EXERSCI 775 : Seminar in Clinical Exercise Physiology


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A body of advanced theoretical and administrative work related to exercise prescription and service delivery. The principles of exercise physiology related to clinical populations, especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood, and metabolic disorders, post-surgical cases, the elderly, and for individuals at risk of developing diseases as a consequence of inactivity. Professional and inter-professional relations will be addressed.

Course Overview

This course consists of self-directed reading and seminar discussion focused on the principles of exercise physiology as it relates to clinical populations, especially individuals who have cardiac, musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, immunological, neoplastic, mood and metabolic disorders, post-surgical cases, the elderly, and individuals at risk of developing disease due to physical inactivity. The primary goal of this course is to help students diagnose and address areas of weakness and gaps in their knowledge base so that they might correct these areas and successfully challenge the Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist or American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification examinations post-graduation. The student works with the course academic staff to develop individualized study plans based on the outcome of a diagnostic exam at the beginning of the term to help the student focus their effort over the term.

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 775, 783

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop skill and competence to undertake self-directed learning. (Capability 2 and 3)
  2. Develop and improve oral communication and presentation skills by leading seminar discussion topics (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  3. Prepare and practice for challenging clinical exercise physiology professional accreditation exams. (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Develop deeper understanding of the scientific evidence behind advanced principles and concepts related to Clinical Assessment, Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription, Exercise Training, Pathology and Medical Management of Chronic Diseases, Education & Behaviour Change, Program Administration and Legal & Professional Considerations. (Capability 1 and 2)
  5. Identify and address gaps in knowledge and understanding of material outlined in the 7 task domains for Clinical Exercise Physiology identified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Scope of Practice Document created by Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand for Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (Capability 1, 2 and 3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Seminar Presentations 40% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 60% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Seminar Presentations

Learning Resources

A list of recommended journal article reading will be provided throughout the term. Articles can be accessed freely on the intranet using a University of Auckland computer and/or student identification necessary to access University subscribed content.  

Special Requirements

Students will be assigned journal articles to summarize and lead group discussion during weekly seminars. Student attendance and participation in discussions is expected. 

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 2 hours of seminar, 6 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation each 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 11/01/2020 03:01 p.m.