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Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science)/Bachelor of Commerce (Sport Business)

Course code W31

The double degree includes concurrent study in the disciplines of Exercise and Sports Science, and Sport Business, and is ideal for those students seeking to work in management positions within sport industries.

The Exercise & Sports Science core degree gives you the knowledge and practical skills to specialise in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs – from improving general health and well-being to enhancing sport performance in elite athletes.

The Sports Business core degree gives you the knowledge and practical skills required to function as a professional and industry leader in contemporary sports agencies and organisations, as well as managing your own sport-related business.

You can study units for this double degree on-campus with weekly lectures and laboratories or through a blended format that involves weekly online content, such as lectures, laboratories, tutorials and/or seminars, accompanied by timetabled, intensive on-campus laboratory sessions twice per semester.

The Exercise & Sports Science core degree equips students with the knowledge and practical skills to specialise in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs spanning from improving general health and well-being to enhancing sport performance in elite athletes. The course commences with the study of the human body and focuses on the application to exercise and sport including; exercise physiology, exercise and sports psychology, biomechanics, motor learning and control and strength and conditioning.

The Sports Business core degree equips students with the knowledge and practical skills required to function as professionals and industry leaders in contemporary sport agencies and organisations, as well as managing their own sport business. The course commences with an introduction to the sport industry and the application of key business principles and practices including; accounting, marketing, business analytics, sport delivery systems, strategic and human resource management, funding and finance, legal aspects, sport venue and event management, and sport business planning.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W31

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $11,250

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT FT PT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W31

CRICOS code

097272G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,400

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
SPS1530Lifespan Growth and Development15
SBL1100Foundations of Business15
SPM2112Sport Delivery Systems15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1111Foundations of Fitness and Training15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
SBL1300Business Environments & Markets15
SPM2111Sport Organisation Management15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2505Exercise Physiology15
NUT1121Human Nutrition15
SBL1600Business Identity and Protocols15
SPM1102Sport and Recreation Leadership and Programming15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1502Biomechanics15
SPS2516Motor Learning and Control15
SBL1400Introduction to Business Analytics15
SPM2610Marketing and Communications for the Service Industries15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1217Functional Anatomy15
SPS2203Principles and Practices of Resistance Training15
ACC1100Accounting I15
SPM2104Managing Recreation Services and Facilities15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3111Physical Activity and Health15
MAT2107Statistical Research Methods15
SPS2524Exercise Delivery15
ECF1110Economics I15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2622 Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health15
SPS3112Exercise and Sports Science Practicum15
SPM3655Sport and Events Funding and Finance15
SPM3113Sport and Leisure Law15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPM3221Sport Business Planning15
SPM3114Sport Venues and Events15
Select one unit from:
FBL3501 ^Business Practicum15
SBL3500 ^Integrated Business Application15
Select one unit from:
SPS3105 ^Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3502 ^Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505 ^Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3516 ^Advanced Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3601 ^Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • ECU Southwest Students: The first year of the W31 Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)/Bachelor of Commerce (Sports Business) can be completed at the Bunbury campus (four Exercise and Sports Science units are delivered at the Bunbury campus and four Sports Business units are delivered on-line). The remaining 12 Exercise and Sports Science units must be completed at the Joondalup campus. The remaining 12 Sports Business units can be completed either at the Joondalup campus or on-line.

  • SPM1102: Students will undertake a 20 hour work placement in a not-for-profit, incorporated
    sport organisation/club.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete 20 hours at their host organisation. These hours may be
    outside normal university hours.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Some organisations may require clearances, screenings and certificates, and will liaise directly
    with students regarding any requirements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are provided with a Student Placement guide which details the expected behaviour and
    conduct while working in the host organisation.

  • SPM2104: Students will undertake a 25 hour work placement in a staffed, recreation facility setting.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete 25 hours at their host organisation. These hours may be
    outside normal university hours.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Some organisations may require clearances, screenings and certificates, and will liaise directly
    with students regarding any requirements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are provided with a Student Placement guide which details the expected behaviour and
    conduct while working in the host organisation.

  • FBL3501: Students will complete between 100 and 150 hours of work experience within a public, private or not-for-profit organisation.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will complete between 100 and 150 hours in a host organisation. These hours may be outside normal university hours.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Some organisations may require clearances, screenings and certificates, and will liaise directly
    with students regarding any requirements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are provided with a Student Placement guide which details the expected behaviour and
    conduct while working in the host organisation.

  • SPS3112 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum: Students are required to undertake a 140 hour work placement in an exercise and sports science related industry
    SPS2524 Exercise Delivery: Students are required to undertake 30 hours during an internal practicum

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Prior to external placement, a risk management process must occur, including health and safety
    obligations, and a site visit (if practicable and reasonable). If an ongoing collaboration is
    approved by both parties, an official agreement contract is drafted between the University and
    the external agency.
    Prior to placement, students must submit evidence of a Working with Children Check (where
    necessary) and a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate and First Aid.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of exercise and sport science, and sport business theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Communicate exercise and sport science, and sport business knowledge, concepts and skills to diverse population groups.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook in exercise and sport science, and sport business situations, showing sensitivity for diversity and impact, including Aboriginal cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate social and ethical values by working cooperatively and collaboratively in exercise and sports science, and sport business settings.
  5. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and initiative for own learning and professional practice in exercise and sports science and sport business settings.
  6. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in exercise and sport science, and sport business contexts.
  7. Think critically to analyse, interpret and solve complex exercise and sport science, and sport business situations.
  8. Use digital technologies and literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise information from multiple sources.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $11,250 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $33,400 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Potential career opportunities exist for managers within a range of global sport organisations and businesses, including the diverse areas of professional sport organisations, national and state sport associations, high performance sports centres, health and wellness case management, private exercise, fitness, sport and rehabilitation franchise operations, personal training businesses, and elite and high performance sport organisations.

Possible future job titles

Sport Business Owner/Manager, Sport Development Officer/Manager, Corporate Fitness Director, Physical Activity Coordinator, Player Welfare Manager, High Performance Manager, Health and Wellness Case Manager, Health and Fitness Centre Leader, Sports Coaching Director, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Become World Ready

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  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

  • Some of our Sports Science and Football students are gaining valuable practical experience working as performance analysts with AFL team the West Coast Eagles.

Student stories

  • Anthony Donetta

    Sport Management graduate

    "It gives you a platform to establish yourself"

    Sport Management graduate Anthony Donetta talks about a work integrated learning placement with West Perth Football Club that led to employment at the club.

  • Alvin Goh

    Exercise and Sports Science student

    "I was always interested in athletic performance"

    Exercise and Sports Science Honours student Alvin Goh is completing research in exercise biomechanics. In this video he talks about his ECU experience.

  • Claire Mason

    Exercise and Sports Science and Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

    "You have the opportunity to experience the workplace"

    I was looking to upskill into a clinical setting and ECU was the only university in Western Australia that was offering the accredited course. The lecturers are all very renowned in their own fields. Their current research is within the areas that they teach us. This means that we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs. They were all very approachable and supportive should we need help with any of the assignments or topics that we covered.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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