EHR117 The Exercise Science Professional (8)

The subject adopts the theoretical framework of practice-based education. Students will actively engage in a professional placement with a healthy population group for a minimum of eighty (80) hours. This experience aims to assist students to be socialised into the exercise science professional community by adopting ethical practice, and applying their discipline, practical, interpersonal and reflective knowledge in authentic, real-world professional contexts. The subject provides opportunities for students to evaluate their suitability for employment in the exercise science and related fields of the profession.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise Science students
Bachelor of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation) students
Bachelor of Sport Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) students
Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Studies students
Bachelor of Sports Science students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explore the notion of being a professional in an occupational cultural community;
  • be able to investigate the factors that influence professional identity;
  • be able to examine the symbiotic professional relationship between the student, CSU and professional partners;
  • be able to explore the expectations, standards and codes of conduct, prescribed by professional bodies;
  • be able to interrogate their professional suitability to employment in exercise science and related fields;
  • be able to demonstrate their discipline, practical, interpersonal and reflective knowledge and skills in responding to authentic, contextual professional tasks;
  • be able to demonstrate their ability to adopt ethical and principled practices and standards in a professional context;
  • be able to actively engage in a professional placement in the area of exercise delivery for apparently healthy clients for a minimum of eighty (80) hours.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- What is a profession?
- What does it mean to be a professional?
- What does it mean to be an exercise science professional?
- What professions exist in exercise science?
- What ethical expectations are required from professionals in exercise science? (ESSA Code of Conduct)
- What is expected of graduates of CSU? (Graduate Attributes)
- What knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours, and values will I need to pursue a career in exercise science?
- How does this knowledge and skills relate to my university subjects?
- How will I know if I am suited to a career in exercise science?
- Do I have this knowledge and skills?
- How do I develop this knowledge and skills?
- What is Problem-Based Learning in Exercise Science?
- What is required of me in a professional context? - site specific
- How can I transfer my knowledge and skills to a professional practice context?
- How do I document my professional growth? - portfolios

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.