1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 3-hour practical fortnightly
2 x .5-hour on-line lectures weekly
1 Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1a Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
2 EXSC2002 - Exercise Prescription in Motor Control and Learning
3 1 of MMED2931, MMED2932
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and 2 and 3)
Practical work; Examination; Tests; Tutorial Presentation.
Topic description
Applied practice and research in exercise science requires knowledge of advanced approaches to exercise prescription and physiological adaptations to exercise. This topic will provide students with advanced understanding of the function, integration and regulation of human physiological systems in response to acute and chronic exercise and how this knowledge can be applied in exercise prescription to improve and maintain aspects of health, fitness, and performance.Unique areas of study concerning the physiological adaptations to exercise in response to different environmental conditions and interactions with ‘ergonenic aids’ and technologies will also be presented. Students will be given the opportunity to develop new skills in research to examine the evidence surrounding key questions in applied exercise practice. Practical skills in exercise testing and prescription will be provided and rehearsed enabling the foundation for exercise practice in apparently healthy, clinical and sporting populations.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are;

  1. Critically evaluate physiological adaptations to acute and chronic exercise in different environmental conditions and interactions with ergogenic aids and technologies

  2. To apply evidenced-based approach to exercise prescription to improve strength, power and endurance in diverse populations

  3. Adopt the scope of practice of an exercise scientist in apparently healthy, clinical and sporting populations

  4. To develop competency in three exercise science technical skills.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the cellular biological and physiological regulation of human tissues and structures in response to acute and chronic exercise
  2. Use an evidence-based approach to exercise prescription in chronic disease management, health promotion and applied sport science
  3. Apply advanced concepts of assessment and prescription of exercise in clinical and applied populations
  4. Examine critically the rational, procedures and ethical considerations for implementation of exercise in pregnancy, older adults, children and indigenous populations
  5. Critically examine the physiological adaptations to exercise performed in hypoxic and hot environments, and in combination with ergogenic aids and technology
  6. Evaluate the processes and rational for recovery modalities to optimise exercise performance and adaptation
  7. Adopt the scope of practice of an exercise scientist in health promotion and performance scenarios
  8. Assess, collate, comprehend, critically analyse, and disseminate the exercise scientific literature
  9. Conduct VO2max, ECG, and lactate threshold tests and demonstrate basic interpretation, analysis, and explanation of data obtained from these tests
  10. Identify risk factors for adverse events that may occur during an exercise session/testing and to provide strategies to minimise risks
  11. Calibrate exercise physiology equipment and communicate effectively with clients
  12. Critically evaluate the role of nutrition and hydration in exercise performance and body composition.