The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for cardiorespiratory conditions; this being a core knowledge and skills category requirement for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). It will include exercise testing and prescription for a range of conditions, including (but not limited to) pathophysiology and rehabilitation specific to hypertension, heart failure, asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, and peripheral arterial disease.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Comprehend, critically evaluate and apply knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory conditions;  
  2. Appraise, design and apply knowledge of exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory pathophysiology and rehabilitation for a range of conditions;  
  3. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for patients presenting with cardiorespiratory conditions; and  
  4. Integrate theoretical knowledge into their practical skills for the purpose of prescribing theoretically and practically sound exercise programs for people with cardiorespiratory conditions and their complex care needs.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Practical assessment of lung function testing and results interpretation 15%
Assignment Part A - Written case study response including patient history, clinical assessments and pathology-specific outcomes 15%
Assignment Part B - Written assignment incorporating feedback from Part A to inform a structured and progressive exercise program 30%
Other Objective structured clinical practical examination based on comprehensive clinical case studies 40%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the practical (lab) sessions.

Required reading

Resource Manual For Guidelines For Exercise Testing And Exercise Prescription, 7th Ed.,
American College of Sports Medicine.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore

Exercise Management For Persons With Chronic Conditions And Disabilities, 4th Ed.,
American College of Sports Medicine.
Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.

The ECG Made Easy, 8th Ed.,
Hampton, J.R., 2013,
Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, UK.

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