HSE302 - Exercise Programming


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in D333, and the new course versions of H343, D394 (H343.4 and D394.2) and H353

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Jackson Fyfe


HSE103 or HSE301


Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Incompatible with: HSE322
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

8 x online modules across the trimester (2-3 hours each), 8 x 2 hour seminars (1 containing an assessment) across the trimester, and 8 x 2 hour practicals across the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

8 x online modules across the trimester (2-3 hours each), 7 x 1 hour online seminars across the trimester. 1 x 2-day compulsory practical workshop at the Melbourne (Burwood) campus across one weekend during trimester (i.e. both Saturday and Sunday).

In-person attendance requirements

Both Online and On-campus enrolled students are required to attend either the Burwood or Waurn Ponds campus during the examination period to complete Assessment task 4: Practical examination. All students must undertake 80 hours of professional placement at the site allocated to them by the unit team.


All students are assigned to an 80 hour placement in the area of exercise assessment, prescription, and delivery as part of HSE302. You will be required to complete pre-placement documentation before you can commence placement. If this is not completed by the due date, you will be withdrawn from your placement and subsequently fail the placement hurdle requirement for the unit. You must complete your placement hours within your allocated commencement and end dates (which will be communicated to you via email). The placement can occur one trimester pre- and post- the enrolment period, except under extenuating circumstances.

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.

Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check:

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of placement will not be able to undertake placement and this will impede progress in the course

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

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

Students may apply for RPL for the coursework and/or placement components of HSE302. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is accredited with Exercise And Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Therefore, RPL will only be considered for the placement component of HSE302 if students are able to provide all of the following: (1) a completed Exercise Science Practicum Logbook including 80 hours relevant to exercise assessment, and prescription, and delivery (signed by an appropriately qualified supervisor), (2) a Host Supervisor Report which provides an evaluation of student competency whilst on placement (the unit team can supply a template for this), and (3) an ESSA Record of Student Engagement Form (signed by an appropriately qualified supervisor). These documents must be provided for review by the unit team in alignment with ESSA standards. If the application does not meet these evidence requirements either initially or through consultation with the Unit Chair then RPL will not be granted. For more information, please refer to the ESSA website.


This unit is designed to advance students’ knowledge and application of the principles of exercise prescription, exercise instruction and communication, with an emphasis on individualised, client-specific considerations, such as common musculoskeletal injuries, pregnancy and post-partum, children and older adults. Students will also complete an 80 hour placement at a pre-approved host organisation, facilitated by the unit team.

Hurdle requirement

  • Assessment task 4: Practical examination
  • Placement Host Supervisor Report, ESSA Record of Student Engagement form, and Approved Logbook: Ungraded Pass/Fail

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