Exercise Testing and Prescription (EXSS3023)


This unit is designed to provide a comprehensive and critical examination of exercise testing and programming in low-risk populations. The scientific evidence for exercise dosages for aerobic exercise and resistance training required for health and fitness outcomes will be critically reviewed. Other aspects of exercise programming such as flexibility, warm up and instructional technique will also be covered in this unit. Through the use of lectures and case studies, students will learn how to integrate both the physiological components and logistical aspects of exercise performance, to devise individualised exercise test batteries and prescriptions. Although not a co-requisite, students will benefit from undertaking EXSS3024 Exercise, Health and Disease in parallel with Exercise Testing and Prescription.

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2x1-hr lecture/week for 13 weeks, 3x 1-hr tutorial, 5x2-hr practical


brochure/report (20%), practical exam with report (30%), end semester exam (50%)

Practical work

During practical session, students will have to use different techniques and protocols to evaluate aerobic fitness and muscle function. This will also involve adequate collection and interpretation of data. Tutorials will be used to introduce students to

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: EXSS2027 or EXSS2028

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