Professional Practice in Sport Science

Unit code: SSC3000 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Completion of 192 credit points.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Professional Practice in Sport Science is the second capstone unit for the Bachelor of Sport Science. In this unit students learn about working in a multi-disciplinary sports settings and the challenges faced by athletes and coaches to perform at their best. This unit provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills acquired through their course to transition into careers in sport science.

On the completion of this unit students will have an understanding of the complexities of working in a dynamic sport environment. Students will learn about advanced performance profiling, periodization, and ethical thinking, and how to apply these when solving complex real-world problems in sport by reviewing case studies and problem-based learning activities. Students will also learn from first hand from leading sport science professionals during field trips to high-performance sport organisations in Melbourne

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Adapt skills and knowledge to anticipate and creatively solve problems related to professional practice in sport science;
  2. Appraise and conceptualise the ethical implications of professional practice in sport science and associated industry sectors;
  3. Derive ethical positions and coherently justify that position in relation to personal goals in work and learning; and,
  4. Determine and evaluate the complexities of working in multi-disciplinary sport science teams to make decisions and solve problems.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 30%
Reflective journal x 3
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Written assignment – ethical case study
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Capstone presentation project – collaborative exposition of an ethical issue and solution in sport science

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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