The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for cardiovascular 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) cardiovascular pathophysiology and rehabilitation including ischemic, myocardial, pericardial and valvular disease, heart failure, and hypertension.

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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 cardiovascular diseases;  
  2. Appraise, design and apply knowledge of exercise prescription for cardiovascular pathophysiology and rehabilitation for a range of conditions/diseases;  
  3. Research, evaluate and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for patients presenting with cardiovascular diseases; and  
  4. Integrate their theoretical knowledge into their practical skills for the purposes of prescribing theoretically and practically sound exercise programs for people with cardiovascular conditions and their complex care needs.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Weekly theory quizzes 35%
Practicum Practical assessments 30%
Practicum End of semester practical exam (Hurdle) 35%
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

ACSM's resource manual for guidelines for exercise testing and exercise prescription, 6th edn,
American College of Sports Medicine 2010,
Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.

The ECG made easy, 8th edn,
Hampton JR, 2003,
New York: Churchill Livingstone.

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