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SP2201 - Exercise Prescription

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will provide the physiological basis, practical skills and scientific knowledge necessary to prescribe exercise. Students will develop knowledge and capacity to design and implement safe yet effective goal-specified exercise programs that are evidenced-based for the low risk healthy population and those with medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, asthma and cardiovascular disease. The subject will also cover the planning and logistics of exercise programming with appropriate progression, regression and exercise cessation according to typical risk factors identified during pre-screening.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the relationship between physical activity and health-related physical fitness;
  • explain and apply the principles of exercise prescription using scientific evidence that considers various training variables (e.g. training intensity/volume, exercise mode, exercise sequence, recovery);
  • identify common risk factors for chronic disease development and how exercise may help to reduce these risk factors;
  • describe structural, physiological and motor development across the stages of the lifespan with appropriate exercise prescription for children, adolescents and pregnancy in women;
  • formulate exercise programs that suits the needs and abilities of clients by considering psychosocial factors via motivational techniques, physiological conditions of low risk healthy individuals and those with medical conditions;
  • explain when exercise progression, regression or cessation are appropriate based on assessment data;
  • identify exercises that are contraindicated due to stages of growth and development and/or clinical conditions.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled workshop and practicum classes.

Prerequisites: SP1012, BM1062 AND SP2009 - SP2009 allow concurrent


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Kenji Doma.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 22 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops
  • 6 hours specialised - Practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.