This unit addresses pathophysiologies in metabolism, including kidney disease, and cancers. The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for metabolic conditions and cancers; these being core knowledge and skills categories required for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). It will include exercise testing and prescription for a range of metabolic conditions, including (but not limited to) obesity, diabetes & gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, various stages of kidney diseases, and number of cancers.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, evaluate and apply knowledge of normal and abnormal metabolism related to the pathophysiology of ESSA-defined metabolic conditions and cancer;  
  2. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for metabolic conditions and cancer; and  
  3. Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for patients presenting with metabolic conditions and cancer.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class test comprising short-answer and multichoice questions (20%) 20%
Performance Practical skill assessment (blood analysis, anthropometry), interpretation and clinical exercise decisions (2 x 10%) 20%
Portfolio Presentation of digital portfolio of a client case study and GP report, completed in pairs 60%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the practical (lab) sessions.

Required reading

ACSM's Exercise Testing and Prescription, 1st ed.
American College of Sports Medicine (2018).
Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA.

ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription, 10th ed.
American College of Sports Medicine (2018).
Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA.

Clinical Exercise Physiology, 4th ed.
Ehrman, J.K., Gordon, P.M., Visich, P.S & Keteyian, S.J. (2019).
Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

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