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SP5201 - Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject addresses the pathophysiological basis of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and medical and lifestyle interventions associated with the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. This subject comprises a combination of online learning and compulsory on-campus (residential) activities. In this subject students will attain advanced knowledge and skills in facilitating and interpreting assessments and clinical exercise interventions for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions. Students will also explore environmental and clinical factors influencing safety when facilitating exercise interventions, including the identification and management of exercise contraindications and adverse signs and symptoms of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, as well as risk factor stratification, and the effects of medications on exercise.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of the pathophysiological basis, identification and diagnosis, treatment, and functional limitations and safety considerations associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions;
  • apply risk stratification and health-based screening for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions to identify contraindications and/or risk to exercise, and adapt exercise interventions based on available information;
  • design, facilitate, and interpret exercise-based assessments to identify cardiopulmonary limitations, and determine safe capacity for exercise and/or lifestyle interventions;
  • create and facilitate clinical exercise interventions for people diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition and for people diagnosed with a pulmonary condition, including recognising contraindications to exercise, and identifying and responding to adverse reactions from exercise.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (35%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Scenario-based learning activity - (35%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (%) - 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; pass every assessment item; participate in 100% of scheduled residential activities.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Face to face teaching (3 days compulsory residential - 17, 18 and 25 May 2021)
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours - 3 day compulsory residential - practicals and assessment
  • 22 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 22 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.