Exercise Testing & Prescription

Course code EXSS2050Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course teaches students how to measure exercise performance parameters and develop exercise prescription (training programs). The course also addresses pre-participation screening and risk appraisal. Topics covered include the assessment of aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscular strength, power, endurance and flexibility. The application of both laboratory and field based tests will be covered in lectures and laboratories. The theory and practice of designing individualised and group exercise prescription is covered, which includes endurance training, interval training and resistance training.

This course includes a Compulsory Course Component that requires the demonstration of competency in a variety of tasks (according to a checklist) as signed off by the lecturer and/or tutor during weekly laboratories. This Component is directly linked to course objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Work Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Undertake pre-participation screening and assess risk classification;
2. Explain the principles of exercise testing, factors that affect test results and criteria to terminate tests;
3. Describe, design and demonstrate competency in the conduct of various exercise tests specific to an individual's fitness and training goals (eg. aerobic, anaerobic, body composition, and muscular strength, power, endurance and flexibility);
4. Interpret and rate the results of exercise tests and report findings to the individual tested;
5. Explain the principles of exercise prescription including components and stages of an exercise program;
6. Design a unique training program that suits the specific training goals of an individual and/or group;
7. Appreciate the safety considerations of exercise testing and training.
Content- Health Screening and Risk Stratification
- Principles of exercise testing and prescription
- Physiological adaptations to training
- Testing Cardiorespiratory Fitness
- Cardiorespiratory exercise prescription
- Testing Musculoskeletal Fitness
- Resistance Training
- Flexibility testing and prescription
- Anaerobic capacity testing and prescription
- Testing Body Composition
- Exercise prescription for body composition changes
Replacing Course(s)SPOR2050 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Sport
TransitionCannot be counted for credit with SPOR2050 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Sport.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEXSS2010 or SPOR2010 Exercise Physiology (or concurrent enrolment in EXSS2010)
HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part I
HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part II
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTo allow for sufficient practice of the necessary laboratory skills as signed off on the checklist by the lecturer and/or tutor, students have to attend a minimum of 8 laboratory classes and 8 competency laboratories
Other: (please specify)Competency Assessment. This course includes a Compulsory Course Component that requires the demonstration of competency in a variety of tasks (according to a checklist) as signed off by the lecturer and/or tutor. This Compulsory Course Component is required to assess course objectives 1,2,3,4 and 7 and contributes to the requirements set for accreditation by the professional body, Exercise & Sports Science Australia.
The competency checklist is a Compulsory Course Component in this course. That means that it is not possible to pass this course unless this criterion has been met. On successful completion of the competency checklist, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the Compulsory Course Component.
All students completing the competency checklist will be judged to have had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant course objectives. Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
In the event of a successful appeal the student will be given a supplementary assessment to determine whether the student has satisfied the Compulsory
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWork Health and Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction and safety induction (testing equipment usage).
Compulsory Program ComponentTo be able to safely participate in laboratory exercises students are required to complete the following EXSS or SPOR courses in this order: 1. EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, 2. EXSS2050 or SPOR2050 (concurrent enrolment in EXSS2010 and EXSS2050 is allowed).
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EXSS2050