EXERSCI 774 : Clinical Exercise Practicum IV


2021 Semester Two (1215) (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 774 is the 4th 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 this course, you will continue to practice and refine skills related to interviewing, exercise assessment (especially cardiopulmonary exercise testing), exercise prescription design and behaviour coaching as it related to physical activity. You will work within a clinical team to develop and implement safe and efficacious exercise-based interventions to adults living with one or more chronic illnesses. In this course you become increasingly responsible for planning assessment, exercise prescription development and implementation for Clinic patients.
Completing this course along with the other EXERSCI 771, 772 & 773 Clinical Practicum courses will provide you with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and patient experience required to register as Clinical Exercise Physiologist in New Zealand.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 773 Restriction: SPORTSCI 774, 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. Plan prepare and implement skills and techniques related to patient care, functional assessment and exercise rehabilitation. (Capability 1 and 4)
  2. Demonstrate career entry level competency in administering and interpreting the results of a cardiopulmonary exercise test. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  3. Demonstrate career entry level proficiency in exericse assessment and rehabilitation prescription design for adults living with one or more chronic health conditions. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  4. Demonstrate career entry level competency in effective communication within a allied health patient care environment (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  5. Demonstrate thorough understanding of safe, ethical clinical practice. (Capability 2, 3, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Clinical Performance Assessment 60% Individual Coursework
Practical Exam 20% Individual Coursework
Portfolio 10% Individual Coursework
Coursework 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Clinical Performance Assessment
Practical Exam
Students must achieve a minimum of 30 out of 60 marks for the clinical performance assessment in 
order to be eligible to pass this course.

Special Requirements

This course is a Practicum and it is dependent on experience-based learning taking place in a real 
functioning rehabilitation clinic. Students are expected to attend all scheduled patient appointments 
and tutorials. Patient appointments are variable and dependent on patient enrollment into the Clinic 
but generally occur Monday to Friday mornings between 8am and 12:30pm. 
A minimum of 200 hours of supervised practical experience over the term is required to meet course 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course they are enrolled in. During a typical week in this course you can expect to spend approximately 15 hours seeing patients and maintaining their clinical records, attend 1.5 hours of tutorial and spend 3.5 hours reading and thinking about the content or preparing for tests and assignments. Total 20 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including tutorials and clinics to receive credit for components of the course. 

The course will not include live online events such as group discussions or tutorials. Attendance on campus is required. Weekly class meetings are scheduled following a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

There are no specific learning resources (i.e., a textbook or course book) required for the course. 

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.

Level 1:  Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode  
Level 2: You will not be required to attend class meetings in person.  All teaching and assessment undertaken during class meetings will   
have a remote option.  Depending upon governmental and Ministry of Health guidelines in place at the time; and upon approval from the University of Auckland, some patient appointments will completed in person in the Health & Rehabilitation Clinic following approved operating protocols.   
Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely including patient appointments via video-based telehealth methodology. 

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 16/02/2021 10:43 a.m.