EXERSCI 721 : Clinical Exercise Physiology 2


2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Develops specialist knowledge in the evidence-based, physiological foundations underlying exercise assessment and prescription for people with orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and mental health-related chronic conditions. Covers treatment planning and reporting, and the critical analysis of the role of exercise in short and long-term chronic disease management.

Course Overview

This course provides the theoretical basis of knowledge that is applied in the complementing clinical exercise physiology practicums as students train to become practicing clinical exercise physiologists. This is a mandatory course for students who are enrolled in the 120-point PG Dip Sci (CEP) specialisation or the 240-point MSc CEP qualifications. The course provides further advanced theoretical and technical knowledge required to accurately assess and prescribe exercise for people living with chronic conditions.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 720

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish how physiological responses to exercise are influenced by the pathology of chronic conditions including but not limited to orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and mental health conditions. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Differentiate between assessment tools for the measurement of exercise capacity in people with chronic orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and mental health conditions. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Evaluate health-related outcomes for safe and effective exercise management of people with chronic conditions. (Capability 2, 3 and 6)
  4. Design evidence-based exercise prescription to improve the health and functional capacity of people with orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and mental health-related conditions. (Capability 2, 3 and 6)
  5. Integrate evidence-based contemporary behaviour change strategies into exercise prescription for long-term chronic disease management. (Capability 1, 3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 25% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 35% Individual Coursework
Case Studies 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Case Studies


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Key Topics

This course is comprised of the following modules in the context of exercise rehabilitation:
1. Role of exercise in chronic disease management models, treatment planning and reporting on functional health outcomes
2. Behaviour change strategies in exercise rehabilitation
3. Oncology
4. Immune system
5. Musculoskeletal/Falls/Pain
6. Neurological and movement disorders
7. Mental health

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 4 hours of seminars, 2 hours of online work, reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours of work on assignments and/or case study preparation per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including seminars to receive credit for components of the course. These seminars will require active participation from students. The learning activities in the seminars will not be available as recordings.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning 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.

Recommended Textbook Resources:
• W Thompson (2019). ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 9781496387806.
• D Riebe (2018). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 10th edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 978-1-4963-2906-5
• VH Heyward & AL Gibson (2014). Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription 7th edition. Human Kinetics, Torrens Park, South Australia. ISBN-13: 9781450481021. Available at http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/Advanced-Fitness-Assessment-and-Exercise-Prescription-7th-Edition-eBook

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.


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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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.

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 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.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 28/10/2022 11:27 a.m.