EXERSCI 773 : Clinical Exercise Practicum III


2020 Semester One (1203) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A body of practical supervised work of not less than 200 hours. The delivery of exercise rehabilitation services to clinical populations especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood, and metabolic disorders, and post-surgical cases.

Course Overview

EXERSCI 773 is the 3rd in a series of 4 practical learning-based courses aimed at developing clinical competency in clinical exercise physiology. The course is an immersive experiential learning experience involving direct contact with patients of the Exercise Sciences Health & Rehabilitation Clinic in combination with a body of theoretical, administrative and practical laboratory work. In EXERSCI 773, you begin to learn and assume the roles and responsibilities of a patient management team Clinical Lead. You will take increasing responsibility for designing and planning patient physical function assessments and treatment plans as well as communicating and documenting these activities is an industry standard patient management database.  Completing this course provides learning opportunities to help you acquire the knowledge and skills required of a practicing Clinical Exercise Physiologist and your Clinic placement hours contribute to the total number of supervised practical experience hours required professional regulatory bodies for registration as a clinical exercise physiologist. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 771, 772 Corequisite: EXERSCI 775 Restriction: SPORTSCI 773, 782

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
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Review, Rehearsh and Reflection are key steps for acquiring and maintaining clinical competency. During the term, you will develop your skill in this technique in order to refine your technical skills in functional assessment and rehabilitation techniques. You are aiming to become technically competent and clinical proficient in all the basic skills required of a registered clinical exercise physiologist. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Develop and demonstrate an ability to critically appraise medical history, interview data and observational information to formulate an individualised assessment of physical function that will form the basis of a patient's rehabilitation treatment plan. (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
  3. You will Interpret clinical findings from an assessment of physical function and use these findings to develop an evidence-based individualized rehabilitation exercise treatment plan that is compatible with a patient's medical condition, their medical treatment and their ability. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. You will develop and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within a team. (Capability 3 and 4)
  5. You will learn to think, write, speak clearly and effectively in all communication with clinical team members and patients. You will also develop and show skill in maintaining accurate and complete patient records in a patient management data base. (Capability 4)
  6. Demonstrate thorough understanding of safe, ethical clinical practice
  7. Development and planning for a career in CEP after graduation (Capability 2, 3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Clinical Performance Assessment 60% Individual Coursework
Practical Skills Test 15% Individual Coursework
ECG Interpretation Quiz 5% Individual Coursework
Career Planning Assignment 10% Individual Coursework
Grand Rounds Discussions 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Clinical Performance Assessment
Practical Skills Test
ECG Interpretation Quiz
Career Planning Assignment
Grand Rounds Discussions

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 Resource: D Riebe (2018). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 10th edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 978-1-4963-2906-5 
• Suggested Textbook Resource: 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 for $63.30 as an ebook. 
• Suggested Textbook Resource: Walt Thompson (2019) ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 9781496387806  

Special Requirements

Given that this course is a Paracticum dependent on experience-based learning taking place in a real functioning rehabilitation clinic, students are expected to attend all scheduled appointments and tutorials.  A minimum of 200 hours of supervised practical experience over th eterm is required to meet course requirements.   

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

During a typical week in this course you can expect to spend approximately 14 hours seeing patients and maintaining their clinical records, attend 1.5 hours of tutorial and spend 4.5 hours reading and thinking about the content or preparing for tests and assignments. Total 20 hours per 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 18/12/2019 11:38 p.m.