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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. SPX 340 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 SPX 340 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 SPX 340?

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 Sonia Online before you receive a confirmation email from SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au to organise an enrolment meeting. Once you receive the confirmation email you must 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 Sonia 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 and First aid certificate and one copy of your Blue card confirmation letter and place in a folder ready for your enrolment meeting.

Can I use SPX 340 as an elective?

This course is a required course 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 SPX 340 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 SPX 340 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 2018?

Semester 1

Session 4 

Semester 2

Session 8

For USC students requiring more specific details regarding mandatory checks and enrolment deadlines, this information can be found on the Sport and Exercise Science Community Page, under the SPX 340 tab, on Blackboard.

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 SPX 340?

Yes. The pre-requisite for SPX340 is SPX121 Exercise Prescription and Programming I and SPX212

Are there specific requirements and mandatories for SPX340? 

Yes. Mandatory checks for SPX 340+ are listed below these FAQs. USC students can also access this information via the Sport and Exercise Science Community Page, under the SPX 340 tab, on Blackboard.

Mandatory checks

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important mandatory checks* and upload them to Sonia 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 checks, access to Sonia Online, as well as the time frames and deadlines for the requirements.

NOTE: some of the mandatory checks take up to 6 weeks to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their checks 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 Online for current enrolled students only.

Important SPX 340 Semester 1 enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

Previous Year

Complete the following requirements in the year prior to enrolment

End-October-the year prior

Enrolments open for SPX 340 in Semester 1 2018. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator. NB: Enrolment forms will be held until a pass is noted in the sem 2 prerequisite/s

Early-December the year prior

Latest date to submit Blue Card application
Enrolment Year  Complete the following requirements in the year of enrolment

Mid-January

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

Mid/End-January

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

Late-January

Enrolments close for SPX 340 in Semester 1, last enrolment meeting will occur late January

Mid-February

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your commencement date your course coordinator will contact you

Mid-February

Complete PrePlace modules These must be completed before the lecture in O week. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s.
Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) placements

Students hoping to be placed at a QAS placement for a 10 week block must express interest to the course coordinator as soon as possible. QAS usually post expressions of interest for student applications to the USC SPX 340 course coordinator in April. These dates are dependent on QAS time frames and communications with QLD universities.

Important SPX 340 Session 4 enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

End-March

Latest date to submit Blue Card application

Mid-April

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

Mid-April

to Mid-May

Enrolments open for SPX 340 in Session 4. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator

Late-April

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

Early-May

Enrolments close for SPX 340 in Session 4, last enrolment meeting will occur Early May

Mid-May

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you

Mid-May

Complete PrePlace modules These must be completed before the lecture in Mid May. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s
Important SPX 340 Semester 2 enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

Mid- May

Latest date to submit Blue Card application

May

to July

Enrolments open for SPX 340 in Semester 2. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator

Mid-June

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

End-June

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

Mid-July

Enrolments close for SPX 340 in Semester 2, last enrolment meeting will occur Mid- July

Mid-July

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you

Mid-July

Complete PrePlace modules. These must be completed before the lecture in O week. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s
Important SPX 340 Session 8 enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

Mid-September

to Mid-October

Enrolments open for SPX 340 in Semester 2. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator.
Mid-September Latest date to submit Blue Card application

Mid-October

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

End October

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

End October

Enrolments Close for SPX 340 in Session 8, last enrolment meeting will occur End October

End October

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

End October

Complete PrePlace modules. These must be completed before the lecture in early/mid November. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s

SPX300 is a third year required course in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (ESSA minor) and Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science programs. It is offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. This course provides students with 140 hours experience working with healthy populations 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 hours that occur during placements are to be recorded in Exercise and Sport Science Australia's standard clinical logbooks.

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 SPX 300?

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

How do I organise an enrolment meeting?

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

What do I do if I have uploaded all 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 Sonia Online the placement office will then forward you the confirmation email.

What do I bring to my enrolment meeting?

Print and place the following in a folder ready for your enrolment meeting:

  • CPR certificate - 2 copies
  • First aid certificate - 2 copies
  • Blue card confirmation letter - 1 copy
  • Madatory Checklist - 1 copy
What are the cut off dates for enrolments?

Semester 1: by 5th December

Semester 2: by 3rd July

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 SPX 300?

Yes. The pre-requisite for SPX 300 is SPX212 or SPX121 and SPX221 and SPX222.

Are there specific requirements and checks for SPX 300? 

Yes. Mandatory checks for SPX 300+ are listed below these FAQ and on the Sport and Exercise Science Community page.

Mandatory checks

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important Mandatory checks* and upload them to Sonia 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 checks, access to Sonia Online, as well as the time frames and deadlines for the requirements.

NOTE: some of the mandatory checks take up to 6 weeks to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their checks 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 Online for current enrolled students only.

Important SPX 300 Semester 1 enrolment dates - specific dates are given on the Sport and Exercise Community page
Due date Requirement/s

Previous Year

Complete the following requirements in the year prior to enrolment in SPX 300

Mid- September

Latest date to submit Blue Card application

Mid-October

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

End October

to Early December

Enrolments open for SPX 300 in Semester 1. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator
NB: Enrolment forms will be held until a pass is noted in the prerequisite/s

Mid November

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

 5th December

Enrolments close for SPX 300 in Semester 1

Early January

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you

Mid-February

Complete PrePlace modules These must be completed before commencing placement. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s, and collect student badge
Important SPX 300 Semester 2 enrolment dates -specific dates are given on the Sport and Exercise Community page 
Due date Requirement/s

Previous Year

Complete the following requirements in the year prior to enrolment in SPX 300

Mid- April

Latest date to submit Blue Card application

Mid-June

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

Late May

to Early July

Enrolments open for SPX 300 in Semester 2. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator

NB: Enrolment forms will be held until a pass is noted in the prerequisite/s

Mid-June

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

 3rd July

Enrolments close for SPX 300 in Semester 2

Mid July

 Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you

Mid-July

Complete PrePlace modules. These must be completed before commencing placement. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s, and collect student badge

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 Exercise Science hours completed in SPX300 and 360 Clinical hours completed in SPX401

*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 SPX 401?

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

How do I organise an enrolment meeting?

You are required to upload all your mandatory documents to Sonia 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 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 Sonia 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 enrolment?

Semester 1

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. Information is also found on the Sport and Exercise Community page.

Is there a pre-requisite for SPX401

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

Are there specific requirements and checks for SPX401  

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

Mandatory checks

Before you can enrol in, and commence, placement you must complete important Mandatory checks* and upload them to Sonia 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 checks, access to Sonia Online, as well as the time frames and deadlines for the checks.

NOTE: some of the mandatory checks take up to 6 months to organise, so students are asked to commence working on obtaining their checks 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 Online for current enrolled students only.

Important SPX 401 Semester 1 enrolment dates
Due date Requirement/s

Previous Year

Complete the following requirements in the year prior to enrolment in SPX 401

Mid May

Latest date to commence Hepatitis B vaccination schedule

Mid- September

Latest date to submit Blue Card application

October

to December

Enrolments Open for SPX401 Semester 1. Enrolment is completed manually in a face to face meeting with the course coordinator

NB: Enrolment forms will be held until a pass is noted in the prerequisite/s

Mid-October

Latest date to complete a CPR and/or First Aid course/s

Mid November

Latest date to upload mandatory documents to Sonia Online

5th December

Enrolments Close for SPX401 in Semester 1

Enrolment Year

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

Early January

Allocation of placements. Sonia Online will display placement allocations. If there is something unique to your start date your course coordinator will contact you.

Mid-February

Complete PrePlace modules These must be completed before commencing placement. Read Student Manual, placement site/s risk assessment/s, and collect student badge

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.au
Telephone: +61 7 5456 5823

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