EXERSCI 776 : Clinical Exercise Practicum 1


2022 Semester One (1223) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Individual interdisciplinary practice in exercise screening, exercise and physical activity assessment, exercise prescription and supervision, exercise and physical activity counselling and health education and promotion in clinical populations. The course integrates ethical, safe, reflective and culturally responsive practice through supervised clinical work of not less than 200 hours.

Course Overview

This course provides the practical experience required for students enrolled in the 120 point PG Dip Sci (CEP) specialisation to allow students to acquire the clinical contact hours required for accreditation purposes. This course allows the student to apply the taught theory in EXERSCI 720 in a clinical exercise physiology through interactions with clients attending the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic. This is a mandatory practicum course for students who are enrolled in the 120 point PG Dip Sci or the 240 point MSc CEP qualifications.

Course Requirements

Restriction: EXERSCI 771, SPORTSCI 771, 781

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
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. Conduct clinical and exercise-related assessments for people living with chronic conditions in a competent, professional, safe and accurate manner. (Capability 1 and 4)
  2. Provide client-centred supervision and monitoring to ensure safe and effective exercise training to people living with chronic disease. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  3. Evaluate and record clinical and exercise-related assessments accurately. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  4. Effectively communicate clinical and exercise-related outcomes to people living with chronic conditions and their whanau, and other health and exercise professionals. (Capability 4 and 6)
  5. Practice within professional, cultural, ethical and clinic standards expected by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Clinical Exercise Physiology profession in New Zealand. (Capability 1, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Portfolio 50% Individual Coursework
Clinic performance 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Clinic performance

Special Requirements

All UoA students engaged in onsite activity within the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic must be fully vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 to protect against COVID-19. Unvaccinated staff and students can not be onsite and are prohibited from engaging in work-integrated learning and provision of services.

Workload Expectations

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

Therefore for this course, you can expect 20 hours of participation in clinic practicum-related work per week which will include direct exercise-related supervision and assessment of people attending the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, maintenance of client records and data, reading and thinking about scientific, exercise and clinical content specific to the individual case and working on assignments and/or practical assessment preparation.

There may be additional clinical learning opportunities available in the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic during the inter-semester break as part of the service that the clinic provides to members of the public.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

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

Learning activities will not be available as recordings.

The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.

Attendance on campus is required for all clinical appointments and practical skills sessions and assessments.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

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.

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 another good 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.

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 03/11/2021 08:51 p.m.