Welcome to the School of Human Movement Studies
In a short period since its establishment in July 2003, the School of Human Movement Studies has established itself as a national leader in providing programs in Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education and Sports Journalism.
The School prides itself on teaching excellence in the core areas of exercise science, backed by a multidisciplinary and cutting edge research profile. The School aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed in a dynamic and modern employment sector. Our graduates have a distinguished record in gaining employment in all facets of the sports and exercise industries as well as teaching, and we strive to provide courses which will give our graduates theedge.
The School is comprised of 15 full time academic staff, PhD and Honours students, and over 400 undergraduate students undertaking exercise science courses with business, teaching and communication-journalism.
The School provides back-up support to regional athletes through the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) and through this, our students are able to engage in practical work relevant to the profession.
Our teaching and research facilities are second to none and all students have the opportunity to develop a range of skills which enhance the theoretical components of their training.
If you are interested in exercise and physical activity and would like to explore your options with us, I encourage you to make your way through our website or simply call us or if you prefer, click on this link to videos which outline the various employment paths from our degree in Exercise Science.
Shaping the future of clinical exercise physiology
The new postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology - Rehabilitation has been accredited by Exercise and Sports Sciences Australia (ESSA) under the National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP). This course is the only accredited Masters-level program in clinical exercise physiology delivered by distance education. More details are available here in the CSU News release.
Rural journalism award for CSU student
A Charles Sturt University (CSU) student has been announced as the 2013 recipient of the JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism, an initiative of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF).
Ms Simone Norrie, the fifth winner of the award, is in her final year of th Bachelor of Sport Studies/Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) double degree.
Ms Norrie received the 2013 JB Fairfax Award for her feature article, The Gamble: the domestic lamb market is putting more pressure than ever on producers.
She attributes her interest in rural affairs reporting to growing up on her family’s sheep and cropping property south of Eugowra in the NSW central west.
“Coming from a farming background, I have always had a passion for rural issues and the rural print media,” Ms Norrie said. “My parents are farmers, and rural issues have always interested me as they directly affect my family and my community. I believe that there are many untold stories in rural and regional NSW. I also think that issues that stem from rural Australia often affect us on a national level, so it is important that the media exposes and discusses these issues so that people in urban areas can also gain insight into the agriculture industry, as this affects everyone.”
CSU senior lecturer in journalism, Mr Chris McGillion, said, “Simone is an excellent choice for the JB Fairfax Award. Throughout the time I taught her she displayed exceptional investigative and interviewing skill, an avid interest in rural affairs, and the kind of get-go drive to succeed in journalism that set her apart”.
“I have been entirely educated in the country, so being able to undertake my tertiary studies at a regional university was very important to me,” Ms Norrie said. “I was attracted to study at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst because of its reputation, especially in the communications field, and, being from a rural area, it is nice to only be two hours from home. I lived on campus for two years, and enjoyed that immensely, as it was a great way to make friends, and find a balance that allowed me to study and socialise.
“I also wanted to study in Bathurst so that I could complete the double degree, as I am hoping that this will make me more employable in the future, and show employers that I am willing to be versatile and write on different topics and issues. The Sport Studies component of my degree is to make me more versatile as a writer, and to gain further knowledge in my journalism studies. In regional areas, especially in the print media, it is important to be able to write on a broad range of issues, and in different sections of the newsroom.
“In terms of career aims, I hope to gain employment as a print journalist. Winning this award was one of my long-term goals, but in the near future I am just focused on finishing my degree, and graduating in December.”
The JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism was established to encourage quality reporting of rural and regional affairs by Australian journalists. It was created through a private donation by Mr John B Fairfax, AO, and is managed by the RASF, a philanthropic foundation which seeks to encourage educational excellence and foster vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities by supporting quality youth and community programs.
High employment rates in Exercise Science
We believe that Exercise Science students from Charles Sturt University are well prepared for the professions with employers holding our graduates in high esteem. The employment record for our course graduates is very high, at 86%. This is an achievement we as a School are extremely proud of and it reflects the combination of academic excellence, practical application, skill development and the compulsory professional practice subjects.
Exercise and sports Science programmes are made up of a number of different disciplines including:
- Exercise Physiology
- Motor Control
- Exercise and Sport Psychology
- Physical Activity and Health
Career options in Exercise and Sports Science are limitless and earning potential for graduates is amongst the best on offer. Graduates of Exercise and Sports Science (ESSA) degrees are highly sought after on the international stage, so why not see the world whilst developing and furthering your career.