This unit will cover pathophysiologies in metabolism and the pulmonary system. The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for metabolic and respiratory conditions; 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, cancer, fibromyalgia, end-stage renal disease, and pregnancy; pulmonary diseases including asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, respiratory distress syndrome, and acute respiratory tract infections.

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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 and respiratory conditions;  
  2. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for metabolic and respiratory diseases; and  
  3. Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for patients presenting with metabolic and respiratory conditions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report GP report 10%
Test 4 x in-class individual and team quizzes (7.5% each) 30%
Practicum 3 x in-class practical assessments (Hurdle). 30%
Portfolio Case study presentation and written report 30%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the tutorial sessions. Hurdle 2: Successful completion of the end of semester practical examination (receive at least 60% in the practical exam).

Required reading

Clinical Exercise Physiology 3rd Ed.
Erhman, Gordon, Visich, and Keteyian (2013)
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription. 2013 9th Ed
American College of sports Medicine
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD

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