EXERSCI 732 : Exercise for Rehabilitation


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students will apply clinical reasoning and deduction to assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan living with chronic health conditions to increase life-long physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours. Knowledge and skills include aerobic capacity testing, functional assessments, exercise intervention, outcome measurement and self-management support for people undergoing cardiac rehabilitation or living with chronic health conditions and older adults.

Course Overview

Students will apply clinical reasoning to the assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan living with chronic health conditions to increase life-long physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours. They will develop knowledge about the principles of clinical exercise evaluation and functional exercise testing, and apply these principles to chronic lung, cardiac, rheumatological, or neurological conditions such as stroke. They will also explore potential physical and psychosocial barriers to exercise in these populations.

Students will critically evaluate research on cardiorespiratory rehabilitation approaches in the inpatient, outpatient and community settings, and identify safe and effective exercise rehabilitation approaches for different client groups. Clinical reasoning and communication skills will be developed with case-based scenarios, observation of clients in the exercise clinic, and subjective interviews with clients in the exercise clinic.

Knowledge and skills acquired in this course include aerobic capacity testing, functional assessments, exercise intervention, outcome measurement and self-management support for people undergoing cardiac rehabilitation or living with chronic health conditions and older adults.

Course Requirements

Corequisite: EXERSCI 731, 733, 734

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. Synthesise disciplinary knowledge and practice of aerobic and functional capacity testing to inform exercise interventions that promote cardiorespiratory fitness and improve function in at risk populations. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Critically evaluate exercise therapy approaches in the inpatient, outpatient and community setting. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  3. Critically evaluate behaviour change models and apply a behaviour change framework to clinical case scenarios to evaluate potential facilitators and barriers to participation in exercise. (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to safely conduct functional capacity testing, interpret the findings and justify selected exercise intervention and self-management plan for clients with chronic lung, rheumatological or cardiac conditions or older adults (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  5. Critically reflect on the use of self-management strategies to increase participation in life-long physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  6. Demonstrate an undersatanding of the necessary skills for future professional development, critical appraisal of current and new cardiorespiratory exercise interventions and the ability to incorporate new research-based practices into physiotherapy management plans (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  7. Critically reflect on the physiotherapist’s contribution to the interdisciplinary management of chronic and long term conditions, including identifying opportunities to work collaboratively with other health care professionals in the inpatient, outpatient or community setting (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  8. Demonstrate effective integration of Maori and Pacific models of health and wellbeing into the planning and equitable delivery of physiotherapy exercise rehabilitation provision (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  9. Demonstrate the ability to research, identify and describe physiotherapy treatment modalities for chronic lung, rheumatological or cardiac conditions or older adults (Capability 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  10. Critically reflect on the management, within the interdisciplinary team, of clients with chronic lung, rheumatological or cardiac conditions or older adults and development strategies for self-improvement (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 40% Individual Coursework
Practical test 1 20% Individual Test
Theory test 20% Individual Test
Practical test 2 20% Individual Test
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Practical test 1
Theory test
Practical test 2


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Special Requirements

Attendance is required for the practical and clinic components of the course.

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 36 hours of lectures, 18 hours of laboratories/clinic, 54 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 42 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs and clinics to complete the practical components of the course.
Attendance is also expected at lectures, however lectures will be available as recordings if attendance is not possible. Other learning activities including seminars, labs and clinics will not be recorded.
Attendance on campus is required for the exams.

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.

Anatomy text
Moore K.L., Dalley A.F., Agur A. M. R (2018). Clinically Oriented Anatomy (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer available as e-resource
Physiology text (either of the following)
Guyton A.C. & Hall M.E. (2021). Guyton and Hall textbook of Medical Physiology (14th ed). Philadelphia: Elsevier available as e-resource
Marieb E.N, & Hoehn K. (2016). Human anatomy and Physiology (16th ed). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd
Exercise Physiology
American College of Sports Medicine (2018). ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (10th ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer

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.

In response to student feedback in 2022, the practical test has been split into 2 smaller tests, with the first test midway through semester and the second test at the end of semester. This will allow early feedback for students on their progress in the course.

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 01/11/2022 09:36 a.m.