Exercise Assessments and Interventions for Metabolic Conditions and Cancer

Unit code: SCL6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit addresses pathophysiologies in metabolism, including kidney disease, and cancers. The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for metabolic conditions and cancers; these being core knowledge and skills categories required for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). It will include exercise testing and prescription for a range of metabolic conditions, including (but not limited to) obesity, diabetes & gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, various stages of kidney diseases, and a number of cancers.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate, evaluate and apply knowledge of normal and abnormal metabolism related to the pathophysiology of ESSA-defined metabolic conditions and cancer;
  2. Research, evaluate, and critically appraise the literature relating to clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription for metabolic conditions and cancer; and
  3. Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of clinical assessments and exercise prescription for patients presenting with metabolic conditions and cancer.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Short answer and case study quiz
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Case Study assignment assessing evidence-based evaluation and prescription
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 20%
Social media project developing advocacy, promotion of evidence, and professional collaboration
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Case-based practical examination of assessment and prescription skills

Required reading

ACSM”s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.
Liguori, G. (2022)| Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia: PA

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