This unit of study addresses ESSA Course Accreditation Panel 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 also develop their self-awareness by applying client-centred approaches to learn basic psychological aspects of rehabilitation relevant to Exercise Physiologists, including counselling and interviewing skills. Students will observe clinical exercise professionals and engage in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity programs, and 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, appraise, recommend and design exercise assessment methods and training protocols;  
  3. Critically analyse and interpret data with high degrees of accuracy to discriminate between clinical and functional (eg exercise capacity) outcomes;  
  4. Practice, test, revise and learn to use mental skills appropriate for an Exercise Physiologist in clinical practice; and  
  5. Evaluate, assess and develop strategies to improve client self-management, adherence and compliance to rehabilitation programs.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Initial client consult and clinical 'SOAP' notes 10%
Assignment Client interview 30%
Examination End of semester written examination 30%
Practicum Clinical practicum supervisor feedback reports for two placement blocks (2 x 15%) 30%
Hurdle: Student must pass a placement preparation exam in order to commence clinical placements (receive at least 50% in the exam).

Required reading

ESSA's Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment,
Coombes, J. and Skinner, T. (2014)
Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

Psychology in the physical and manual therapies, 1st Edn
Kolt, G.S. and Andersen, M.B. (2004)
Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, UK.

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