Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription

Course code EXSS3010Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course covers a comprehensive range of knowledge and skills that are important for clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription. The lecture content has a very practical focus and targets the main clinical conditions likely to be encountered in an exercise physiology practice. The laboratory sessions are designed for the development of practical competencies in clinical testing skills ranging from electrocardiography to graded exercise and physical performance testing.

This course includes a compulsory course component that requires the students to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks in a practical examination.

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 2014

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to identify risk factors for metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases that require consultation with a medical practitioner before participating in, or changing, a physical activity program;
2. Gain an understanding of the various clinical conditions that may be encountered in a exercise physiology practice and be able to develop an appropriate exercise prescription;
3. Modify standard or adopt appropriate fitness tests and programs for special groups, such as older adults and pregnant women or those with diseases or conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis;
4. Apply the theoretical basis for the selection of various exercise and performance tests and be able to practically implement them;
5. Describe the effects of commonly prescribed medications that may influence the heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiographic responses to exercise;
6. Identify abnormal electrocardiographic responses to exercise of varying duration and intensity and explain the underlying mechanisms.
Content* Dealing with clinical populations
* Electrocardiography
* Cardiac Arrhythmias
* Cardiovascular diseases
* Metabolic disorders
* Obesity and overweight
* Pulmonary diseases
* Cancer
* Ageing and falls prevention
* Musculoskeletal disorders
* Neurological disorders and depression
* Special populations
* Test protocols and modalities
Replacing Course(s)SPOR3010 Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription
TransitionCannot be counted for credit with SPOR3010 Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEXSS2010 or SPOR2010 Exercise Physiology I
EXSS2050 or SPOR2050 Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXSS2080 or SPOR2080 Growth, Development and Ageing
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory ExercisesLaboratory Reports
Other: (please specify)Practical examination. This component has a compulsory course component that requires the students to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks in a practical examination and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the practical exam. This compulsory course component is required for the course objectives 3 to 6 and contributes to the requirements set for accreditation by the professional body, Exercise & Sports Science Australia.

On successful completion of the practical examination, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component.

All students sitting the practical examination will be judged to have had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant course objectives. Those students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWork Health and Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Components: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Program ComponentTo be able to safely participate in laboratory exercises students are required to complete the following EXSS courses in this order: 1. EXSS2010 or SPOR2010, 2. EXSS2050 or SPOR2050.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EXSS3010