This unit of study meets the National University Course Accreditation (NUCAP) core knowledge and skills criteria for professional education in occupational health and exercise rehabilitation. Students will practice the measurement, interpretation and communication of physiological data of workers and how these interrelate to workers’ exposure to environmental and occupational stressors. Students will explore the role of exercise conditioning for manual processes and office/home workers in managing risk factors (including lifestyle factors) and/or current or past injuries and preventable illnesses/diseases. They will also practise the prescription of both individual and group work-orientated exercise programmes involving workers in simulated or actual work tasks. Students will develop awareness of cultural and socio-economic issues that might affect the workplace, and the assessment of workers for workplace injuries and recommended therapies/exercise management and rehabilitation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the clinical exercise testing literature relating to the measurement and interpretation of physiological/psychological data obtained from the workplace/home environment;  
  2. Critically evaluate, design, and implement clinical exercise programmes appropriate for the workplace/home environment;  
  3. Competently develop programmes that will promote a healthy lifestyle in the workplace, with a view to primary and secondary prevention of avoidable illness and injury;  
  4. Critically examine and appraise cultural and socio-economic issues that might affect clinical exercise testing and prescription in the workplace;  
  5. Compare and contrast medicinal effects of prescription/non-prescription medicine for conditions relevant to the workplace/home environment;  
  6. Research, evaluate, and critically apply skills that identify modes, frequencies, intensities, and volumes of exercise that are contraindicated for clients in the workplace/home environment with Accredited Exercise Physiology-target pathologies, from both an acute and chronic perspective.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Mid semester written exam 25%
Assignment Literature review, Manual Handling, Functional Job Analysis, or Office Ergonomic Assessment 50%
Presentation Oral presentation 20%
Practicum Site visits (hurdle requirement) 5%

Required reading

Textbook of Work Physiology: Physiological Basis of Exercise 4th edn
Astrand P, 2007,
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

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