Clinical Exercise Practice 1

    Unit code: AHE3115 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    AHE2006 - Exercise Interventions for Healthy Populations
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit is designed as the first part of a Capstone project taken by students in the final year of the ABHE program. It is designed to consolidate the students' undergraduate clinical training via an advanced professional work placement and a reflective, evidence-based analysis of this placement.

    The placement aspect of this unit introduces students to the professional roles of clinical exercise physiologists and offers perspectives on the roles of other team members in rehabilitation processes. Students have opportunities to observe clinical exercise professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity programs, and learn about the equipment, facilities and program planning used in exercise delivery for clinical populations. Students have opportunities to practise exercise science in the service of apparently healthy individuals. Students are supervised in the workplace by an approved supervisor, with additional mentoring by university staff. Under supervision, students practise with actual clients and document their learning experiences under the ESSA practicum category of ‘apparently healthy’ category.

    The theoretical aspect of the second unit (SCL3002) includes a critical reflection of the placement, informed both by theoretical knowledge from the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, motor control, anatomy, psychology, sociology, and ethics, and professional knowledge from resistance training, exercise interventions, first aid and career and professional development.

    Students must have a valid working with children check, current police check and, first aid and CPR certificate prior to commencing placement.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Critically apply skills and knowledge acquired in clinical exercise studies to a professional setting involving exercise interventions with apparently healthy populations;
    2. Collect and interpret data discriminating between clinical and functional (eg exercise capacity) outcomes;
    3. Identify and critically review the ethical and legal responsibilities regarding the provision of clinical exercise services; and,
    4. Use evidence bases to construct a synthesis of different approaches in the design and provision of clinical exercise services for apparently healthy individuals/populations.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Online theory quiz based on scope of practice and associated forms behind placement
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 20%
    Theory Placement Readiness Exam (hurdle)
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 20%
    Practical Placement Readiness Exam (hurdle)
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 50%
    Placement record of engagement, training and reflective portfolio for a single client regarding efficacy of 12-15 hours of exercise training.

    Required reading

    Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

    As part of a course

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