Principles of Exercise Programming (EXSS5058)


This unit provides a critical examination of exercise testing and programming, with a focus on the safe and effective implementation of testing and training for apparently healthy people. The scientific evidence for dosages of aerobic and resistance exercise required for health and fitness outcomes will be critically reviewed. Other aspects of exercise programming such as flexibility, warm-up and instruction, and the implementation of musculoskeletal assessment will be covered. How physical activity assessment and prescription may be deployed in the prevention of cardiovascular risk will also be examined, including the roles of structured exercise versus physical activity. Through the use of lectures and case studies, students will integrate the physiological components and logistical aspects of exercise performance to devise individualised exercise test batteries and deploy exercise prescriptions for healthy individuals. Students will be able to apply practical skills developed in this unit towards their placement in Professional Practice.

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Further unit of study information


2-hrs lecture/week, 2-hr practical/week for 7 weeks


Practical skills assessment (25%), written exercise management plan and oral defence (35%), and end semester exam (40%)


Thompson, W.R. (Ed.). ACSMÂ’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.

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Unit of study rules


EXSS5029 and EXSS5059

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