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SP4103 - Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

Credit points: 6
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

The subject addresses the scope of practice and professional roles and responsibilities of the exercise physiologist; the pathophysiological basis of cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions; and the assessment, diagnostic, medical and exercise-based interventions associated with the treatment and prevention of cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions and of complex case management. The subject examines the safety aspects of exercise for cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions with emphasis on exercise capacity limitations; knowledge of, identification of and management of exercise contraindications and adverse signs and symptoms; risk factor stratification and monitoring; medication effects on exercise, behaviour change and client communication. The subject also encompasses the knowledge and practical application of designing, interpreting and facilitating assessments and clinical exercise interventions for cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the pathophysiological basis; identification and diagnosis, treatment and functional limitations and safety considerations associated with cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions;
  • Demonstrated ability to use and interpret results collected from spirometers, blood tests, and blood pressure, heart rate, ECG and oxygen saturation monitors;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scope of practice and professional roles and responsibilities of the exercise physiologist, including behaviour change and client communication;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess limitations; recognize adverse reactions; and prescribe and facilitate exercise associated with cardiopulmonary and metabolic conditions and with complex cases.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Invigilated > Presentations - (15%)
  • Clinical practice competencies: pass/fail - (%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (30%)
  • Practical exam - (15%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Students must pass the clinical practice competencies and achieve at least a pass grade across the weighted assessment items in order to pass the subject. Students are required to attend and participate in at least 80% of all scheduled lectures, workshops, practical classes and clinical skills sessions.

Prerequisites: SP3006 AND (SP3007 OR SP2207) AND SP3008 AND SP3015 AND SP3016 AND SP3011 AND SP3014


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Ms Lisa Simmons
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Ms Lisa Simmons, Mrs Jenna Pinchbeck, Mr Brian Heilbronn, Professor Steve Selig, <Person not found>, Dr Michael Inskip.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 30 hours professional Experience
  • 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.