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Diploma of Exercise Studies

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Diploma of Exercise Studies

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Take the fast track to success with CSU's Diploma of Exercise Studies. This course is designed to help students from a non-accredited exercise science background to meet the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) requirements for entry to postgraduate degrees, such as CSU's Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

The course also offers a better understanding of exercise science for students from other health sciences and allied health professions.

  • Why study this course?

    Enhance your exercise science knowledge and skills - leading to professional accreditation in exercise science with ESSA.

    Industry recognised

    This course will help you to fill any outstanding gaps in your exercise science knowledge and skills – enabling professional accreditation in exercise science with ESSA. Accreditation in exercise science with ESSA is becoming the required prerequisite for entry into ESSA accredited postgraduate exercise physiology courses.

    Learn from industry specialists

    CSU's School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health is a national leader in providing programs in exercise and sport science, sports media and clinical exercise physiology. We teach excellence in the core areas of exercise science, backed by a multidisciplinary and cutting edge research profile.

    Give yourself a competitive edge

    Develop skills and knowledge for a dynamic and modern employment sector. Our graduates have a distinguished record in gaining employment in all facets of the sports and exercise – the employment record for course graduates is very high, at 86 per cent.

    Study at your place and pace

    Offered online, you will be able to combine your academic learning with real-life demands. This course also features a residential schools component.

  • Credit and pathways

    As a 64 credit point course, no credit arrangements permitted.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Diploma consists of a total of 64 credit points.  The course will consist of eight (8) x 8 credit point subjects from a restrictive listing of twelve (12) subjects.  It involves one (1) year for full-time study or two (2) years for part-time study and will be available by distance education.  Subjects will provide the following prerequisite discipline content that will prepare students for postgraduate study in Exercise Physiology:

    Exercise Physiology
    Functional Anatomy
    Biomechanics
    Exercise Behaviour/Exercise and Sport Psychology
    Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
    Motor Control
    Human Growth, Motor Development, and Ageing
    Health, Fitness and Performance
    Exercise Programming and Prescription
    Nutrition, Health, and Body Composition
    Exercise Science Practicum
    Exercise, Health and Disease

     

     

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL-TIME ENROLMENT
    Students to choose eight (8) subjects from the following restrictive listing of twelve (12) subjects, to be completed over a one year period for full-time study and may require up to three (3) consecutive academic sessions of study.

    Session 1
    EHR109 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Behaviour
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR211 Functional Anatomy & Human Performance
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing
    EHR330 Neuroscience of Motor Behaviour
    EHR332 Nutrition for Health & Performance

    Session 2
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR226 Exercise Testing & Prescription
    EHR331 Exercise, Health & Disease


    Session 3
    EHR320 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project

    PART-TIME ENROLMENT
    Students to choose eight (8) subjects from the following restrictive listing of twelve (12) subjects, to be completed over a duration of two (2) years part-time study.

    Session 1
    EHR109 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Behaviour
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR211 Functional Anatomy & Human Performance
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing
    EHR330 Neuroscience of Motor Behaviour
    EHR332 Nutrition for Health & Performance

    Session 2
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR226 Exercise Testing & Prescription
    EHR331 Exercise, Health & Disease

    Session 3
    EHR320 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR330 Neuroscience of Motor Behaviour
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR211 Functional Anatomy & Human Performance
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR226 Exercise Testing & Prescription

  • Admission information

    Tier 1
    Graduate-Entry membership assessment letter from Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
    AND
    An additional applicant statement comprising of a one (1) page letter outlining reasons for wanting to undertake the course.
    AND
    Eligibility for admission will be based on the capacity for the course to meet individual student needs including subject availability to address ESSA assessment gaps.
    Tier 2
    For non-ESSA accreditation, admission will be based on an applicant statement comprising of a one (1) page letter outlining reasons for wanting to undertake the course and areas of study/subjects.
    AND
    Eligibility for admission will be based on the capacity for the course to meet individual student needs.
     

    If you are interested in completing the Diploma of Exercise Studies for the explicit purpose of attaining Exercise Science accreditation, with the view of applying for entry into a postgraduate Exercise Physiology course, you are very strongly encouraged to apply for a Graduate-Entry Assessment with ESSA prior to applying for admission into the Diploma of Exercise Studies. You should provide a copy of the assessment letter with your application for course admission.

    A Graduate-Entry Assessment with ESSA is the only means by which gaps in exercise knowledge and skills can be determined and feedback from this assessment will be used by course staff to inform students who may not meet exercise science accreditation requirements after completing the Diploma of Exercise Studies, and/or to assist Diploma of Exercise Studies students with appropriate subject selection.

    Please note that ESSA may take up to 60 days to perform the Graduate-Entry Assessment. Students interested in applying for this course are strongly encouraged to submit their ESSA Graduate-Entry Assessment application prior to 31 October to ensure they receive their assessment letter prior to the start of session. Details regarding how to apply to ESSA for Graduate-Entry Membership can be found on the ESSA website.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstCGSYYNESDX

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    64 points at Pass level or better

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

    The School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health has established itself as a national leader in providing programs in exercise and sport science, sports journalism and clinical exercise physiology. Teaching and research facilities are second to none and all students have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that enhance the theoretical components of their training. The School prides itself on teaching excellence in the core areas of exercise science, backed by a multidisciplinary and cutting edge research profile. Based out of CSU’s Bathurst Campus, the School aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed in a dynamic and modern employment sector, and graduates have a distinguished record in gaining employment in all facets of the sports and exercise – the employment record for course graduates is very high, at 86%. The School provides support to regional athletes through the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) enabling students to engage in practical work relevant to the profession.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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