Exercise Is Medicine

Unit code: HBM3104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans
RBM2560 - Medical Biochemistry
RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Exercise is Medicine is a Capstone unit within the HBES and HBBM degree. Students will build upon their broad and coherent knowledge of the pathophysiology of chronic diseases and apply their learning in the formulation and management of evidence-based, safe, targeted and innovative exercise intervention programs. These non-pharmacological intervention strategies will be designed to managing aging and falls, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, improve mental health and cognitive function and promote active and healthy living.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conceptually map physiological adaptations to different exercise modalities in order to inform prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases;
  2. Analyse the benefits of exercise in managing chronic conditions, as well as ageing at a cellular and molecular level;
  3. Identify and justify the therapeutic benefits of graded exercise taking into account functional limitations of chronic disease;
  4. Formulate appropriate evidence-based exercise prescriptions for a range of chronic conditions in accordance with relevant professional guidelines; and
  5. Incorporate behaviour-change principles into physical activity programs to suit a diverse range of individuals and groups.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Individual 3-part presentation of exercise interventions for a specific disease.
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Exercise prescription case studies (equivalent to1500 words)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Group laboratory work and report on exercise-based measurements and analysis (approx. 1500 words per group member)

Required reading

There are no required text books for this unit. Resources will provided in VU Collaborate.

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