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EXSS3023: Exercise Testing and Prescription

2021 unit information

This unit is designed to provide a comprehensive and critical examination of exercise testing and programming in low-risk populations. The scientific evidence for exercise dosages for aerobic exercise and resistance training required for health and fitness outcomes will be critically reviewed. Other aspects of exercise programming such as flexibility, warm up and instructional technique will also be covered in this unit. Through the use of lectures and case studies, students will learn how to integrate both the physiological components and logistical aspects of exercise performance, to devise individualised exercise test batteries and prescriptions. During practical sessions, students will have to use different techniques and protocols to evaluate aerobic fitness and muscle function. Student will have to demonstrate excellent data collection skills and ability to interpret results and communicate them to a lay audience.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Movement Sciences

Code EXSS3023
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
EXSS2027 or EXSS2028

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. discuss the relationship between physical exercise, fitness and health
  • LO2. enumerate the different steps involved in client screening and risk stratification
  • LO3. list the major criteria for not doing a cardiopulmonary exercise test or stopping exercise
  • LO4. discuss the scientific basis for both cardiorespiratory and strength training
  • LO5. develop the skills to make adequate choices regarding both cardiorespiratory and muscle fitness testing
  • LO6. analyse and interpret the data collected during testing
  • LO7. design cardiorespiratory and muscle fitness programs
  • LO8. assess body composition and understand the potential role of exercise in weight loss
  • LO9. discuss stretching and flexibility (physical functional capacity)
  • LO10. conduct adequate testing and design exercise programs for the older population
  • LO11. design an appropriate report for a client
  • LO12. effectively interview and screen a client and assess risk factors
  • LO13. use validated protocol to assess cardiorespiratory fitness (including maximal exercise testing)
  • LO14. use validated protocol to assess muscle strength
  • LO15. describe, execute and explain correct techniques for resistance exercises
  • LO16. interpret results from exercise testing and use results for programming.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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