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.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SCL6102

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

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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