EXERSCI 710 : Exercise Rehabilitation


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The role of exercise and physical activity in the rehabilitation of people living with chronic and long-term health conditions. Professional practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Evidence-based exercise prescription and outcome measurement for selected client populations.

Course Overview

Students will learn about professional and ethical practice relevant to healthcare practitioners working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Chronic disease models will inform a holistic, client-centered and culturally responsive approaches to long-term condition management and rehabilitation. Evidence-based exercise and physical activity interventions, including behavior change and client self-management, will be applied to patients living with long-term conditions. The impacts of exercise and physical activity on brain plasticity, disease mechanisms, pain, physical function and psychological health will be explored in selected musculoskeletal and neurological diseases. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 710

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 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional and ethical healthcare practice appropriate for professional clinical and rehabilitation settings (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Evaluate and apply a client-centered approach to prescribe exercise and physical activity interventions for patients living with long-term conditions (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  3. Apply evidence-based practice to the design of exercise interventions for patients living with long term conditions and evaluate outcomes (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Explain and critically evaluate the impact of exercise for people living with selected chronic disorders outside of the cardiovascular system (Capability 1, 2 and 3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Portfolio 80% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

Key Topics

Professional Practice Modules
1. Healthcare Models 
2. Healthcare Governance 
3. The Professional Self 
4. Client-centered Practice and Clinical Audit (quality improvement)
5. Evidence-based Practice
6. Culturally-responsive Practice  
Exercise in Clinical Populations Modules
1. Stroke Rehabilitation 
2. Anxiety & Depression  
3. Brain and Nervous System (neural plasticity) 
4. Physical Function 
5. Acute and Chronic Pain 
6. Falls Prevention 

Learning Resources

Readings and materials will be provided via Canvas.

Special Requirements

This course is a blended learning course. This means learning and teaching is delivered using both face-to-face and online activities provided via Canvas. The online component is compulsory and is designed to enhance understanding of important concepts which provide the basis for discussions held during in-class learning and teaching sessions.

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 1 hour workshop, 3 hours of online learning activities, including an online lecture, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation each week.

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 03/07/2020 11:01 a.m.