Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

As part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) program, you will undertake a professional experience placement in sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments. The following information outlines examples of the fundamental tasks you will be asked to carry out during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

These examples are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

There are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to undertake these tasks. Please contact the Equitable Learning Services to discuss any adjustments you may require. 

Verbal expression and comprehension (understanding)

What do I need to be able to do?

Understand and respond to verbal communication.
In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments this will assist you with undertaking assessment and providing exercise instructions to your clients 

Verbally communicate clear instructions and explanations in a time responsive way.
On professional experience placement, verbal communication is the primary source of communication between you clients, supervisors and other health professionals

Clear communication assists with completing your professional experience placement tasks safely.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Additional time allowances for comprehension and expression may be available to you for on-campus learning activities. 

Professional experience placement activities may require time responsive communication. This should be discussed with your placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Social communication

Social Communication refers to the capacity to understand and use appropriate non-verbal communication such as: eye contact, gestures, facial expression, speaking volume, tone of voice, proximity and verbal turn-taking. 

What do I need to be able to do?

Recognise, interpret, use and respond to non-verbal communication appropriately in both on-campus and professional experience placement settings to build relationships, assess client’s needs and safety.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require social communication abilities include:

  • identifying that a client is uncomfortable or in pain from their facial expression or body posture
  • responding to clients by using your own social communication skills, such as open body language, eye contact, facial expressions to display understanding and empathy. 

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.  

Consideration will be given to the use of non-verbal communication appropriate to your disability or condition for example, if you have a vision or hearing impairment, you may rely more on using either auditory or visual means of social communication. 

Reading

What do I need to be able to do?

Read and understand a range of written material in differing forms from a variety of sources such as: on screen material, reference material and /or handwritten notes.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, essential client information is communicated in written form.  Tasks which require reading include: 

  • reading and understanding client notes
  • reading reports and referral documentation from other professionals

Your ability to read, comprehend and interpret written information is fundamental for delivery of appropriate and safe client care.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during your profession experience placement may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Writing (Written Language)

N.B. This refers not to the physical act of writing but rather to the written content.

What do I need to be able to do?

Produce coherent written communication appropriate to both on-campus learning and professional experience placement settings.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require clear, concise, accurate and time-efficient writing include: 

  • contributing to client records and reports
  • writing reports and client referral documentation 

The ability to accurately communicate in writing in accordance with professional and legal standards is fundamental for delivery of consistent and safe client care.

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your literacy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during professional experience placement may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencement.

Number Skills (Numeracy)

Numeracy is the ability to understand and work with numbers. Basic numeracy skills consist of comprehending fundamental mathematics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

What do I need to be able to do?

Interpret and correctly apply numerical data, measurements and numerical criteria in a time efficient manner in on campus learning and the professional experience placement settings.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require the use of number skills include:

  • calculating laboratory results, such as oxygen utilisation and velocity or determining calorie content of food
  • analysing data to assess and monitor client performance and progress
  • recording accurate measurements and numerical data in client records

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use specialised software to support your numeracy for on-campus learning activities. The appropriateness and practicality of using such software during professional experience may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

What do I need to be able to do?

Correctly use and apply knowledge of theory, research, and practice gained from the on-campus learning setting during your professional experience placement.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, client assessment and intervention tasks require:

  • undertaking exercise assessment (biomechanical, motor & physiological), interpreting the results and planning appropriate interventions with your clients
  • analysing and interpreting data and using the findings to assess performance, develop an intervention and monitor and improve performance
  • remaining focussed for the duration of client assessment or other tasks

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

You may use assistive technology and strategies such as rest breaks to support your memory, planning and organisation in the on-campus learning environment. The use of these strategies during professional experience placement should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

Mental wellness is a state of well-being in which an individual can realise their own abilities or potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life and can work productively and fruitfully.

Behavioural stability refers to an individual’s ability to moderate their own behaviour.

Stable mental health promotes optimal and safe engagement in on-campus learning and education settings during professional experience placement. Many people who live with mental health conditions complete their studies successfully. The following services are available to support students living with mental health conditions at RMIT: 

Equitable Learning Services

Counselling Services

What do I need to be able to do?

The on-campus learning environment can be challenging and will require you to engage with peers and teaching staff, reflect on your work and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

Sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments can present complex and unpredictable human situations which require the following:

  • managing multiple, complex demands with focus and composure
  • remaining alert, focussed and engaged during client assessment and intervention
  • managing personal emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with peers, staff and clients

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

A range of adjustments such can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you. 

Flexible arrangements for your professional experience placement will be considered. The appropriateness and practicality of these arrangements may vary between placements and agencies and should be discussed with your placement coordinator prior to commencement of the placement. 

You may be supported to take time off from your studies if you become unwell or have difficulties with behavioural stability. 

Vision

Visual acuity refers to the extent to which a person can see or interpret visual information. This may also include colour vision.

What do I need to be able to do?

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require vision include: 

  • observing clients throughout the duration of their activity to ensure they are appropriately positioned for assessment / treatment and are comfortable and safe
  • undertaking real time analysis of data and making appropriate adjustments during assessment and intervention of clients

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

The use of assistive technology to enhance vision will be considered. It is recommended that you discuss this with the ELS and your Placement Coordinator prior to commencing placement. 

Glasses and other visual aids can be used during professional experience placement.

If you have been deemed legally blind or have a medical condition that may impact your vision, it is recommended that you discuss your condition with Equitable Learning Service.

What do I need to be able to do?

In both the on-campus learning and professional experience placement settings, tasks may involve:  lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting and bending.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require gross motor abilities include:

  • demonstrating gross motor movements associated with exercise science
  • positioning and setting up clients for assessment  and treatment 
  • manipulating and operating exercise and sports science equipment

Safe manual handling minimises the risk of injury to clients and students

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and physical capacities. NB: The focus of the tasks is upon upper body abilities. Clients with conditions affecting only their lower body may be able to complete the tasks with adjustments.

Any adjustments considered should not compromise your safety and that of others.

i.e. The ability to undertake precise coordinated movements of the hands.

What do I need to be able to do?

In both the on-campus learning and professional experience placement settings, tasks may involve: pushing, pressing, turning and manipulating fine controls on equipment.

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require fine motor abilities include:

  • using specialised equipment to take fine measurements of clients such as leg length, knee and ankle width, taking skin fold measurements or taking blood pressure
  • setting up a client with appropriate equipment for assessment / intervention e.g. fitting a support harness for treadmill use
  • making fine adjustments to equipment – such as levelling and focussing a camera for biomechanical assessment and calibrating a metabolic cart

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and physical capacities. Any adjustments considered should not compromise client safety.

This refers to the ability to undertake a task/s over a pre-determined period of time. This could include physical performance such as standing for a period of time, or cognitive (mental) performance such as concentrating for a particular length of time.

What do I need to be able to do?

In sport, exercise, recreation and physical activity environments, tasks which require physical and mental endurance include:

  • standing for extended periods throughout the designated period of duty (a shift)
  • undertaking the manipulation of large pieces of equipment in a repetitive manner over a fixed period of time
  • remaining mentally focussed to accurately interpret information to ensure client safety and effective practice

What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

Adjustments can be organised through the Equitable Learning Services (ELS). Contact the ELS to discuss what adjustments may be helpful to you.

Adjustments will be considered in relation to your circumstances and physical capacities. You may use strategies such as rest breaks to support your performance for on-campus learning contexts. It is recommended that you discuss the use of these strategies during professional experience placement with ELS and Placement Coordinator prior to commencing placement.

Any adjustments should not compromise your safety or that of others.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.