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SP5205 - Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Mental Health and Fatigue Disorders

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject addresses the pathophysiological basis of mental health and fatigue disorders. This subject comprises a combination of online learning and compulsory on-campus (residential) activities. Students will explore environmental, behavioral, and clinical factors influencing participation in exercise across the lifespan, as well as the identification and management of exercise contraindications, and adverse signs and symptoms of mental health and fatigue disorders influencing exercise participation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the pathophysiological and psychosocial basis, identification and diagnosis, treatment, and cognitive limitations and safety considerations associated with mental health and fatigue disorders;
  • Apply risk stratification, health-based screening, and effective communication strategies for people diagnosed with mental health disorders and for people diagnosed with fatigue disorders, to identify barriers to participation, contraindications, and/or risk to exercise;
  • Adapt exercise physiology interventions when working with children in clinical settings, including recognising and responding to ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities as allied health professionals;
  • Recognise psychosocial factors influencing participation, and identify contraindications of exercise;
  • Identify and respond to adverse situations in clinical exercise physiology, actioning onward referral where indicated.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (%) - 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 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Face to face teaching (3 days compulsory residential - 19, 20 & 23 October 2023)
Coordinator: Ms Lisa Simmons
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.

  • 39 hours online activity - Online learning activities
  • 24 hours specialised - 3 day compulsory residential - practicals and assessment
  • 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.