Exercise Assessments and Interventions for Metabolic Conditions and Cancer

Unit code: SCL6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
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: Performance
Grade: 10%
Practical skill assessment (blood analysis and interpretation)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 30%
Portfolio Part 1 - GP report
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
In-class test
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Portfolio Part 2 – Presentation and portfolio submission (completed in pairs)

Required reading

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

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