This unit of study meets the National University Course Accreditation (NUCAP) core knowledge and skills criteria for professional education in clinical exercise practice. Students will be introduced to a range of professional roles undertaken by clinical exercise physiologists and be offered perspectives on the roles of other team members in the interdisciplinary rehabilitation processes. Students will have opportunities to observe clinical exercise professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity programs, and to learn about equipment, facilities and program planning that are used in exercise delivery for clinical populations. Learning will be conducted in a practical case-based clinical setting under supervision whilst working with clients carrying a range of chronic conditions. Students will be supervised in the workplace by an approved supervisor, with additional mentoring by university staff. Under supervision, students will practise with real clients and document their learned experiences working as student practitioners with clients.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Comprehend, analyse and apply knowledge to operate within the scopes of professional roles available to clinical exercise practitioners, and how these intersect with the roles of other health professionals;  
  2. Evaluate, assess and design assessment methods and protocols;  
  3. Critically analyse and interpret data with high degrees of accuracy to discriminate between clinical and functional (eg exercise capacity) outcomes;  
  4. Appraise, recommend and deliver exercise interventions; and  
  5. Integrate and evaluate the use of evidence-based medicine in the design and provision of clinical exercise services.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Clinical 'SOAP' Note writing 10%
Examination End of semester written examination 30%
Practicum Clinical practicum supervisor feedback reports 60%
Hurdle: Student must pass a placement preparation exam in order to commence clinical placements

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