Exercise Assessments and Interventions for Cardiorespiratory Conditions

Unit code: SCL6000 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for cardiorespiratory conditions; this being a core knowledge and skills category requirement for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). It will include exercise testing and prescription for a range of conditions, including (but not limited to) pathophysiology and rehabilitation specific to hypertension, heart failure, asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and peripheral arterial disease.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend, critically evaluate and apply knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory conditions;
  2. Appraise, design and apply knowledge of exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory pathophysiology and rehabilitation for a range of conditions;
  3. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for patients presenting with cardiorespiratory conditions;
  4. Integrate theoretical knowledge into their practical skills for the purpose of prescribing theoretically and practically sound exercise programs for people with cardiorespiratory conditions and their complex care needs; and
  5. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Quiz - Assessment of lung function testing procedures and results interpretation
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Part A - Written case study response including patient history, clinical assessments and pathology-specific outcomes
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Part B - Written assignment incorporating feedback from Part A to inform a structured and progressive exercise program
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 40%
Objective structured clinical practical examination based on comprehensive clinical case studies (hurdle)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

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