University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Exercise Science

Course code/s: HBESB, HBES

Course details
Location Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HBESB HBES (continuing students only)
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Rodrigo Bini
Course advisor Dr Kane Middleton (Melbourne)
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 079549K
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes The Melbourne (Bundoora) offering of this degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2017. Prospective students who wish to study at Bundoora may wish to consider the Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science

Course description

This course explores the principles of human movement in the context of physical activity, sport, exercise and health. You will apply an understanding of key biological, social and health sciences with core knowledge in motor control, behavioural psychology, exercise physiology, function anatomy and biomechanics, to relevant applications in health-related exercise, recreational activity and elite sports.

In first year, you will undertake six common subjects with students from other health sciences courses, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second year provides core subjects in biological, mechanical, sociology and behavioural bases of movement in an exercise health and sporting context.

In addition to gaining transferrable core graduate attributes, you will develop practical skills and work-related experience in preparation for employment as an Exercise Scientist. After completing this course, graduates will be eligible to apply for the Master of Exercise Physiology.

Clinical requirements

Students will be required to complete at least 140 hours of practical placement throughout the course, undertaking work with apparently healthy populations.

Additional requirements

There are a number of inherent costs that students will incur throughout this course. These costs might include, but are not limited to:

  • text books – approximately $400 per semester
  • protective clothing and uniform – approximately $150
  • police check – approximately $20
  • first aid and CPR – approximately $160
  • immunisation, which may be required for Placements – approximately $150.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Apply knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to evaluate movement and devise safe and effective fitness programs, improve athletic performance, correct improper technique, prevent injuries and regain physical fitness after injury.
Evaluate the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and apply this knowledge to develop effective programs that encourage individuals to incorporate regular physical activity into a healthy lifestyle.
Combine general nutritional principles with exercise advice to increase the effectiveness of health and wellbeing interventions.
Determine how age, gender, culture, socioeconomic and development status can influence the individual's exercise capacity and motivation to participate in regular physical activity; and how physical activity, in turn, influence growth and development.
Understand the many physiological, psychological, social and environmental factors influencing participation and adherence to a physically active lifestyle.
Determine the relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviours and lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes mellitus, asthma, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Have the ability to develop and deliver individualised exercise programmes, to include pre-participation screening, risk appraisal, and exercise and performance assessments.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)                                                                                                                                      
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM ** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 DTN1NHW Introduction of Nutrition 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS1EFH Exercise Fitness and Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key:*ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester.  The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester.  The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)                                                                                                                                        
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALT Anatomy of Lower Limb and Trunk 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS2ESB Exercise and Sports Biomechanics 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS2ESP Exercise and Sports Physiology 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS2MCL Motor Control and Learning 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3AUN Anatomy of Upper Limb, Head and Neurosciences 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS2AES Applied Exercise Science1 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective Students to select a second-year elective to the value of 15 credit points. 15

Key1 70 hours practicum.  

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)                                                                                                                                                       
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1/ALLYR EXS3EPP Exercise Programming and Prescription1 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS3AEP Advanced Exercise Physiology 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS3SKA Skill Acquisition 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SEP Sport and Exercise Psychology 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PBD Pathophysiology 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS3AEB Advanced Exercise Biomechanics 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BCR Behavioural Change for Rehabilitation Clients 15
  Students to select a subject from the following core-choice list.  
TE-SEM-ALLYR EXS3EXP Exercise Science Project 15
TE-SEM-2 DTN3SPN Sports Nutrition 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PCY Foundations of Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 EDU4MS Movement Studies 2 15
  EXS3PSC2 Exercise Programming for Strength and Conditioning 15

Key1 70 hours practicum.  2 subject unavailable in 2018.


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