Unit description

Examines the principles and objectives of effective exercise assessment programs. Program design is studied in detail in relation to different populations. Aspects of consultation, interview and testing techniques, health education and counselling will be studied with an emphasis on developing practical skills.

Unit content

  • Health and risk factor appraisal
  • General principles of exercise testing
  • General principles of exercise prescription and programming
  • Considerations in exercise prescription for selected populations and conditions:
    • Men and women
    • Children
    • Elderly
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Cardiovascular disorders
    • Respiratory conditions
    • Pregnancy
    • Cancer
    • Arthritis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. ISBN: 9781609139551.
  • American College of Sports Medicine, 2013, ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual, 4th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. ISBN: 9781451115680.
  • Skinner, JS, 2005, Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription for Special Cases: Theoretical Basis and Clinical Application, 3rd edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore. ISBN: 9780781741132.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study30%
Class ParticipationSR
Exam: closed book50%

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