1 x 3-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 3-hour laboratory weekly
1 x 70-hour clinical placement per semester
1 x 1-hour oral viva once-only
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ EXSC9002A - Exercise and Metabolic Cardiopulmonary Conditions (Practicum A) (4.5/9 units)
Course context

This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.

Examination(s), Placement (Clinical), Tutorial Presentation(s)
Topic description

Progressive exercise is a key element in the management of cardiometabolic, and respiratory conditions; for restoration of physiological function and amelioration of functional decline in patients with these conditions. This topic will focus on exercise as part of the overall rehabilitation process of patients with cardiovascular, metabolic, kidney, and respiratory disease. Students will become aware and consider the pathophysiological processes, psychosocial considerations and the medico-pharmacological interventions in the context of interdisciplinary practice and provision of appropriate exercise strategies in these conditions. Students will also learn and practice clinical exercise assessments of functional and physiological capacity as well as interpretation of clinical data relevant to a person's condition and exercise management. Using case study scenarios and exposure in clinical placement, students will be exposed to a variety of exercise strategies aimed at managing common cardiac, vascular, metabolic, kidney, and pulmonary conditions. Particular focus will be on providing evidence-based exercise interventions to design and deliver safe and effective exercise interventions in populations presenting with these conditions. This topic requires students to complete a clinical placement.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Link student's knowledge of the principles of clinical exercise assessment and prescription to the application of exercise in people with cardiometabolic, kidney, and respiratory disease
  • Support students to understand and describe the underlying pathophysiological processes and medical management of patients with cardiometabolic, kidney, and respiratory disease relevant to exercise management
  • Link student's understanding and application of the management and overall rehabilitation of patients with cardiometabolic, kidney, and respiratory disease in a health care setting
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the professional roles and scope of practice of an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) and demonstrate an understanding of the clinical, scientific, ethical, and legislative parameters, related to the work of an AEP in the Australian healthcare network
  2. Analyse and evaluate the broad roles of other medical and allied medical practitioners in the context of primary and secondary disease prevention/injury management for all target conditions included in the cardiovascular, kidney, metabolic, and pulmonary domains
  3. Assess, interpret, and reflect on the physiological and psychological responses, including applying relevant behavioural change strategies, to exercise in people with common cardiovascular, metabolic, kidney, and pulmonary conditions
  4. Design, apply, and interpret evidence-based assessments of physiological and functional capacity in patients with cardiometabolic, kidney, and pulmonary conditions
  5. Interpret information pertaining to common medical assessments including identification of contraindications to exercise, and apply appropriate modifications and strategies in the initiation and progression of exercise for patients with cardiovascular, metabolic, kidney, and pulmonary conditions
  6. Design, implement, assess, monitor, and modify evidence-based exercise programs by identifying risk factors, contributing towards a safe and hygienic environment, establishing safe but effective exercise intensity, recognising and avoiding adverse signs and symptoms, administering appropriate first aid if required, and accommodating for the effect of common medications for people with cardiac, metabolic, kidney or pulmonary conditions
  7. Implement and reflect on clinical leadership skill including creation and communication of reports in both verbal and written formats on initial clinical status, changes in clinical status, and progress in response to the exercise intervention for key stakeholders (i.e. client, peers, placement providers, and referrer), according to legislative and compensable scheme requirements for people with cardiovascular, metabolic, kidney, or pulmonary conditions