The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


  • 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


This course replaces SPOR2050. If you have successfully completed SPOR2050 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology 1

HUBS1418 Human Physiology for Exercise Science

EXSS2010 or SPOR2010 Exercise Physiology (or concurrent enrolment in EXSS2010)

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Participation: Group/Tutorial participation and contribution

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Practical Demonstration: Competency Assessment *

In Term Test: Examination: Class (mid-semester exam)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend 80% of scheduled laboratories.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction and safety induction (testing equipment usage).

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Laboratory classes for 2 hours per week for full term. Competency practice laboratories for 1 hour per week from week 3 to week 13 only.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term