDOCH: TS21-Placement
Associate Professor Timothy Fairchild
Associate Professor in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2959
e: T.Fairchild@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.017 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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