EXERSCI 703 : Cardiac Rehabilitation


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Seminal literature is used to explore the effects of exercise, physical activity and sedentary behaviour on cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology within the context of disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Course Overview

A seminar-based course which explores the fundamentals of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology. Through a series of lectures, tutorials and student presentations, students will gain knowledge on the effects of exercise on cardiovascular and respiratory physiology in people living with cardiovascular disease. Additional topics include the role of cardiac rehabilitation in risk factor modification, cardiovascular medication effects on exercise and the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in cardiac populations. Issues and advances in cardiac rehabilitation are highlighted through in-class discussions.

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 703

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain and discuss the pathophysiology associated with cardiovascular disease and how cardiopulmonary responses to rehabilitation exercise are influenced by the pathology of certain conditions. (Capability 1 and 3)
  2. Critically evaluate cardiac rehabilitation interventions against a global understanding of current evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation practice in New Zealand and abroad. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  3. Critically appraise methodology of and interpret recent advances in cardiac rehabilitation. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Discuss the impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on cardiovascular health and contemporary strategies to incorporate free living physical activity into cardiac disease prevention. (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Tutorials 20% Individual Coursework
Mid-term test 15% Individual Test
Presentation 25% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Mid-term test
Final Exam

Key Topics

Theme topics that will be explored include:
Exercise limitations in people who require cardiac rehabilitation.
Physiological benefits of cardiac rehabilitation for people with cardiopulmonary disease.

Learning Resources

Additional readings, information and important reminders will be made available via CANVAS throughout this course.

There are a number of textbooks on the Reading Lists on CANVAS and available via the library that provide additional related and background material.

Special Requirements

No special requirements

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 3 hours of either lectures or tutorials,  3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation per week.

Students are expected to prepare for, attend and actively contribute to the seminar-type classes and tutorials. These sessions include structured opportunities for peer discussion and learning.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 11/01/2020 03:00 p.m.