This unit is designed as the first part of a Capstone project taken by students in the final year of the ABHE program. It is designed to consolidate the students' undergraduate clinical training via an advanced professional work placement and a reflective, evidence-based analysis of this placement. 
The placement aspect of this unit introduces students to the professional roles of clinical exercise physiologists and offers perspectives on the roles of other team members in rehabilitation processes. Students have opportunities to observe clinical exercise professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity programs, and learn about the equipment, facilities and program planning used in exercise delivery for clinical populations. Students have opportunities to practise exercise science in the service of apparently healthy individuals. Students are supervised in the workplace by an approved supervisor, with additional mentoring by university staff. Under supervision, students practise with actual clients and document their learning experiences under the ESSA practicum category of 'apparently healthy' category.
The theoretical aspect of the second unit (SCL3002) includes a critical reflection of the placement, informed both by theoretical knowledge from the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, motor control, anatomy, psychology, sociology, and ethics, and professional knowledge from resistance training, exercise interventions, first aid and career and professional development.

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AHE2006 - Exercise Interventions for Healthy Populations

Or equivalent

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically apply skills and knowledge acquired in clinical exercise studies to a professional setting involving exercise interventions with apparently healthy populations;  
  2. Collect and interpret data discriminating between clinical and functional (eg exercise capacity) outcomes;  
  3. Evaluate exercise and physical activity interventions with an emphasis on the graduated transfer from client dependence to self-management within this group/community;  
  4. Identify and critically review the ethical and legal responsibilities regarding the provision of clinical exercise services;  
  5. Use evidence bases to construct a synthesis of different approaches in the design and provision of clinical exercise services for apparently healthy individuals/populations; and  
  6. Devise and evaluate effective and personal self-marketing strategies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Theory Placement Readiness Exam (hurdle) 7.5%
Examination Practical Placement Readiness Exam (hurdle) 7.5%
Assignment An achievement-focused career profile and self-marketing assignment 15%
Portfolio 140 hour placement record of engagement, and training and reflective portfolio for 3 clients regarding efficacy of 10-20+ hours exercise training 70%
Hurdle 1: To demonstrate skills required for professional registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) students must pass both the theory and practical readiness exams with scores of at least 50% to pass this unit. Hurdle 2: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the tutorial classes. The hurdle tests must be completed before the student commences placement.

Required reading

ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 9th edn,
ACSM 2014,
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

ACSM's health related physical fitness assessment manual, 4th edn,
ACSM 2014,
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 6th edn,
Heyward, V.H., 2010,
Human Kinetics Champaign, IL

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