2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Exercise Science | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Exercise Science



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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757642


Exercise Scientists are trained to utilise exercise as a preventative intervention and maintenance tool to improve health and achieve positive measurable health outcomes, using both aerobic and strength/conditioning forms of exercise.

The Bachelor of Exercise Science provides a general introduction to the area of exercise science through the study of anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics. Students will gain a basic understanding of the anatomical and physiological basis of human motion and the effects exercise and training have on disease and injury prevention, human performance in sport, industry and activities of daily living.

Upon successful completion of the degree, students may apply for the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Rehabilitation or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. The Bachelor of Exercise Science can also be used for entry into other allied health postgraduate degrees. (i,e physiotherapy).

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Illustrate a comprehensive and coherent knowledge in the principles and concepts associated with exercise science.
2 Critically review, analyse and synthesise information.
3 Indicate how exercise science knowledge and skills can be applied in professional practice and scholarship.
4 Demonstrate evidence of outcomes related to Discipline Threshold Learning Outcomes and Professional Accreditation Requirements including: a. Exercise assessment, prescription and delivery b. Analysis and modification of movement c. Understanding foundational principles of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, psychology d. Statistics and research methodology.
5 Exercise critical thinking and independent problem solving.
6 Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Exercise Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Students intending to apply for the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Rehabilitation or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology should seek academic advice regarding subject selection.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
PSYC101Introduction to Behavioural Science6Autumn, Summer 2019/2020
MEDI110Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise6Not available in 2019
MEDI111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I6Autumn
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101. All other students must select CHEM104.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
PSYC116Psychology of Physical Activity and Health6Spring
MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
Select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM105.
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Year 2
MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
MEDI222Foundations of Biomechanics6Autumn
Plus one subject from the following list:
MGNT102Business Communications6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2019/2020
HAS 230Contemporary Public Health Issues6Autumn
Or another subject that has been approved by the Course Coordinator
MEDI220Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy6Spring
MEDI221Exercise Physiology6Spring
MEDI258Human Neuromechanics6Spring
STAT251Fundamentals of Biostatistics6Spring
Year 3
MEDI322Advanced Studies in Exercise Physiology6Autumn
EXSC330Exercise Prescription18Autumn
MEDI330Sensorimotor Control of Movement6Spring
EXSC370Clinical Biomechanics in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation6Not available in 2019
Plus, 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
MEDI314Regional Anatomy6Spring
MEDI304Research Methods and Analysis6Spring
MEDI323Cardiorespiratory Studies6Spring
Or other subjects that have been approved by the Course Coordinator.
*Must be taken if applying for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Please click the subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject at different locations. For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 140 hours of compulsory work-based placements, which must be completed over the three years of the course. In order to attend the practicum experience, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend the practicum experience,  and therefore will not be able to continue in this degree. For further information on Criminal Record Checks please see visit Student Clearances for Clinical Placements - NSW Department of Health.

This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.


Successful completion of the Bachelor of Exercise Science with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry to the BSc (Honours). Prospective applicants should consult the School Honours Coordinator to register their interest and become involved in the supervisor and topic selection process.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Bachelor of Exercise Science has been accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership as an Exercise Scientist.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 11 October, 2018