EXERSCI 771 : Clinical Exercise Practicum I


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 100 hours, including laboratory work. The principles and application of electrocardiography, and the assessment of people with cardiovascular disease. An introduction to the integration of the principles of exercise physiology, testing, and prescription into a practical programme for delivery to premorbid and low-risk clinical populations.

Course Overview

This course is the first in a series of 4 practical learning-based courses aimed at providing the student with clinical experience in exercise rehabilitation services to individuals living with chronic disease. The course consists of supervised clinical experience gained through direct contact with clients of the Exercise Sciences Health & Rehabilitation Clinic in combination with a body of theoretical and practical work. In this course, you will learn how to apply the principles of exercise physiology, exercise assessment, and exercise prescription in order to develop safe and effective exercise-based interventions to individuals. Completing this course along with the other EXERSCI 772, 773 & 774 Clinical Practicum courses will provide you with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required of a practicing Clinical Exercise Physiologist. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 771, 781

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
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. Conduct basic clinical measures for individuals with chronic disease in a competent, professional, safe and accurate manner. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  2. Instruct an individual through a pre-designed exercise programme. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Provide level-appropriate supervision and monitoring to ensure safe and effective exercise training to individuals with chronic disease. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  4. Interpret, document and report on basic clinical measures accurately. (Capability 1 and 4)
  5. Effectively communicate clinical outcomes to patients, peers and staff. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  6. Follow professional, ethical and clinic standards expected by the Clinical Exercise Physiology profession in New Zealand. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Tutorials 15% Individual Coursework
ECG Quiz 15% Individual Test
Practical test 25% Individual Test
Clinical performance 40% Individual Coursework
Grand rounds 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
ECG Quiz
Practical test
Clinical performance
Grand rounds

Key Topics

Key topics include:
Orientation to the clinic and clinic functioning.
Basic clinical skills for safe exercise prescription.
Self-directed clinical experience.

Learning Resources

All required readings will be announced and available via Canvas. A central theme in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Program is one of self-directed learning. You are expected to independently seek out and review information related to the field. The academic staff and your peers are your greatest resource. 
Suggested 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

Special Requirements

Students must complete a clinical competency test prior to entry into the clinic. Students must obtain a minimum of 100 clinical experience hours as verified by the academic team leader. Failure to obtain the minimum required hours will result in an unsuccessful course attempt (i.e., a failing course grade). Students can expect to have client appointments during the inter-semester break and up until the last day of term.

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.

Students are required to achieve a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experience throughout the semester.

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.