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 and D394 (H343.4 and D394.2).

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Troy Castricum


HSE103 or HSE301


Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010

Incompatible with:


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

7 x online modules across the trimester (2-3 hours each), 7 x 2 hour seminars across the trimester, and 8 x 2 hour practicals across the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

7 x online modules across the trimester (2-3 hours each), 7 x online collaborative tasks across the trimester. 1 x 2 day compulsory practical workshop at the Melbourne (Burwood) campus.

In-person attendance requirements

Both Online and Campus enrolled students are required to attend either the Burwood or Waurn Ponds campus during the end of unit assessment period to complete Assessment task 4: Practical examination.


If you are unsure for which trimester you should be enrolling into this unit, please seek advice from a Student Adviser in Student Central.

Note for all D333, H343.4 and D394.2 students enrolling into this unit:

You must complete your placement hours by 30 September of the year enrolled in the unit unless otherwise stated directly by the Unit Chair. If you are not able to complete the placement by this date, 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.

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:

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 HSE302 if students are able to provide either of the following: (1) a completed Exercise Science Practicum Logbook including 80 hours relevant to exercise assessment, prescription and delivery (signed by an appropriately qualified supervisor), and a Host Supervisor Report which provides an evaluation of student practical competency whilst on placement, or (2) 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 recognition for prior learning 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

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: