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SP3017 - Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject addresses the fundamental principles of clinical exercise physiology professional practice. The roles and responsibilities of the exercise physiologist in an inter-professional environment; contemporary challenges of the healthcare sector; and the pathophysiological basis of chronic disease will be addressed. The subject provides a basis for the knowledge, skills and attributes required as an exercise physiologist involving an understanding of reflective practice, clinical note taking, communication (inter-professional, peer to peer and practitioner to client), as well as ethics, scope of practice and legal frameworks. The subject will also examine the effects of chronic disease on anatomical structures and the physiological changes occurring as a result of processes of disease, in order to provide an understanding of cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal conditions, as well as musculoskeletal, neurological/neuromuscular, cancers and mental health conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to describe contemporary challenges of healthcare environments, with a focus on clinical exercise physiology and the principles of effective communication in inter-professional, peer to peer and practitioner to client interactions;
  • demonstrated knowledge of the pathophysiological basis; identification and diagnosis, treatment and functional limitations and safety considerations associated with cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal conditions, as well as musculoskeletal, neurological/neuromuscular, cancers and mental health conditions;
  • demonstrated ability to apply the fundamental principles of professional practice and behaviour including reflection, clinical note taking and appropriate behaviour within professional, ethical and legal frameworks of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written - essay; Written - learning plan - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (20%) - 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 online workshops.

Prerequisites: SP3008


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Mrs Azra Rantucci
Lecturers: Ms Lisa Simmons, Mr Brian Heilbronn, Mrs Azra Rantucci, Dr Michael Inskip.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours online Workshops
  • 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.