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SP5103 - Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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 changes 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 changes 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Rebecca Sealey
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anthony Leicht, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Rebecca Sealey.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 30 hours
  • 0 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (10%); clinical practice competencies (%); assignments (30%).
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.

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