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. During practical sessions, students will have to use different techniques and protocols to evaluate aerobic fitness and muscle function. Student will have to demonstrate excellent data collection skills and ability to interpret results and communicate them to a lay audience.

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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%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

EXSS2027 or EXSS2028

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