Course Outline

SPX221 Sports and Exercise Medicine

Course Coordinator:Daniel Mellifont ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course aims to facilitate your growth in knowledge and skills in the field of sports medicine.  Learning experiences introduce the development of professional practise.  This includes working as part of a multidisciplinary team and injury management (including prevention, classification, and interventions).  Whilst the course addresses a breadth of sports medicine issues, it has a particular focus on emergency and first aid response in a sporting context.  As such, it is strongly recommended that enrolling students are proficient in both resuscitation and first aid (incl. holding current and recognised certification).

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Various learning materials are provided before each of the thirteen teaching weeks of semester to facilitate students' exploration of and engagement with targeted knowledge and concepts. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – This Workshop is used to - enhance the enhance theoretical application of knowledge and concepts from learning materials before their practical application in labs - explore questions regarding the week's topics - facilitate deeper engagement with learning materials. At least one week in the semester will require students to explore learning materials independently without a related workshop. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Laboratory 1 – Labs focus on the practical application of knowledge and concepts and primarily take the form of scenario simulation between the clinician and patient. At least one week in the semester will require students to explore a topic independently and guided by online learning materials (i.e. no on-campus lab will be scheduled that week). 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Sports and exercise medicine principles
  • Ethical and other professional considerations
  • Emergency care including resuscitation and first aid
  • Systems Approach to immediate athlete care
  • Medical issues in sport
  • Soft tissue response to injury
  • Musculoskeletal injury prevention, assessment, classification and initial care (incl. taping)

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Understand the ethical and other professional considerations in sports medicine care. Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sports medicine theory and principles. Knowledgeable
3 Uses the systems approach to analyse, evidence, modify and apply sports medicine interventions (e.g. sports taping) for different purposes and individuals. Creative and critical thinker
4 Demonstrate effective communication in different sports medicine contexts. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.




Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Gross human anatomy and physiology. The use of at least one recognised peer reviewed literature database (e.g. PubMed).Information literacy skills including use of internet search engines (e.g. Google Scholar), online learning environments (e.g. Canvas), word processing software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint). Basic organisational skills including planning, time and document management. The capacity to engage in all classes unless approved otherwise.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will receive individual informal feedback on their development of specific practical skills across each week of lab classes (e.g. sports taping, immediate athlete care).  Further, completion of online quizzes with unlimited attempts (due from Wk 2) afford students the opportunity to engage in assessment to drive learning (assessment as learning) and to gauge their development of sports and exercise medicine knowledge (assessment of learning).

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Code of Conduct Individual
Refer to Format To Supervisor
All 2a Quiz/zes Individual
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2b Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual
Weekly 10-15 minute video records of simulated scenarios and subsequent critical reflection; with at least one assessed in random week/s

1 x in class demonstration <10mins 

1 x Pre-Exercise Screening form (APSS; 4 page form)

1 x Injury Report Form (SMA; 2 page form)
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All 3a Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual
2 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All 3b Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual
2 x 10 mins (over ~2 hours)
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Code of Conduct
This task ensures that you demonstrate professional and ethical conduct required for ESSA (Exercise & Sport Science Australia) and the University’s policies covering student conduct. This is a continuous assessment as you are required to demonstrate care, respect and professional behaviour across the entire suite of activities that you will be engaged in while in SPX221.
Product: Code of Conduct
During your entire course experience, you are required to conduct yourself in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Behaviour that is in accordance with the ESSA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice
1 4
Adherence to UniSC’s Student Conduct - Governing Policy
All - Assessment Task 2a:Foundation: Quizzes
To facilitate your development of disciplinary knowledge and critical evaluation skills. You will be assessed on your ability to answer questions that explore the consideration and critical evaluation of sports medicine theory and principles. This will also provide you with important feedback to make early and more informed decisions about your engagement in the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
SUBMIT: Workshop Day 8 am Weeks 2-6 & 8-12

Individual online quizzes consisting of no more than 50 questions (usually True/False or MCQ’s) which relate to the coming week’s or previous weeks’ learning materials and experiences. 

The quizzes are named by the week in which they fall due (e.g. the Wk 2 Quiz is due at 8am on the morning of the Wk 2 Workshop) and will be available on LMS at the end of the previous week (e.g. the Week 2 quiz will be available in Week 1; before 11:59pm on the day after the last Wk 1 lab).

Early quizzes (Wks 2-6) have been introduced in response to student feedback and will focus on applying essential pre-requisite and new learning experiences to sports medicine scenarios (e.g. resuscitation, first aid, professional practice, anatomy, healing and evidence based practice). Many of these questions go towards industry competencies for resuscitation and first aid.

Advanced quizzes (Wks 8-12) involve fewer but more challenging questions which provide you with important feedback regarding your progress towards the skilled application of knowledge in the field.

Each week at least one of your attempts must have ALL questions answered correctly to pass this task 

Unlimited attempts are allowed prior to the quiz falling due

- Applications for assessment extension (AAE) must be based on valid grounds and must be submitted prior to the due date (as per the Application for Assessment Extension (AAE) procedures of the School of Health, UniSC). 
- You are encouraged in the strongest possible terms to complete the quiz while logged into a UniSC computer to avoid connectivity and compatibility issues (as regularly occurs with unstable, personal or off campus LMS access). 
- If you encounter an IT issue that prevents you from successfully completing the quiz before the due date, you must take a screenshot, email UniSC’s IT services and cc your Course Coordinator.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sports medicine theory and principles (incl. emergency care, medical issues, musculoskeletal injury etc.)
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2b:Foundation: Essential Skills
This task is essential for both this course and for your graduate/professional outcomes. Hence, it is necessary for you to complete all elements to both pass this course and for accreditation/graduation. You will demonstrate your proficiency in undertaking practical skills that have been identified as being essential and critical in sports medicine
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
After related learning opportunities in sports medicine theory (i.e. pre-reading, online quizzes and resources, workshops and practice (i.e. in labs and independently)); you will be required to act as an exercise professional/first responder in simulated scenarios to demonstrate essential skills. Demonstration of essential skills will occur live (e.g. in-class demonstration of a skill like CPR), by creating a written record (e.g. completing a form such as the SMA Injury Record form or ESSA's APSS) and by creating a video record (e.g. a video vignette of a simulated scenario of care and subsequent critical reflection)
NOTE: In the context of competency-based training and assessment of practical skills, if you do not demonstrate competent practice on your first attempt you will be given the opportunity to resubmit.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of safe and effective practice: performance and communication of rationale for assessment, decision-making and intervention competencies identified by the ARC (Australian Resuscitation Council), SMA (Sports Medicine Australia)
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 3a:Professional Practice: Exam Final
To demonstrate understanding and problem solving in the context of sports medicine theory and decision making
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
A two (2) hour (plus perusal) exam consisting of True/False and multiple-choice questions (MCQ’s) that explore questions from across the course, requiring recall of sports medicine knowledge and principles to their application in challenging case scenarios.

This includes (but is not limited to): 
• The principles of sports medicine and injury prevention strategies 
• Importance of communication and the principles of ethics and confidentiality 
• Treatment of sporting emergencies
• First aid management of acute events such as asthma, hypoglycaemia in diabetics, and epilepsy
• Sport injury classifications
• Understanding the tissue healing process
• Principles of injury management, and treatment 
• Knowledge and treatment of common sports / exercise injuries 
• Special considerations in athletes across the lifespan and specific patient populations such as children, older people and females
No. Learning Outcome assessed
True/False and MCQ’s that vary in complexity from questions requiring recall of sports medicine knowledge and principles to their application
1 2
All - Assessment Task 3b:Professional Practice: Practical Exam
In this practical evaluation you will apply the systems approach to analyse, evidence, modify and apply sports medicine interventions for different purposes and individuals under test conditions. It is important to note your practice will be evaluated with the consideration of ethical and other professional practice in sports medicine care.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
This will occur during the University’s Central Examination Period, where you will act as a sports trainer in providing sports medicine care to an athlete.  You will complete two (2) simulated scenarios:

1. a musculoskeletal scenario (i.e. either taping or injury) AND 
2. an emergency scenario.  

Each scenario will be randomly selected, on the spot, from a pool of scenarios for the respective context.

Each scenario will last no longer than 10 minutes.  

The athlete will be role played by a fellow student allocated to you no later than the end of week 13 (i.e. your prac partner).   Of course, this means that you will also be required to act as an athlete for your prac partner’s scenarios as they take their turn to complete the practical exam).  Where a scenario precludes the involvement of live humans as athletes (e.g. resuscitation interventions) a simulation mannequin may be used.  If physical contact with your peer is not allowed (e.g. Covid-19 distancing restrictions), students will be required to submit a video demonstrating safe and effective care for their scenario (further details will be provided regarding how this will happen in practice)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Safe and effective practice including clinical and safety assessment and actions
1 2 3 4
Ability to verbally communicate your understanding of the course material and clinical reasoning for assessment and interventions
2 4
Demonstrated effectiveness of sports medicine skills
3 4
Timeliness of your assessment and interventions including prioritisation of time critical actions and productivity within the limited time available
2 3 4
Respectful ethical conduct befitting a health professional
1 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Peter Brukner,Karim Khan 2019 CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE: Vol 2 THE MEDICINE OF EXERCISE (also available as an e-text via USC Library) 5th McGraw-Hill Education / Australia

Specific requirements

Course Focus Requirements:
In this course students will be required to take part in practical sport and exercise science activities, which may include undertaking vigorous exercise, physical contact with other members of the class, require wearing specialist clothing, using sports equipment, partial disrobing, or connection to instruments for scientific measurement.  This course has a particular focus on treating all individuals with respect.  This is essential in clinical practice (incl. simulations) where there are well recognized risks of harm with disrespectful behavior and power imbalances in the client-professional relationship.  Importantly, to ensure a safe environment for all, students must adhere to the student code of conduct during all classes.  

Clothing Requirements:
You will need clothes suitable for clinical assessment and exercise for all classes. You should wear clothes
that allow you to move whilst preserving your modesty (e.g. gym clothes or similar). In particular you should
prepare by wearing clothing that allows, with your informed consent only, the clinician to observe the body
region that is the focus of the week and the lower back whenever core control is relevant.

Covid-19 Dependent Requirements:
Due to the evolving Covid-19 impacts, it remains possible that, laboratory classes for this course may be conducted via Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT).   It should be noted that the generic risk assessment used for this course does not take into account risks associated with Covid-19.

Technology Requirements:
Access to a reliable computer (including video and audio options for Zoom) and internet connectivity is essential for this course.

Engagement Requirements:
Engaging in face-to-face classes as this course relies on face-to-face classes to develop clinical skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine that are essential for both assessment tasks and course outcomes.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and low to moderate levels of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks may include working in an Australian bush setting, working with people, working outside normal office hours for example. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the UniSC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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