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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides the student with the opportunity to apply the principles and objectives of an effective exercise assessment program. Program design is studied in detail in relation to different populations. Aspects of consultation, interview and testing techniques and health education will be studied with an emphasis on developing practical skills.

Unit content

  • General principles of exercise testing and screening 
  • General principles of exercise prescription and programming 
  • Selecting and implementing appropriate fitness and exercise tests 
  • Designing exercise programs for healthy individuals 
  • Conducting and evaluating training programs and outcomes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate competency of, and apply, their knowledge of exercise testing to healthy and low risk individuals, showing an understanding of the principles and objectives of exercise testing and exercise prescription Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
2 assess exercise testing protocols and determine their appropriateness for apparently healthy populations Communication and social skills
3 design effective exercise training programs for a range of applications within the apparently healthy population group Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 conduct and supervise a prescribed exercise program for an apparently healthy population. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate competency of, and apply, their knowledge of exercise testing to healthy and low risk individuals, showing an understanding of the principles and objectives of exercise testing and exercise prescription
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. assess exercise testing protocols and determine their appropriateness for apparently healthy populations
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. design effective exercise training programs for a range of applications within the apparently healthy population group
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. conduct and supervise a prescribed exercise program for an apparently healthy population.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Heyward, V, 2010, Advanced fitness testing and exercise prescription, 6th edn, Human Kinetics, USA. ISBN: 9780736086592.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.