This unit is designed as the first part of a Capstone project taken by students in their final year of their program. It is designed to consolidate the students' undergraduate training via an advanced professional work placement and a reflective, evidence-based analysis of this placement. 
The placement aspect of this unit introduces students to professional roles and offers perspectives on the roles of other team members in the professional setting. Students observe exercise professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity programs, and learn about the equipment, facilities and program planning used in exercise delivery for healthy populations. Students have opportunities to practise exercise science in the service of apparently healthy individuals. Students are supervised in the workplace by an approved supervisor, with additional mentoring by university staff. 
The theoretical aspect of the second unit (AHE3200) includes a critical reflection of the placement, informed both by theoretical knowledge from the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, motor control, anatomy, psychology, sociology, and ethics, and professional knowledge from resistance training, exercise interventions, first aid and career and professional development.
This unit is designed to support students to obtain positive career outcomes by following a career development model. It will equip them to be proactive and strategic in career planning, aware of the variety of exercise and sport science career outcomes and to develop self-understanding to enable them to target their career actions.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge about career opportunities for the current and future job market in the field of exercise and sport science;  
  2. Establish and advance employment opportunities though application of a range of career strategies and lifelong job hunting skills;  
  3. Devise and evaluate effective and personal self-marketing strategies;  
  4. Exercise independent critical thinking, practices and judgements and reflect within the career placement at the workplace setting;  
  5. Utilise current business communication skills and practices to become an effective communicator; and  
  6. Relate theoretical knowledge and skills to the workplace by undertaking a career placement in a responsible, accountable and collaborative manner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Analysis of position description and production of a targeted cover letter, an achievement-focussed resume and creation of a LinkedIn Profile 30%
Case Study Interview a new network professional and incorporate findings using SAR responses in a mock interview presentation. 20%
Report Completion of a 140 hour career placement and professional report 50%

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