University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology

Course code/s: HZESPB

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course code HZESPB
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Brett Gordon
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 079550F
Course duration 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Credit points 540 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

Course description

Exercise physiologists are specialists who use exercise interventions to condition clients for optimal health/performance and to treat patients with, or at elevated risk of developing, chronic illness or injury. The demand for qualified exercise physiologists is high, and expected to increase in future years, due to various factors including the ageing Australian population and an increased demand on the health care system due to chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

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 developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second and third years provide core subjects in biological, mechanical, sociological and behavioural bases of exercise and sports science. In the final year, you will develop strong clinical and professional skills to use exercise to improve health and rehabilitate individuals after injury or disease.

Clinical requirements

Students will be required to complete at least 500 hours of clinical placement throughout the course, undertaking work with apparently healthy populations, musculoskeletal/neurological populations and cardiorespiratory/metabolic 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 Clinical Placements – approximately $150-250.

Please note: the prices listed are approximate.

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 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.
Undertake, evaluate and present an independent research project in the discipline of Exercise Science.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over 4 years of full 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 to 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   Students to select a second-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15

Key: 1 70 hours practicum

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)                                                                                                                                                       
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR EXS3EXP Exercise Science Project 15
TE-ALLYR or TE-SEM-1 EXS3EPP Exercise Programming and Prescription1 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS3SKA Skill Acquisition 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3SEP Sport and Exercise Psychology 15
TE-SEM-1 EXS3AEP Advanced Exercise Physiology 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PBD Pathophysiologic Basis of Disease 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS3AEB Advanced Exercise Biomechanics 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BCR Behavioural Change for Rehabilitation Clients 15

Key: 1 70 hours practicum

Fourth year

Fourth year (180 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SUMMER-2 EXS4ACD Assessment and Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory & Metabolic Dysfunction 15
TE-SUMMER-2 EXS4AMD Assessment and Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction 15
TE-SUMMER-2 EXS4AND Assessment and Exercise Prescription for Neurological Dysfunction and Other Health Conditions 15
TE-W05-25 PTY5EBP Evidence Based Practice in Health 15
TE-W07-28 EXS5PPA Professional Practicum A2 15
TE-ALLYR EXS5RES Research Study 30
TE-various PTY5CDM Chronic Disease Management 15
TE-various EXS5PPB Professional Practicum B2 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS5PEP Professional Practice for Exercise Physiology 15
TE-SEM-2 EXS5PPC Professional Practicum C2 15
TE-SEM-2   Students to select a fourth or fifth-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met 15

Key: 2 120 hours practicum


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