Bachelor of Health, Physical Education and Sport (Secondary)

As part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education) program, you will undertake a professional experience placement in an education setting. 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.
On professional experience placement, this will assist you when speaking with and responding to school students, teaching supervisors and other professionals.

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, professional co-workers, teaching supervisors and school students.

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 school student’s needs and provide student safety.

In the professional experience placement environment, tasks which require social communication abilities include:

  • using gestures to gain student’s attention or alert students of safety concerns where verbal communication may not be sufficient e.g. on a field or in a swimming pool
  • recognising the social communication used by school students, particularly in relation to distress, discomfort or fear
  • responding to school students 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 the professional experience placement setting, essential school student information is communicated in written form.  Tasks which require reading include: 

  • reading and comprehending school student reports
  • modeling accurate reading for school students, e.g reading out work sheets / texts

The ability to read, understand and interpret written information is essential for the effective delivery of teaching content.

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 placements 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 in an education setting. 

In the professional experience placement environment, tasks which require clear, concise, accurate and time-efficient writing include: 

  • contributing to reports, school students’ profiles, lesson materials, curriculum plans and assessment tasks 
  • modeling accurate spelling and grammar to school students 

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 placements may vary between placements and should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

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?

Demonstrate competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and everyday mathematical skills in on campus learning and in professional experience placement settings.

In the professional experience placement environment, tasks which require the use of number skills include:

  • analysing and interpreting school student learning data to inform your teaching
  • undertaking calculations and applying formulae in relation to biomechanics, exercise physiology and other physical activity
  • analysing and interpreting data related to individual physical performance 

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 placements 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 professional experience placement environment, teaching, assessment and intervention tasks require:

  • actively listening to school students, observing and providing feedback on their learning
  • engaging with school students with a level of focus and concentration throughout the school day
  • applying subject knowledge and teaching strategies to unique circumstances that may arise without notice and require your immediate response

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 placements should be discussed with the placement coordinator prior to commencing your professional experience 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.

Professional experience placement 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 teaching activities and when supervising students
  • managing personal emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with students, staff and parents 

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 the professional experience placement environment, tasks which require vision include: 

  • observing  young people’s actions in a range of environments such as on the playing field, in the swimming pool or gym to ensure their safety 
  • visually scanning the classroom environment to monitor children and young people’s attention to task and safety
  • monitoring how students are making use of digital technology devices and applications to ensure appropriate use

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. 

Hearing

What do I need to be able to do?

In the professional experience placement, tasks which require hearing or alternatives (e.g. accurate lip reading, amplification equipment) include:

  • proactively listening and monitoring students in outdoor settings such as on playing fields
  • listening for inappropriate or off-task behaviour in classrooms 

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 augmentation such as lip reading and / or assistive technology to enhance your hearing will be considered. It is recommended that you discuss this with the ELS and placement coordinator prior to commencing your placement.

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, throwing and navigating a range of environments. 

In the professional experience placement setting, tasks which require gross motor skills include:

  • demonstrating key movements, sequences and tactics to school students within a physical activity context e.g. demonstrating an overhand throw, two-handed strike, running technique, a forward roll or safe landing. 

NB: Students must be able to complete some, not necessarily all of the above tasks

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. Students 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.

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?

During professional experience placement, tasks which require physical and mental endurance include:

  • remaining physically active for a full day of Physical Education teaching 
  • concentrating for a full day of teaching, which typically includes concentrating for the entire duration of a lesson, without lapses or breaks.What adjustments to my study conditions can I access?

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.