Exercise Science Field Project

Dr Greg Reddan
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Telephone: + 61 7 55528943

Greg and students

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Exercise Science Field Project
Field placement
80 hours minimum
Undergraduate course (Field Project B)


Exercise Science

Employment sector

Health, sport

Student numbers

40 60


Elective course

Credit bearing

10 credit point which contributes to degree requirements


Satisfactory completion of 80 hours placement, CV, job application and mock interview
Critical reflection report


A few students may receive payment negotiable with organization

Number of staff involved

One academic staff involved in placing students
Two Careers and Employment staff involved in lectures (three sessions) and mock interviews (two sessions)
Three academic staff involved in mock interviews (two sessions)



Key Words

Exercise Science; assessment; Work placement; Mock interviews; careers; physiology


Field Project B is an elective course in the Bachelor of Exercise Science program.

The rationale for including this course is to make students aware of the requirements of the industry they wish to enter and the working environment of various organizations in which they may wish to seek employment. The course also aims to introduce students to various topics concerning the work environment and to outline career planning procedures.

Structure of program

This course includes 13 two-hour lecture/workshops in which students are introduced to various professional and personal techniques to assist them to gain entry into the workplace and to function successfully once they are in the workplace. It is COMPULSORY for students to attend the weekly lecture / workshop on campus as if they are working within the work environment. If you unable to attend, you must contact the course convenor and provide the reasons for your absence just as you would contact your employer.
The Field Work experience placement is designed to complement the course theory by allowing students to demonstrate and acquire further skill and knowledge in the work environment. Through completion of 80 hours of Field Work placement students will gain an understanding of some specific work requirements of an organization and the industry in which they are seeking future employment. The students Field Work experience supervisor will outline the progress of the students work experience.
The Critical reflection report is designed to assess the students ability to critically discuss and reflect on their Field Work experiences with their placement organization. Moreover, the Critical Reflection Report requires the student to relate their Field Work experiences to the training they have undergone during their undergraduate studies and to their preparation for their potential careers.

Special features

The course has been adopted as an exemplar for Career Development in Final Year (Work-Integrated Learning) in Career Smarter, an on-line guide for academic staff. Dr Reddan was awarded a Griffith Health Citation in 2006 for significant contribution to the career development of final year Exercise Science students by cultivating work readiness.

Use of the Measure of Guidance Impact (MGI) has demonstrated the effectiveness of the program in preparing students for the workplace. Surveys have indicated that a majority of students do not take advantage of voluntary information sessions provided by the Career and Employment Services. This course ensures that students are required to participate in this beneficial program. It would seem appropriate that all students at the university should be impelled into this experience. The perceived strengths of the information sessions were:

Students have indicated a number of benefits were provided through being interviewed. The most common were:

Students have suggested that they also gained significantly from being a member of the interview panel. The more frequent responses included:

The package of information sessions and interviews prepared students for real-world scenarios by:

Lectures are provided by professionals working in the health and fitness industry, sport and recreation, pharmaceutical industry, cardiac and sleep testing, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Students have emphasized increased awareness of employment possibilities and a more positive outlook for their future careers.

Future work

An area of consideration is accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist by the Australian Association for Exercise Science (AAESS). Students will be required to complete 500 hours of relevant work experience to gain accreditation which will enable them to gain a Medicare Provider Number and thereby increase their earning capacity considerably. Several courses within the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be revised to meet some of the required hours but an additional Field Project A may also be included as an elective within the curriculum.

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