This unit (AHE2006) discusses the design and delivery of exercise and physical activity services for apparently healthy individuals, including athletes. Students develop an understanding of client-centered exercise delivery, and the challenges of behaviour change that are often needed for lifelong participation in exercise and physical activity. The unit investigates how variables including the client's history of exercise, physical activity and injury, the client's goals, likes and dislikes, barriers and opportunities (eg. sociocultural, socioeconomic factors, socio-psychological, environmental), and the client's current exercise and functional capacities affect program prescription and uptake. Students learn the importance of cultural competence in the design and delivery of services. Students also develop hands-on expertise to conduct needed, appropriate assessments within the physical health-domain comprising of the major components of health-related physical fitness, in addition to the neuromotor components of balance, agility and coordination of adults. Students develop critical thinking skills to analyse the collected base-line assessment results, based on the functional capacities of clients and how these capabilities compare with normative data that can be used to plan, design and compose individualised exercise interventions. Students are exposed to the importance of developing a safe and effective demonstration and leadership of appropriate exercises and training regimes.

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SCL1002 - Exercise Physiology or

RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Assess and analyse the impact of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour on cardiovascular, metabolic and/or renal (CMR) diseases for the purposes of designing exercise programs;  
  2. Devise appropriate exercise interventions that consider clients' current level of physical activity, goals, preferences, needs, barriers and motives;  
  3. Select and conduct exercise assessments appropriate to clients' needs, goals and behaviours, and modifying prescription based on adverse physiological responses suggestive of CMR disease during physical exertion;  
  4. Recommend and employ safe, client-centred exercise limits for physical activity and exercise; and,  
  5. Design, compose and implement exercise and physical activity interventions that consider training, programming and exercise prescription principles for apparently healthy children, adults, the elderly and pregnant women.  


The clinical skills assessed in the unit require students to demonstrate their competence to conduct pre-assessment procedures, and select, explain and administer appropriate assessments across a variety of training modalities. While also demonstrating their ability to design client centred exercise programs. This includes the ability to identify and describe limitations, risk factors and contraindications for testing, and record, analyse and interpret information from assessments and covey results. Students will also need to demonstrate an active approach to safety, while maintaining professionalism.
Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Pre-exercise evaluation, testing and interpretation Pass/Fail
Case Study Client case report and exercise prescription Pass/Fail
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attempt and pass all individual assessments to demonstrate their individual competency.

Required reading

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 8th ed
Gibson, A.L., Wagner, D.R & Heyward, V.H. (2019)
Human Kinetics

Total Fitness and Wellness. The Mastering Health edition 8th ed
Powers, S.K and Dodd, S. (2020)

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