2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757643


Exercise Science covers the effect of exercise on human performance in sport, fitness, industry tasks, injury and disease prevention, and on activities of daily living. Exercise Rehabilitation is specifically concerned with restoring good health and physical capability to people after illness or injury, or improving quality of life and managing physical function in people with chronic disease and physical disabilities.

You will study anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics. Your scientific training will improve your skills in data gathering and analysis, systems integration and most importantly, understanding the fundamental processes behind both healthy and unhealthy human bodies. This scientific foundation enables you to adapt to a variety of situations in the workplace.

The skills acquired are applied in clinical and community settings through clinical placements, which are an important part of the 3rd and 4th years of the degree.

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:

CLO Description
1 Consolidate and synthesise coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with exercise science and clinical exercise physiology.
2 Apply knowledge of research principles and methods associated with exercise science and physiology.
3 Assemble technical and cognitive skills in: a. Reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to independently generate solutions to complex problems; b. Critical thinking and judgement in developing and integrating new understanding; and c. Communicating knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
4 Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt clinical exercise physiology knowledge and skills that can be applied in professional practice and scholarship.
5 Independently plan and execute a project in regard to exercise physiology
6 Demonstrate evidence of outcomes related to Discipline Threshold Learning Outcomes and Professional Accreditation Requirements with respect to pathological conditions and special populations including:
a. Exercise assessment, prescription and delivery.
b. Analysis and modification of movement
c. Understanding foundational principles of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, psychology
d. Analysis and interpretation of statistics and research methodology.
7 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing and integrating new understanding.
8 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Students will need to achieve a minimum of a 70 WAM across the first two years of their program to be permitted to continue into the third and fourth years of this degree. Students failing to achieve this grade may be transferred to the Bachelor of Exercise Science degree. 


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
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.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI151 Healthy Ageing 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
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.
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
MEDI222 Foundations of Biomechanics 6 Autumn
PSYC216 Psychology of Physical Activity and Health 6 Autumn
Plus 6 credit points of elective subjects from the General Elective Schedule, Science Schedule or other subjects that have been approved by the Subject Coordinator
MEDI221 Exercise Physiology 6 Spring
MEDI220 Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy 6 Spring
MEDI258 Human Neuromechanics 6 Spring
MEDI304 Research Methods and Analysis 6 Spring
Year 3
EXSC330 Exercise Prescription 18 Autumn
MEDI322 Advanced Exercise Physiology and Metabolism 6 Autumn
MEDI330 Sensorimotor Control of Movement 6 Spring
EXSC370 Clinical Biomechanics in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation 6 Spring
MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
HAS 235 Productivity & Design of Work 6 Spring
Year 4
EXSC420 Clinical Exercise Physiology 24 Autumn
EXSC423 Clinical Practicum 18 Spring
EXSC424 Advanced Workplace Injury Management for Exercise Physiologists 6 Spring


Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 500 hours of compulsory work placement required to be completed over the 4 years of the course; 140 of which is required to be completed on apparently healthy individuals in the first 3 years. The remaining 360 hours of compulsory clinical placement is completed on people with pathology/injury in Spring session of the 4th year as part of the Clinical Practicum subject.

In order to attend Clinical Practicum, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Disease. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend  and therefore will not be able to continue in this degree. For further information on Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Diseases 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 and Rehabilitation with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours). For further information refer to the separate entry for the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

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

Other Information

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

Last reviewed: 1 December, 2020