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SP5103 - Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

Credit points: 6
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

The subject addresses the scope of practice and professional roles and responsibilities of the exercise physiologist; the pathophysiological basis of cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal conditions; and the assessment, diagnostic, medical and exercise-based interventions associated with the treatment and prevention of cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal 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, metabolic and renal conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 knowledge of the pathophysiological basis; identification and diagnosis, treatment and functional limitations and safety considerations associated with cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal conditions;
  • Demonstrated ability to assess limitations; recognize adverse reactions; and prescribe and facilitate exercise associated with cardiopulmonary, metabolic and renal conditions and with complex cases.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Rebecca Sealey
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anthony Leicht, Ms Lisa Simmons, Assoc. Professor Rebecca Sealey.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 30 hours
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (15%); quizzes or tests (10%); presentations (10%); clinical practice competencies: pass/fail (%); assignments (25%).
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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