This unit is designed as the second 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 contemplative inquiry, interview and post-interview reflection of current practitioners (accredited exercise physiologists) and clinicians (e.g. cardiologists, endocrinologists, dietitians, phsyios etc) and a reflective, evidence-based analysis of key conditions affecting the health of society.

The theoretical and applied aspects of this unit include a critical reflection of the role, scope and impact of professionals who treat clients (patients) with clinical conditions, 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. Students are required to participate in a number of key phases and activities of the program or project and write a major report, with a conference presentation, that outlines the processes and outcomes of the project.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map and interrogate the issues and challenges of designing, planning and implementing an exercise intervention as part of the clinical treatment plan of a population group with a specified condition, in order to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes;  
  2. Critically reflect upon the provision of services to the population group living with this condition, by both accredited exercise physiologists and other clinicians;  
  3. Use evidence bases to construct a synthesis of different approaches in the design and provision of clinical exercise services for this group;  
  4. Identify and critically review the ethical and legal responsibilities, and professional and interprofessional requirements, regarding the provision of clinical exercise services to this group (within the context of a standard treatment regimen); and  
  5. Compose a reflective research paper and conference presentation which will outline the review of literature and evidence-based methods of intervention established to improve health and wellbeing for this group.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography Endnote file comprising references relating to the chosen clinical case study condition of interest (week 3) 5%
Other Clinician (e.g. cardiologist, endocrinologist, dietitian, physio) and practitioner (Accred. Ex. Physiologist, AEP) interview questions (week 6) 5%
Report Clinician (e.g. cardiologist, endocrinologist, dietitian, physio) and AEP interview script, and student reflective report (week 10) 40%
Case Study Case study of population group intervention and conference style presentation on case study (submit in week 11; presentations in week 11+12 classes) 50%

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