EXERSCI 775 : Seminar in Clinical Exercise Physiology


2022 Semester One (1223) (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 of research articles 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.  Class meetings allow for group discussion of a collection of topically focused research articles  and periodic assessment of acquired knowledge using testing methods that simulate those used in professional accreditation examinations.  

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
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate clinical exercise physiology and rehabilitation science research literature for translation and application to clinical practice. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Present, critically assess and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a research study journal article in clinical exercise physiology or rehabilitation sciences within a group of health professionals. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  3. Critically review and summarize a body of recent research that addresses a topic relevant to clinical exercise physiology and rehabilitation science. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  4. Critically evaluate 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 to identify and address gaps in the required knowledge and understanding. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  5. Prepare for challenging clinical exercise physiology professional accreditation exams. (Capability 1 and 2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Presentations: The student will make three 15-minute presentations to the class to outline key knowledge points contained in assigned research articles.  The two highest scoring presentations made by the student will be equally weighted at 15% each and used to derive the 30% allocation of the final grade for this assessment type.  
Assignment:  A short topical review of current research addressing a topic relevant to the field of clinical exercise physiology.
Quizzes:  two section quizzes (10% each) and one cumulative quiz (20%) covering the wide theoretical knowledge base required for the practice of clinical exercise physiology will be undertaken.  Test format and question style simulate those used on professional accreditation exams. 

Key Topics

Select Topics as they relate to clinical exercise physiology in:
  • Exercise testing & prescription in clinical populations
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • Musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders 
  • Neurologic and neuromuscular disorders
  • Neoplastic disease
  • Immune and hematologic disorders
  • Psychological and mood disorders

Special Requirements

Students are expected to attend weekly class meetings to participate in group discussion of presented articles and to provide peer feedback to each presenter. 

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 class meeting attendance, 5 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including class meetings to complete components of the course.
Seminars will not typically be available as recordings and the course will not typically include live online events including group discussions.
Attendance on campus is required for the quizzes.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetabled course.

Learning 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.

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.

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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 11/11/2021 12:30 p.m.