Exercise is Medicine is a Capstone unit within the HBES and HBBM degree. Students will build upon their broad and coherent knowledge of the pathophysiology of chronic diseases and apply their learning in the formulation and management of evidence-based, safe, targeted and innovative exercise intervention programs. These non-pharmacological intervention strategies will be designed to managing aging and falls, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, improve mental health and cognitive function and promote active and healthy living.

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RBM2560 - Medical Biochemistry

RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map physiological adaptations to different exercise modalities in order to inform prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases;  
  2. Analyse the benefits of exercise in managing chronic conditions, as well as ageing at a cellular and molecular level;  
  3. Identify and justify the therapeutic benefits of graded exercise taking into account functional limitations of chronic disease;  
  4. Formulate appropriate evidence-based exercise prescriptions for a range of chronic conditions in accordance with relevant professional guidelines; and  
  5. Incorporate behaviour-change principles into physical activity programs to suit a diverse range of individuals and groups.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Three-part Presentation of Case Study with peer review (2000 words, 10 min) Part 1 submitted at the end of Week 1 (Session 3). 40%
Exercise Exercise prescription for a specific chronic disease with one-page fact sheet (1500 words) 30%
Laboratory Work Group Laboratory work and report on exercise-based measurements and analysis (approx. 1500 words per group member) 30%

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