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There are three placement courses which are available in the Sport and Exercise and Clinical Exercise Science Programs:

This course is designed to give you further opportunity to develop your practical and applied skills. It is offered Semester 1, Session 4, Semester 2 and Session 8. SPX340 requires 130 hours of structured and supervised vocational work placement in which students gain a greater understanding of the work requirements of the areas of the sport and exercise science industry in which they may seek future employment. Potential placements include, but are not limited to, sports coaching, strength and conditioning, sports science assessment, sport management and sports training (for example sports first aid).

Students undertake a Sport and Exercise Science placement for many different reasons, including:

  • Exposure to a particular Sport and Exercise position (for example strength and conditioning)
  • Exposure to a position with a particular organisation (for example the Queensland Academy of Sport - QAS)
  • Opportunity to work in a particular organisation (for example Swim Australia)
  • Opportunity to work in a position where they may be exposed to a particular skill they are interested in (for example sport coaching across a number of sports).

Specific mandatory information for SPX340 can be found on the Sport and Exercise Science Community page once enrolled in an SPX program.

Frequently asked questions
How do I enrol in SPX340?

All enrolments are completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. YOU DO NOT ENROL VIA CENTRAL

How do I organise an enrolment meeting?

You are required to upload all of your mandatory documents to WILS Online before you receive a confirmation email from SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to organise an enrolment meeting. Once you receive the confirmation email forward it to the course coordinator.

What do I do if I have uploaded all of my Mandatory documents but have not received a confirmation email?

Send an email to the placement office SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to follow up and confirm you are able to email the course coordinator for an enrolment meeting. If all documents are in WILS Online the placement office will then forward you the confirmation email.

What do I bring to my enrolment meeting?

Compile your own placement folder. Print off 2 copies of your CPR certificate (2 copies) and First aid certificate (2 copies) and one copy of your Blue card confirmation letter (1 copy) and place in a folder ready for your enrolment meeting.

Can I use SPX340 as an elective?

This course is an elective subject for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. However, students in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science degree can also use SPX340 as an elective. They must seek program advice to ensure their program has elective space to do this.

What do I do if I'm interested in a placement in an institution that has an application process?

Some SPX340 placements require students to submit applications. Students should inform the placement coordinator of their interest in an institution placement (eg QAS) 6-8 months prior to the year they plan to enrol in SPX340 to undertake their placement. Typically students should let the placement coordinator know their interest in such placements early in their 2nd year of study.

What are the cut off dates for enrolments for 2016?

Semester 1 2016: by Monday 8 February

Session 4 2016: by Monday 9 May

Semester 2 2016: by Wednesday 29 June

Session 8 2016: by Monday 31 October

When do I need to complete my online PrePlace modules?

Preplace modules must be completed the week before the first lecture for the session or semester.

Are there any lectures I must attend?

Yes. There are 2 lectures you must attend. The first lecture is in Orientation Week of a Semester; or the week before a Session is due to start. The second lecture is in the last week of a Semester (Week 13) or Session (Week 7/8).

Do I need to read the course outline?

Students are encouraged to read a prior course outline from a previous semester or session (because the current course outline will not be available in time for preparation of mandatory requirements). Any changes to the course outline will be discussed in the student's enrolment meeting.

Is there a pre-requisite for SPX340?

Yes. The pre-requisite for SPX340 is SPX212.

Are there specific requirements and mandatories for SPX340? 

Yes. Mandatory Requirements for SPX340 Professional Placement in Sport and Exercise Science are listed below these FAQs.

Mandatory requirements

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important Mandatory requirements* and upload them to SONIA (WILS Online) **. Once enrolled in an SPX course, and degree/ program, you will have access to the Sport and Exercise Science Community page where you will find all the relevant information about the SPX placement mandatory requirements, access to WILs online, as well as the time frames and deadlines for the requirements.

NOTE: some of the mandatory requirements take up to 6 weeks to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their mandatories as soon as possible to ensure they meet the manual enrolment time frames.

*For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page

**Access to SONIA (WILS Online) for current enrolled students only.

Semester 1, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

23 September 2015

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening

12 October 2015

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

19 October 2015

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

26 October 2015

Enrolments open for SPX340 Semester 1 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 08/02/2016.

NB: As SPX212 is the Prerequisite for SPX340, the enrolment meeting will still go ahead, however enrolment forms will be held and not submitted until a pass is noted in SPX212

4 January 2016

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

18 January 2016

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

27 January 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

8 February 2016

Enrolments close for SPX340 Semester 1 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 8 February 2016.

27 January 2016–

29 February 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

16 February 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace in February 2016. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

17 February 2016

Student manual: You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) placements

Students hoping to be placed at a QAS placement for a 10 week block between August 2016 to July 2017 must express interest to the course coordinator before April 2016. QAS usually post expressions of interest for student applications to the USC SPX340 course coordinator in April 2016. These dates are dependent on QAS time frames and communications with QLD universities.

Session 4, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

29 February 2016

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening in April.

4 April 2016

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening in April.

4 April 2016

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

11 April 2016

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

18 April 2016

Enrolments open for SPX340 Session 4 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 09/05/2016.

18 April 2016

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

25 April 2016

Latest date to upload all mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

9 May 2016

Enrolments close for SPX340 Session 4 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 9 May 2016.

25 April 2016—

26 May 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

16 May 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace from enrolment. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

17 May 2016

Student manual: You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Semester 2, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

18 April 2016

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening.

16 May 2016

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

23 May 2016

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

23 May 2016

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

30 May 2016

Enrolments open for SPX340 Semester 2 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 04/07/2016.

13 June 2016

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

20 June 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

4 July 2016

Enrolments close for SPX340 Semester 2 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 04/07/2016.

20 June 2016–22 July 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

11 July 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace from enrolment. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

12 July 2016

Student manual:  You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Session 8, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

25 July 2016

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening.

22 August 2016

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

29 August 2016

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

5 September 2016

Enrolments open for SPX340 Session 8 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 31/10/2016.

12 September 2016

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

17 October 2016

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

24 October 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

31 October 2016

Enrolments Close for SPX340 Session 8 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 31/10/2016.

30 October 2016–

18 November 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

7 November 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace in late October 2016. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

8 November 2016

Student manual:  You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

SPX300 is a third year required course in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (ESSA minor) and Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science programs. Please note it is only a required course for those students who have registered their ESSA minor in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. It is offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. This course provides students with 140 hours experience working with apparently healthy clients which assists students in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science to meet 140 hours of placement for the Exercise Science membership with ESSA, and is an important introduction to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science in helping them meet their 500hrs in total for their Accredited Exercise Physiology application.

All Apparently Healthy face to face hours that occur during placements are to be recorded in Exercise and Sport Science Australia's standard clinical logbooks. Please note, those students who register and undertake the ESSA minor are doing so as they plan to pursue post graduate studies in Clinical Exercise Science at another institution. ESSA minors (for Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science students) must be registered with Student Central to be eligible for enrolment in SPX300.

Specific mandatory information for SPX300 can be found on the Sport and Exercise Science Community page once enrolled in an SPX program.

Frequently asked questions
How do I enrol in SPX300?

All enrolments are completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. YOU DO NOT ENROL VIA CENTRAL

How do I organise an enrolment meeting?

You are required to upload all of your mandatory documents to WILS Online before you receive a confirmation email from SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to organise an enrolment meeting. Once you receive the confirmation email forward it to the course coordinator.

What do I do if I have uploaded all of my Mandatory documents but have not received a confirmation email?

Send an email to the placement office SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to follow up and confirm you are able to email the course coordinator for an enrolment meeting. If all documents are in WILS Online the placement office will then forward you the confirmation email.

What do I bring to my enrolment meeting?

Compile your own placement folder. Print off 2 copies of your CPR certificate (2 copies) and First aid certificate (2 copies) and one copy of your Blue card confirmation letter (1 copy) and place in a folder ready for your enrolment meeting.

What are the cut off dates for enrolments for 2016?

Semester 1 2016: by Monday 7 December

Semester 2 2016: by Friday 17 June

When do I need to complete my online PrePlace modules?

Preplace modules must be completed the week before the first lecture for the semester.

Are there any lectures I must attend?

Yes. There are 2 lectures and 5 workshops you must attend to ensure you meet ESSA’s requirements. The first lecture is in Orientation Week of a Semester, the second lecture is in the last week of a Semester (Week 13). There are 3 workshops (1-2 hrs long) in Orientation Week and 2 workshops in Week 1 of Semester. You are also required to do some homework prep for your workshops.

Do I need to read the course outline?

Students are encouraged to read a prior course outline from a previous semester or session (because the current course outline will not be available in time for preparation of mandatory requirements). Any changes to the course outline will be discussed in the student's enrolment meeting.

Is there a pre-requisite for SPX300?

Yes. The pre-requisite for SPX340 is SPX212.

Are there specific requirements and mandatories for SPX300? 

Yes. Mandatory Requirements for SPX300 Introduction to Clinical Placement are listed below these FAQs.

Mandatory requirements

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important Mandatory requirements* and upload them to SONIA (WILS Online) **. Once enrolled in an SPX course, and degree/ program, you will have access to the Sport and Exercise Science Community page where you will find all the relevant information about the SPX placement mandatory requirements, access to WILs online, as well as the time frames and deadlines for the requirements.

NOTE: some of the mandatory requirements take up to 6 weeks to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their mandatories as soon as possible to ensure they meet the manual enrolment time frames.

*For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page

**Access to SONIA (WILS Online) for current enrolled students only.

Semester 1, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

23 September 2015

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening

12 October 2015

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

19 October 2015

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

26 October 2015

Enrolments open for SPX300 Semester 1 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 8 February 2016.

NB: As SPX212 is the Prerequisite for SPX300, the enrolment meeting will still go ahead, however enrolment forms will be held and not submitted until a pass is noted in SPX212

28 October 2015

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

23 November 2015

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

30 November 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

7 December 2016

Enrolments close for SPX300 Semester 1 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 8 February 2016.

4 January 2016–11 January 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

16 February 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace in mid-January 2016. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

17 February 2016

Student manual:  You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Semester 2, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

18 April 2016

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening.

23 May 2016

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

23 May 2016

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

30 May 2016

Enrolments open for SPX300 Semester 2 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 4 July 2016.

13 June 2016

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

16 June 2016

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

20 June 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

4 July 2016

Enrolments Close for SPX300 Semester 2 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 4 July 2016.

18 June 2016–22 July 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

11 July 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace from enrolment. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

12 July 2016

Student manual:  You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Students enrolled in placement for the clinical degree are required to adhere to the ESSA guidelines. Clinical placements are designed meet the requirement for 500 practicum hours for the ESSA Exercise Physiology Accreditation across the last 2 years of the 4 year Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science. These hours include 140 Apparently Healthy hours completed in SPX300 and 360 Clinical hours completed in SPX401A*.

*SPX401 contains four units of SPX401A & SPX401B (Semester 1) and SPX401C and SPX401D (Semester 2). The course outline for each of these units is the same.

This course provides students with an advanced level of supervised professional experience in two or more clinical settings. Students will undertake a total of 360 hours of work placement engaging in exercise delivery for clients with: neurological, neuromuscular or musculoskeletal conditions (140+ hours); cardiorespiratory or metabolic conditions (140+ hours); and within any clinical category (80+ hours). All clinical face to face consultations that occur during placements are to be recorded in Exercise and Sport Science Australia standard clinical logbooks. The course is delivered across two semesters (Semester 1 and Semester 2)

Specific mandatory information for SPX401  can be found on the Sport and Exercise Science Community page once enrolled in an SPX program.

Frequently asked questions
How do I enrol in SPX401

All enrolments are completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. YOU DO NOT ENROL VIA CENTRAL

How do I organise an enrolment meeting?

You are required to upload all of your mandatory documents to WILS Online before you receive a confirmation email from SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to organise an enrolment meeting. Once you receive the confirmation email forward it to the course coordinator.

What do I do if I have uploaded all of my Mandatory documents but have not received a confirmation email?

Send an email to the placement office SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to follow up and confirm you are able to email the course coordinator for an enrolment meeting. If all documents are in WILS Online the placement office will then forward you the confirmation email.

What do I bring to my enrolment meeting?

Compile your own placement folder. Place the originals of your 3 QHealth documents in the folder and print off 1 copy of your 3 QHealth documents, 1 copy of your CPR, 1 copy of your First aid, 1 copy of your Hep B serology report, and 1 copy of your Blue card confirmation letter, and place them in the folder ready for your enrolment meeting.

What are the cut off dates for enrolments for 2016?

Semester 1 2016: by Monday 7 December

When do I need to complete my online PrePlace modules?

Preplace modules must be completed the week before the first lecture for the semester.

Are there any lectures I must attend?

Yes. There are 2 lectures you must attend to ensure you meet ESSA’s requirements. The first lecture is in Orientation Week of a Semester 1 2016, the second lecture is in the last week of Semester 2 2016 (Week 13).

Do I need to read the course outline?

Students are encouraged to read a prior course outline from a previous semester or session (because the current course outline will not be available in time for preparation of mandatory requirements). Any changes to the course outline will be discussed in the student's enrolment meeting.

Is there a pre-requisite for SPX401

Yes. The pre-requisites for SPX401 are SPX300, SPX301 and SPX302.

Are there specific requirements and mandatories for SPX401  

Yes. Mandatory Requirements for SPX401A Advanced Professional Experience for Exercise Science are listed below these FAQs.

Mandatory requirements

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important Mandatory requirements* and upload them to SONIA (WILS Online) **. Once enrolled in an SPX course, and degree/ program, you will have access to the Sport and Exercise Science Community page where you will find all the relevant information about the SPX placement mandatory requirements, access to SONIA (WILs Online), as well as the time frames and deadlines for the requirements.

NOTE: some of the mandatory requirements take up to 6 months to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their mandatories as soon as possible to ensure they meet the manual enrolment time frames.

*For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page

**Access to SONIA (WILS Online) for current enrolled students only.

Semester 1, 2016 important enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

May 2015

Commence Hepatitis B vaccination course

30 June 2015

Latest date to commence Hepatitis B vaccination course before enrolment closes

23 September 2015

The date you should submit your blue card application paperwork if you want the paperwork back in time for enrolments opening

12 October 2015

CPR and/or First Aid courses are completed by now so you have the certificates in time for enrolment opening.

19 October 2015

Have all mandatory documents uploaded to WILS Online in time for enrolments opening.

26 October 2015

Enrolments Open for SPX401 Semester 1 2016. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 7 December 2015.

NB: As SPX300, SPX301 and SPX302 are Prerequisites for SPX401 , the enrolment meeting will still go ahead, however enrolment forms will be held and not submitted until a pass is noted in SPX301 and SPX302 from Semester 2.

28 October 2015

Latest date to submit Blue card application to allow time for it be processed and approved in time for enrolment close.

23 November 2015

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course to allow time to obtain certificate in time for enrolment close.

30 November 2016

Latest date to upload all Mandatory documents to WILS Online, to allow time to upload it, receive confirmation email for an enrolment meeting and then book a meeting before enrolment close.

7 December 2016

Enrolments Close for SPX401 Semester 1 2016. The last enrolment meetings will occur on 7 December 2015.

4 January 2016–11 January 2016

You are allocated your placements. WILS Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

16 February 2016

PrePlace modules due date: You will have access to Preplace in mid-January 2016. You can not go on placement without having completed these modules.

17 February 2016

Student manual:  You must read and understand the student manual which can be found on Blackboard. This will be accessible from January 2016.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by placement organisations to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved paramedic science placement are covered by the University’s insurance policies.

Contact

For course information or to discuss your interest in placement contact:

Michelle Small, Placement Coordinator and Course Coordinator
School of Health and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

For general enquiries about School of Health and Sport Sciences work integrated learning opportunities please contact:

Clinical Placements Administrative Assistant
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
Email: SHSSplacements@usc.edu
Telephone: +61 7 5456 5823

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