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Bachelor of Science (International Exercise and Sports Science)

Course code W97New in 2022

Are you interested in health, fitness and general well-being? If you like the idea of helping other people improve their lifestyle or sports performance through exercise, you should explore a career in Exercise Science.

This international dual degree involves three years of study at ECU (years 1, 2 and 4) and one year in the UK at the University of Portsmouth (year 3). On completion you will have gained valuable experience overseas, experience of the Exercise and Sports Science industry in both Australia and the UK and be awarded a degree from each institution.

Your degrees will prepare you for a variety of professional roles – you could work with elite sportspeople, promote health in the community, work in corporate health or a wide range of other exciting environments. Your studies will give you the skills to design, implement and evaluate exercise programs targeted at improving general health and well-being, helping to prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease and enhancing athletic performance.

You can also specialise in a related field, with majors in Football Performance, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Occupational Safety and Health and Sport Business helping broaden your career prospects. You can also use this course as a pathway to further study in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, education, dietetics and strength and conditioning coaching.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W97

Fees

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Duration

4 years full-time

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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.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W97

CRICOS code

106006B

Fees

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

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students will complete 360 credit points (24 units) at ECU in Year 1, 2 and 4 and 120 credit points (6 units) in their 3rd year at Portsmouth.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
SPS1530Lifespan Growth and Development15
NUT1121Human Nutrition15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Elective 15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1111Foundations of Fitness and Training15
SPS1502Biomechanics15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Elective 15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1217Functional Anatomy15
SPS2203Principles and Practices of Resistance Training15
SPS2505Exercise Physiology15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Elective 15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT2107Statistical Research Methods15
SPS2524Exercise Delivery15
SPS2516Motor Learning and Control15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Elective 15

Year 3

Year 3 is undertaken at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Students will select 120 credit points (6 units) from the units listed below: U30090 Environmental Physiology U30087 Biomechanics in Practice U30088 Advanced Sports nutrition U30089 Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Heath Promotion U22575 Professional Development U30084 Applications of Exercise Physiology U30074 Exercise in Different Environments U30099 Applied Skill Acquisition U30086 Advanced Strength and Conditioning For details of the units, please consult the University of Portsmouth handbook which can be found online at https://www.port.ac.uk/

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2622Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health15
SPS3112Exercise and Sports Science Practicum15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective2 x units from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Electives30
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3111Physical Activity and Health15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective2 x units from listed Major, Minor or Recommended Electives30
Plus one unit from:
SPS3516 ^Advanced Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3502 ^Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505 ^Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3105 ^Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3601 ^Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1750Coaching Science 115
SPS1755Coaching Science 215
SPS2750Coaching Science 315
SPS3750Coaching Science 415
SPS3755Coaching Science 515
SPS1210Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring in Sport15
SPS2615Sports Injury Prevention and Management15
SPS3105Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3604Human Movement - Participation and Inclusion15
SPS3114Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes15
SPS3530Principles and Practices of Coaching15
SPS3516Advanced Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3502Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3601Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15
SPS2301Exercise Rehabilitation15
HST1120Introduction to Health Promotion15
SCP1134Foundations of Physics15
SCH1104Introduction to Pathophysiology15
SCH1105Introduction to Pharmacology15
SPS3120Psycho-social Aspects in Physical Activity and Chronic Disease15
SPS3121Professional Skills in Clinical Exercise Physiology15
NUT3215Exercise Nutrition15
SCC1226Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry15
NUT2211Metabolic Biochemistry15
NUT2220Nutritional Assessment15
SCH2232Medical Biochemistry15
or select one unit from:
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCC1111General Chemistry15

Students may choose to complete units from the following Streams: - Coaching Science: - Physical Education (Health as a second teaching area); - Physical Education (Science as a second teaching area); - Clinical Exercise Physiology; or - Dietetics. Please refer to course planners for details on units required for each Stream.

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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

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • The first two years are delivered by Edith Cowan University on the Joondalup Campus. The third year is delivered by the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom on campus, and the fourth year is delivered by Edith Cowan University on campus.

  • Students are required to complete 2 mandatory practicum units: SPS3112 (140 hours), SPS2524 Exercise Delivery (30 hours).

    The Recommended Elective SPS3604 includes 30 hours of work placement.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will undertake the practicum placement during the hours laid down by their host organisation and students may be required to attend after hours and on the weekends.

    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) First Aid Certificate.

    Professional practice rules

    The practicum component of the course is attached to units SPS2524 and SPS3112 and successful completion of these core units, is a requirement for graduation. A pass grade for the practicum component is required to achieve a pass for the relevant core unit. Students who fail the practicum component are required to repeat the unit.
    This could increase the duration of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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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Scholarships

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

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Career Opportunities

Graduates have successful careers in specialty areas such as exercise science, sports administration, sports coaching, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, workplace health, sports development and sports performance analysis plus the opportunity for further study in teaching, exercise physiology, dietetics etc.

Possible future job titles

Exercise Scientist, Exercise Physiologist, Biomechanist, Personal Trainer, Sports Coach, Sport & Exercise Scientist, Researcher, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Medicine Trainer, Health& Safety Injury Management Coordinator

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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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