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HSE312 - Exercise and Sports Science Practicum


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sarah Hall
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, H353 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - Advanced (Honours), D394 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) and D333 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/ Bachelor Nutrition Science.

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Cara Walker

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Kris Hinck


For students who commenced their course in or after 2018 or enrolled in the new course structure H343 (Version 4) or D394 (Version 2) or D333:
Must have passed all of HBS109, HSE102, HSE103, HSE104, HSE111, HSE113, HSE201, HSE202, HSE204, HSE208

*For students who commenced their course before 2018 OR enrolled in the previous version of course structure H343 (Version 1, 2 or 3) or D394 (Version 1),
Must have passed all of HBS109, HBS110, HSE101, HSE102, HSE103, HSE104, HSE201, HSE202, HSE203, HSE204
OR must have passed all of HBS109, HSE101, HSE102, HSE103, HSE104, HSE111, HSE201, HSE202, HSE204
*To enrol into this unit, students in this group will need to consult a Student Adviser by emailing health-enquire@deakin.edu.au.

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 175 hours over the teaching period undertaking the practicum (140 hours), scheduled learning activities (10 hours) and assessment activities (25 hours) for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

On campus: 1 x 1 hour class per week (weeks one to six), 1 x 1 hour seminar per week (weeks seven to ten).

Off-site: A minimum of 140 hours of placement experience with an organisation of your choosing, to undertake activities within the Accredited Exercise Scientist scope of practice.


If you are undertaking more than one unit which has a placement component, please note that the placement organisations have to be different for different placement units. For example, if you are undertaking HSE312 and HSE321 Sport Coaching and Development Practicum, you will need to find two different organisations to undertake the two placements.

Note for all students enrolling into this unit:

You must complete your placement hours within your trimester of enrolment of the placement unit unless otherwise stated directly by the Unit Chair. If you are not able to complete the placement by the end your trimester of enrolment in the placement unit, please email the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Professional Placement Office at ens-placements@deakin.edu.au as soon as possible.

Note for international students only:

If you are not able to complete your placement by your visa expiry date, please note that you will be liable for any costs involved with extending your stay in Australia, for example, visa extension application cost and extra living expenses.

Note for students applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in this unit:

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is accredited with Exercise And Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Therefore, recognition for prior learning will only be considered for HSE312 if students are able to provide a completed Exercise Science Practicum Logbook and Record of Student Engagement Form. These documents must be provided for review by the unit team in alignment the with ESSA Practicum standards. If the application does not meet these evidence requirements either initially or through consultation with the Unit Chair then recognition for prior learning will not be granted. For more information, please refer to ESSA website.


This unit will provide students with an opportunity to undertake a formalised fieldwork experience of a minimum of 140 hours in an exercise and sport organisational setting. Each student is responsible for selecting and negotiating an appropriate work experience. In addition to the practicum experience, students will engage with, and develop, their career education and employability through a focus on job application processes and skills. All field experiences, classes, seminars, unit content and assessment tasks are intended to provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in areas of exercise and sport science that will enhance their professional development and graduate employability.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically evaluate their career aspirations following their degree.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management


Propose to volunteer in host organisation that directly benefits their chosen career path.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management


Construct a competitive job application for a mock, graduate entry-level position across the broader exercise, sport and health industries.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Integrate their experiences from their practicum and discipline studies to provide oral examples of graduate learning outcomes in an interview setting.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Critically evaluate their experiences during practicum to improve on their relative weaknesses and accelerate their career pathway.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Conduct themselves professionally in a workplace that directly benefits their career path within the broader exercise, sport and health industries.

GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship


Trimester 1:
Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Job application 1100 words plus appendix 30%
  • Week 4
Assessment 2: Interview 7.5 minutes online interview 20%
  • Week 9
Assessment 3: Student evaluation of their practicum experience 1500 words 30%
  • Within one month post-placement
Assessment 4: Host supervisor's report Supervisor evaluation 20%
  • Within one month post-placement

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

  • Approved placement application 
  • Logbook and record of student engagement

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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