EXERSCI 778 : Clinical Exercise Practicum 3


2024 Semester One (1243) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Individual and 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 student with opportunities to develop and refine clinical competencies that align with the knowledge, skills and attributes of a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  The work-integrated learning experience is a central component of this course, this enables the student to accumulate approximately 200 hours of supervised experience in the role of a clinical exercise physiologist working directly with patients living with one or more chronic illnesses. The accumulated hours of supervised work can be used to meet the requirements of professional registration.     

Each student will be offered a work-integrated learning opportunity in the department of  Exercise Sciences' Health and Rehabilitation Clinic.  Additional off-site work experience placements will be offered depending on availability.  This is a mandatory practicum course for students who are enrolled in the MSc CEP qualification. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 771 and 772, or EXERSCI 776 and 777 Corequisite: EXERSCI 775 Restriction: EXERSCI 773, SPORTSCI 773, 782

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Design safe and effective clinical and exercise-related management plans for people living with chronic conditions. (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  2. Demonstrate career entry level proficiency in screening, assessment, design and implementation of exercise intervention, patient management and education for people living with chronic conditions. (Capability 3, 4 and 8)
  3. Demonstrate effective implementation of discharge planning to address patients ongoing treatment and management needs. (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Work collaboratively as part of an allied health team, and independently as necessary. (Capability 6, 7 and 8)
  5. Apply professional behaviour according to the cultural, ethical and clinic standards expected by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Clinical Exercise Physiology profession in New Zealand. (Capability 1 and 8)
  6. Demonstrate career entry level competency in the interpretation of results from cardiopulmonary exercise assessments. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Work-integrated Learning 50% Individual Coursework
Portfolio 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Work-integrated Learning


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Exercise Sciences has a dedicated Tuākana space at the City Campus (301-183). Exercise Sciences Tuākana space consists of a few personal computers, a collection of prescribed textbooks of Exercise Sciences courses, personal study and relaxing areas with access to shared kitchen facilities. Tuākana students enrolled in any Exercise Sciences course are most welcome to make use of these facilities not only to support their learning but also to build whanaungatanga. Feel free to contact Waruna, the Exercise Sciences Tuākana coordinator, on w.weerasekera@auckland.ac.nz for any questions.

Special Requirements

Students must achieve passing grades (>50%) in the Work-integrated Learning Assessment to be eligible to pass this course. 

There are appointments and experiential learning activities scheduled outside of the Standard University Teaching Hours times (8.00am-6.00pm), including those taking place in primary work-integrated learning placement site within the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic (7.30am-12.00noon). Other work-integrated learning placements may also require attendance outside standard teaching hours.  Students unable able to attend outside standard teaching opportunities may have fewer external learning opportunities available to participate in.  

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 that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect to spend approximately 20 hours of participation in work-integrated learning activities including direct exercise-related supervision and assessment of clinical patients, maintenance of clinical 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. The proportion of time dedicated to each learning activity may vary from week to week. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

In-person attendance is required to undertake all work-integrated learning.  Students are expected to attend all seminars and inter-professional learning experiences hosted during the semester.   
The course will not include live online events, including seminar-based group discussions and interactive work.
Attendance on campus is required for all clinical appointments and practical skill 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.

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 as required. The academic staff and your peers are useful resources.

Suggested Textbook Resources:
• W Thompson (2019). ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 9781496387806.
• G Liguori (2021). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 11th edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA USA. ISBN: 9781975150181
• 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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, 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 09/11/2023 09:01 a.m.