Master of Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology

Master of Exercise Physiology

Students must complete 72 credit points, including:
(i) 60 credit points of 5000-level core units of study
(ii) 6 credit points of 5000-level elective unit of study; and
(iii) 6 credit points of 5000-level capstone unit of study, to commence (2021)

5000-level units of study

Core units
EXSS5101 Design and Implementation of Exercise

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture hours: 24, tutorial hours: 10, laboratory hours: 6 Assessment: ACE module (0%) and EBP module report (30%) and exercise program and oral defence (40%) and end-semester exam (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on the development of understanding and skills relating to the design and implementation of physical activity based interventions in the scope of Accredited Exercise Physiology practice. The unit ultimately aims to develop the capacity for design and delivery of safe and effective exercise plans that consider client treatment goals, medical history, clinical status and other influencing factors using an evidence-based practice approach as foundation. These individualised interventions will positively affect functional capacity, health and/or behaviours of the individual. Students will develop skills in the use of behaviour change for lifestyle intervention, and in the monitoring and revision of exercise and exercise programs, for application in the context of target conditions in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular domains and a broad range of target pathologies and complex cases.
EXSS5102 Assessment and the Exercise Physiologist

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture hours: 24 tutorial hours: 6 laboratory hours: 12 Corequisites: EXSS5103 Assessment: ECG skills-based evaluation (30%), client interview and practical skills assessment (45%) and written assessment task (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on the development of understanding and skills relating to assessment in Accredited Exercise Physiology practice. This includes measurement tools/techniques for assessing exercise capacity and clinical and functional status for application in target pathology domains. Content is delivered in the broader context of case management in the healthcare system framework. This includes understanding of non-AEP assessment (such as medicines information), and the development of core clinical skills such as clinical communication, reporting, referral and professional conduct.
EXSS5103 Exercise in Cardiometabolic Diseases

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture hours: 26 tutorial hours: 8 laboratory hours: 6 Corequisites: EXSS5102 Assessment: In-class test (5%), skills-based practical assessment (5%), written in-semester case-based exam (40%), skills-based practical assessment (10%) and written in-semester case-based exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit will develop knowledge, clinical decision making and practical skills for the assessment, design and delivery of physical activity for target conditions in the cardiopulmonary, metabolic and kidney disease AEP pathology domains. Clinical scenarios will be used to develop understanding of the pathological and pathophysiolgical bases for disease, diagnostic procedures, medical and allied health management, including medications. This will require the student to integrate prior knowledge, skills and experiences with new learning in the context of metabolic, cardiopulmonary and kidney disease management. Students will develop the capacity for appropriate assessment, monitoring, prescription and implementation of physical activity for cardiopulmonary and metabolic disease clientele including those with chronic kidney disease, to ultimately design and deliver safe and effective physical activity management plans that are individualised and evidence-based.
EXSS5104 Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture hours: 24 tutorial hours: 4 laboratory hours: 18 Assumed knowledge: Functional anatomy and biomechanics Assessment: Anatomy in-class test (0%), practical exam (30%), exercise plan and oral defence (30%) and final exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relating to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions encountered in Accredited Exercise Physiology practice. This includes the strategic application of the principles of exercise prescription to target specific prevention and rehabilitation goals. The unit explores the scope of practice for Exercise Physiologists in rehabilitation settings, rehabilitation tools of the AEP and their physiological basis, and principles and objectives of exercise rehabilitation programs. The unit explores the pathophysiological basis of exercise limitations across a range of lower body musculoskeletal conditions including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and joint replacement.
Textbooks
Hoogenboom BJ, Voight ML, Prentice WE. eds. Musculoskeletal Interventions: Techniques for Therapeutic Exercise, Third Edition New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2013.
EXSS5111 Clinical Practice Unit 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive August,Semester 2 Classes: 2x 6-hour workshop over two days in the week preceding the start of placement. 1x1 hour tutorial after the placement component has finished. Prerequisites: EXSS5102 Assessment: Student placement assessment- professional placement (pass/fail), attendance- professional placement (pass/fail), placement portfolio (pass/fail) and placement logbook (pass/fail). Practical field work: Professional placement: 150-225 hours Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
This unit is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities of the clinical Exercise Physiologist. Students will work under supervision in professional settings and will assist in managing clients with chronic disease, while demonstrating and being assessed on specific clinical practice skills and professional behaviour which are consistent with their stage of learning.
EXSS5112 Exercise Physiology and Client Care

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: lecture hours: 20 tutorial hours: 7 laboratory hours: 9 Assessment: inter-professional skills-based assessment (30%), in-class assessment participation (0%), exercise plan and oral case defence (35%) and final exam (35%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Emphasis in this unit is on the development of appropriate communication and practice for interaction with clients and relevant stakeholders within the mental health and cancer AEP pathology domains. Students will develop communication and practice which is responsive to changes in clinical situation and considerate of clinical and safety risks. Students will also advance their knowledge, clinical decision-making and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of physical activity for clients with cancer as well as those with mental health conditions and disability. Clinical scenarios will be used to develop understanding of the bases for disease, diagnostic procedures and multidisciplinary care, including the principles of legislative framework for mental health care.
EXSS5113 Exercise, Ageing and Neurological Health

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: lecture hours: 26 tutorial hours: 8 laboratory hours: 10 Assessment: written assignment (20%), simulated practical exam (15%), exercise plan and oral defence (25%) and final exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
The unit will develop knowledge, clinical decision making and practical skills for the assessment, design and delivery of physical activity for clientele with frailty and disability and target conditions in the neurological AEP pathology domains. Clinical scenarios will be used to develop understanding of the pathological and pathophysiolgical bases for neurological disease and disability diagnostic procedures, medical and allied health management, including medications. This will require the student to integrate prior knowledge, skills and experiences with new learning in the context of neurological condition management. Students will develop the capacity for appropriate assessment, monitoring, prescription and implementation of physical activity for neurologial clientele and those with frailty and disability, to ultimately design and deliver safe and effective physical activity management plans that are individualised and evidence-based.
EXSS5114 Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: lecture hours: 22 laboratory hours: 20 Prerequisites: EXSS5104 Exercise and Musculoskeletal Health 1 Assessment: anatomy in-class test (0%), practical skills assessment (25%), exercise plan and oral defence (25%) and final exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
The aim of this unit is to investigate the strategic application of exercise prescription principles to target specific prevention and rehabilitation goals. The unit focuses on the role of therapeutic exercise for the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions of the upper body and cervical spine and the application of exercise rehabilitation within compensable systems.
New proposed units commencing 2021 - EXSS5202 Clinical Practice 2 & EXSS5203 Clinical Practice 3
Elective units
HSBH5001 Sydney Health Students Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Dylke Session: Intensive December,Intensive June Classes: Online pre-departure lectures and briefing session, half day debriefing session Assessment: Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (30%), and report (40%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students interested in participating must obtain permission from their course director before enrolling in FHS Abroad.
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate project management skills, cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.
New proposed units commencing 2021 - EXSS5204 Experience in Exercise Physiology

Capstone (2021)

New proposed unit commencing 2021 - EXSS5201 Exercise in Chronic and Complex Cases