Course Outline

SPX402 Clinical Exercise Physiology Professional Practicum I

Course Coordinator:Sonja Coetzee ( School:School of Health - Sports and Exercise Science

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

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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What is this course about?


This course provides you with an advanced level of supervised professional clinical experience. Together with SPX403, you will undertake a minimum of 360 hours of clinical work across different health and exercise settings and focus on exposure to a variety of physiology domains. You will be required to demonstrate your competency as a developing entry-level practitioner while completing approximately 180 clinical placement hours for this course. This course is a requirement and satisfies ESSA standards and clinical expectations and competencies.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – A combination of face-to-face and online sessions consisting of information sessions and workshops (4 x 2 hours) 8hrs Orientation week Once Only
Placement – Completion of a full-time equivalent allocated placement block/s. Approximately 180-240 hours of supervised professional experience placement in a clinical setting. 180hrs Not applicable Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Scheduled Zoom workshop 2hrs Week 13 Once Only

Course Topics

Clinical placement: completing  practicum hours as per ESSA accreditation requirements

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

24 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 Apply foundational knowledge and skills to practice effectively in a professional, ethical, inclusive, and collaborative manner across the broad health care system. Knowledgeable
2 Critically evaluate the evidence base and apply relevant knowledge to AEP practice to effectively optimise health status, function, recovery, independence, and participation for individuals and population groups across various clinical domains. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Safely screen, assess, and evaluate the function, capacity, and health status of individuals and population groups across various clinical domains. Creative and critical thinker
4 Apply clinical reasoning to inform safe and effective movement, physical activity, and exercise-based interventions that consider health and treatment needs, and client preferences and goals. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
5 Practise person-centred care to prescribe, deliver, adapt, and evaluate safe and effective evidence-based movement, physical activity, and exercise-based interventions that optimise health status, function, recovery, and independence. Creative and critical thinker

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”.


Successfull completion of 288 units and SPX410 and SPX411. No other courses are to be completed concurrently with SPX402.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

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

In week 3 of placement, you are required to schedule a review meeting to discuss your learning plan, initial supervisor feedback, professional practice reflections, and logbook.  This review will provide you with formative feedback on academic progress and help identify the need for additional support. The meeting will be provided in a face-to-face meeting or via a zoom meeting with the course coordinator/ placement coordinator. 

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 Placement performance Individual
For the duration of the placement course
Refer to Format SONIA
All 2 Portfolio Individual
For the duration of the placement course
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online ePortfolio Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Code of Conduct
This task enables you to become familiar with and demonstrate the requisite professional behaviours captured in the Code of Conduct for your discipline and work environment.
Product: Placement performance
Whilst completing your 360 Clinical Exercise Physiology professional placement hours across SPX402 and SPX403, you will be expected to abide by the discipline's code of conduct. Like any authentic work contract, you will be required to comply with the Code of conduct. Your Course coordinator will be available to answer any questions you might have.
To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete this placement satisfactorily according to the criteria below.
If you fail to meet the student placement code of conduct you may fail the course and can be withdrawn from the workplace immediately, as per the USC Workplace and Industry Placement procedures.

SUBMISSION: a signed Student Code of Conduct must be submitted during Orientation week and abided by throughout the duration of the teaching period.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Behaviour in accordance with the discipline and ESSA’s (governing body) code of conduct, in a professional setting
Participation in a performance review to reflect on and improve professional practice.
Satisfactory completion of allocated placement block/s in an approved professional organisation.
All - Assessment Task 2:Professional Competencies
You will demonstrate your competency and professional standard as a developing entry-level Clinical Exercise Physiologist. To do this you will undertake supervised work-integrated learning placements and perform the tasks of an Exercise Physiologist working in a professional setting. A key element of this assessment will be the collation of documents (Portfolio) demonstrating competency development and meeting ESSA accreditation requirements.
Product: Portfolio
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has identified a number of core skills that are fundamental to Accredited Exercise Physiologist Professional Standards. This assessment task captures professional skills in professional practice, exercise assessment, exercise prescription and exercise delivery, and other Accredited Exercise Physiologist Professional Standards. Each placement contains components of the overall task and each component must be submitted on time and passed (to satisfactory academic and professional standards) for the overall task to achieve a PU grade. 

The Practicum Portfolio will include the following components/items:

a) A learning plan for each placement site; completed by the student and their placement supervisor during the first week of placement - submitted by the end of the first week of each allocated placement.

b) Supervisor Feedback:
- Initial supervisor feedback for each placement site attended; completed by the student and their placement supervisor at the halfway mark of placement (week 3) - submitted by the end of week 3 of each allocated placement.
- Final supervisor feedback for each placement site attended; completed by the student and their placement supervisor during the final week of each allocated placement - submitted by the end of each allocated placement

c) 2 Professional practice reflections (PPR); case studies completed by the student and verified by their placement supervisor by the end of the allocated placement block - submitted by the first Monday after completion of the allocated placement.

d) 1 Placement engagement reflection (PER) for each placement site attended; completed by the student and their placement supervisor during the final week of each allocated placement - submitted by the first Monday after completion of the allocated placement.
 The PER should contain the following items:
* The student's placement logbook of practicum hours and any other evidence of competencies demonstrated during their placement with the site; verified by their placement supervisor/s
* The final supervisor feedback
* The student's demonstrated competencies as assessed by the placement supervisor.

e) Final submission meeting: The submission meetings will commence in week 13 of the semester. Interview times are booked through the course coordinator via SONIA. It is expected that students will have addressed all feedback provided during the teaching period and have their completed Practicum Portfolio ready for final grading.

NOTE: Students must complete and submit an approved log of hours form to SONIA online once the PERs have been approved and signed off by the placement coordinator.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Professional Communication: Engage clients to facilitate exercise and healthy lifestyle management that is client-centred
Professional collaboration: Identifies the roles of the team, engages the health care team to collaboratively provide client care, and refers on where required.
Professional practice: Commitment to reflective practice, professional development and lifelong learning
1 2
Professional practice: Applies evidence and theory to provide exercise intervention and education
2 4
Professional practice: Collects, Assesses and interprets relevant client information to prioritise exercise and lifestyle goals
3 5
Professional practice: Designs, implements, monitors and evaluates exercise prescription
4 5

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Mandatory Requirements
You are required to submit mandatory requirements to be eligible for a manual face-to-face enrolment meeting for SPX402.  You must commence this process in June of the year prior.  Mandatory information can be found on SONIA online (select Sport & Exercise Science), and/or the USC website under Sport and Exercise Science/ Clinical Exercise Physiology- Placements  

Another mandatory item that is completed after you have selected your enrolment meeting and are preparing for your enrolment meeting, is the Student Placement agreement. The Student Placement Agreement (SPA) consists of two (2) mandatory electronic forms (eForms) completed in your SONIA account before you commence placement:
(1) Placement Disclosure Statement Form
(2) Placement Details Agreement Form (completed after you have been allocated to your placement site/s and must be complete by the first lecture). -  This form is completed in SONIA.

The Mandatories include the following:  
- blue card,
- NDIS worker screening card 
- Clinical Vaccinations 
- QHealth modules and 
- First Aid and CPR 
- Tuberculosis risk assessment form

* COVID-19 vaccination evidence:
To attend placement at some of our external hosts, you may be required to show evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status. These sites include but are not limited to, QLD Health hospital and health service facilities, disability, aged care and other vulnerable facilities.  
We support your right to make an informed choice regarding COVID-19 vaccination. However, as an education provider, USC does not have the authority to waive the requirements set out by a facility hosting a student for placement, or by the Queensland or Federal Governments.

The steps involved in enrolment are the following and can take some time, so you must commence this process in the year prior to Semester one commencement:

1. You will need to access SONIA Online 
2. Register your interest to enrol in SPX402 and SPX403  (go onto SONIA under the Forms tab and select “Expression of interest Pre-Enrolment Form…” in the drop-down, add it, complete the form and submit it.   
3. Complete your pre-enrolment Mandatory Requirements 
    - Follow the prompts to the Mandatory Buttons for Blue Card, CPR and First Aid, QLD Health Modules and Clinical Vaccinations, so you are eligible for an enrolment meeting. 
    - Please note your PrePlace will not be available to complete until after you have been enrolled via the manual enrolment meeting.
4. Once all the required course mandatories are uploaded to SONIA; email to confirm your eligibility to enrol into SPX402
5. If you are eligible you will receive an email asking you to select a group meeting time to finalise your enrolment

Assessment Criteria
You will receive whole class generic guidelines on the structure and content of your assessment items including your placement log books.  They will be consistent with the standards required for submission to Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and the university. You will be required to hold your assessment items to this standard whilst on placement.  This will be discussed in detail in scheduled class workshops/tutorials.
Each placement contains components of the overall assessment tasks and each component must be submitted on time and passed for the task (of the required standard) to achieve an overall PU grade.

Electronic devices
You will need access to an electronic device (e.g. laptop or PC) and the internet, in order to complete your assessment tasks.

Clinical Tools
You are expected to already own a personal set of clinical tools, comprising: a tailor's tape measure (150cm, flexible), large plastic goniometer, sphygmomanometer, and stethoscope (for SPX4XX courses, including your 4th-year intensives). 
It is expected that students will retain these tools throughout their working lives. Students may be required to bring their own (labelled) clinical tools to placements.

You are required to wear the USC clinical student polo shirt when attending your placement

Additional Cost
Any cost associated with accommodation while on placement or travel to, during or from placement, is the responsibility of the student.

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

Limited Graded Course:

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 USC.

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.


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