This unit discusses the design and delivery of exercise and physical activity services for apparently healthy individuals, including athletes. Students develop an understanding of client-focused exercise delivery, and the challenges of behaviour change that are often needed for long-term participation in exercise and physical activity. The unit investigates how variables including the client's history of exercise, physical activity and injury, the client's goals, likes and dislikes, barriers and opportunities (eg. sociocultural, socioeconomic factors, socio-psychological), and the client's current exercise and functional capacities affect program prescription and uptake. Students learn the importance of cultural competence in the design and delivery of services. Students also develop technical expertise in assessments of exercise programs and the functional capacities of clients and how both of these capabilities can be used to plan and evaluate exercise interventions. Students are exposed to the importance of developing a safe and effective demonstration and leadership of appropriate exercises and training regimes.

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SCL1002 - Exercise Physiology

Or: RBM1528 Human Physiology 2 for students enrolled in HBES Bachelor of Biomedical and Exercise Science or SBEX Bachelor of Science (Biomedical and Exercise Science).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply understanding to conduct pre-participation screening and risk stratification;  
  2. Devise appropriate exercise interventions that take account of clients' goals, physical activity preferences, barriers and motives for physical activity;  
  3. Select and conduct exercise assessment methods and procedures that are appropriate to clients and monitor clients' signs and symptoms during physical activity;  
  4. Select and apply safe, client-centred exercise limits and appropriate and effective intensity ranges for physical activity and exercise; and  
  5. Design, implement and assess exercise and physical activity interventions that address the variables of mode, intensity, duration, frequency, volume and progression of exercise.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Mid-Semester Exam (exam will be in week 4 of semester) 15%
Case Study Written report of a case study analysis, and demonstration of practical skills 45%
Examination Final written examination 40%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions.

Required reading

Resources for the Exercise Physiologist. A practical guide for the Health Fitness Professional. , 2nd Ed.
ACSM (2018)
Wolters Kluwer

ESSA's Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment
Coombes, J. & Skinner, T., (2014)
Mosby Elsevier, Sydney, NSW.

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