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.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SCL6000

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

Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Short answer and multiple choice question quiz based on risk stratification and respiratory condition case studies 15%
Test Practical assessment of lung function testing and results interpretation 15%
Examination Final theory exam assessing cardiorespiratory conditions, and exercise testing and training 30%
Performance Case study examination 40%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the practical (lab) sessions. Mandatory (non-assessed hurdle) respiratory/pulmonary rehabilitation clinic site visit: 6 hours

Required reading

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

Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th 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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