EXERSCI 771 : Clinical Exercise Practicum I


2021 Semester One (1213) (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 aimed at providing a student with practical and clinical experience in exercise rehabilitation services to individuals living with chronic disease. The course consists of supervised clinical experience gained through a body of theoretical and practical work and some direct contact with clients of the Exercise Sciences Health & Rehabilitation Clinic. In this course, you will gain the requisite skills needed to apply the principles of exercise physiology in conducting exercise assessments and develop skills in delivering safe and effective exercise-based interventions to individuals. Completing this course along with the other 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. Select and 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. Demonstrate 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 exercise assessment-related outcomes to patients, peers and staff. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  6. Demonstrate professional, ethical and clinic standards expected by the Clinical Exercise Physiology profession in New Zealand. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Practical Skills 40% Individual Coursework
Tutorials 40% Individual Coursework
Professional Development 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Practical Skills
Professional Development

Special Requirements

There may be some clinical learning opportunities are available during the inter-semester break as part of the service that the clinic provides to members of the public.

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 a 1.5 hour tutorial, 2 hours of practical skills development, 2 hours reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

There will be approximately 2.5 hours of hands-on clinic experience per week available.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials/clinics] to receive credit for components of the course.
Other learning activities including seminars/tutorials/labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the practical skills assessments.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

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

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.

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.

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.


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 your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

The following conditions will apply under the different COVID-19 Alert levels.
Level 1: Delivery normally as specified in delivery mode.
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option. The following activities will also have an on-campus / in-person option: lectures, labs, tutorials, office hours.
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely

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 29/01/2021 10:00 a.m.