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SES3101 Exercise Prescription and Practice

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Exercise Prescription & Prac
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Lisa Seiler

Requisites

Pre-requisite: BIO1206

Rationale

This exercise prescription and practice course includes a strong practical focus. Students will draw on knowledge and skills from associated disciplines to intensively focus on designing, and modifying (as necessary), safe, appropriate and effective exercise programs, based on best practice. This course will allow students to develop the required mastery that they need to be successful professionals in sport and exercise related fields. Students will combine theory with practical assessments of individuals to develop and monitor effective programs for a range of individuals The course will use as an initial focus the apparently healthy population but it will also cover specific physical activities and individuals in selected special populations to meet their health, fitness and performance needs and goals. Students will work independently and as a member of a team to develop expertise and satisfy the needs of clients within this course.

Synopsis

This course will enable students to develop knowledge and skills required to plan and implement exercise programs for an apparently healthy population and for individuals within selected special populations (such as those with chronic illness and/or disability and for the aged). Exercise prescription principles will be examined in conjunction with evidence based training methods to improve health and performance related to components of physical fitness and wellbeing (including the components of physical function and capacity). Principles of exercise program development will be considered to enable students to develop practical skills in relation to the design and delivery of exercise activities to a range of individuals and groups in diverse exercise settings. The course will take an evidence based approach to exercise prescription and practice to support contemporary exercise methodology including risk assessment and safety considerations for diverse exercise settings.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate best practice principles for designing exercise programs and explain and justify why various exercise types confer health and wellbeing, fitness or performance benefits for the apparently healthy individual.
  2. Clearly explain and evaluate in the risks of performing exercise and describe appropriate strategies to address these risks.
  3. Investigate and formulate research based exercise programs that meet the needs of clients, in consideration of current, best-practice guidelines for performing exercise within various populations.
  4. Develop and administer evidence based exercise programs in accordance with the exercise tolerance, physical function and capacity, and motivation level of the client.
  5. Synthesise and integrate related knowledge and skills in exercise prescription with other study areas of exercise science and including health science.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of exercise prescription and practice: Review of testing - athletes and other groups. Principles and guidelines for designing exercise programs - includes exercise environments (range of settings) and types and physical function and capacity (cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular abilities) for healthy and selected special populations. Periodisation. Review of benefits and special aspects associated with various training programs (e.g., endurance). 30.00
2. Exercise program risk assessment and safety aspects: Individual needs and abilities and strategies to address risk (for example, aged and falls). Issues such as mobility and flexibility. Correction of techniques and deficiencies (e.g., lack of muscle balance of core strength). Exercise needs and specific sports programs (e.g., endurance training and resistance training emphasis). Recovery. 15.00
3. Design of research based exercise programs: Health and fitness assessments and exercise prescription. Elite athletes, general population and special populations. Exercise tolerance, physical function and capacity, and motivation. Practical skills in design, application, conduct, monitoring and reporting of exercise programs to clients ? includes ability to communicate to individual and group clients. 40.00
4. Exercise prescription and practice and other discipline areas: Nutrition, body mechanics, exercise physiology etc. Health benefits of exercise research for different groups. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=SES3101)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Nieman, D 2010, Exercise testing and prescription, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill Education, NY.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Acevedo, E.O. & Starks, M.A 2011, Exercise testing and prescription lab manual, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Griffin, J.C 2015, Client-centered exercise prescription, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Heyward, V.H 2014, Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 7th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Kaminsky, L.A 2017, ACSM's Health-related physical fitness assessment manual, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Pescatello, L.S. & American College of Sports Medicine 2017, ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Swain, D.P. & Leutholtz, B.C 2007, Exercise prescription: a case study approach to the ACSM guidelines, 2007, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 54.00
Lectures 24.00
Practical Classes 20.00
Private Study 53.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 20 30 23 May 2019 (see note 1)
Practical Exam 40 29 31 May 2019 (see note 2)
Res Sch/ Prac Attend and Part 1 1 21 Jun 2019 (see note 3)
EXAMINATION 40 40 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

Notes
  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  3. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester.

Examination
Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multiple Choice) 10 10 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Written) 30 30 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a Restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a Restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students enrolled in this course via on campus delivery are required to attend a minimum of 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester. External students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of residential school sessions during the designated residential school period.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 1 a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 2 a student must attend a minimum of 80% of practical classes throughout the semester. To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 3 a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 4 a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 5 a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item. Students must also attend 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester (Proficiency).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. non-programmable scientific or graphics calculator(s) which cannot communicate with any other devices (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination);
    3. English language (but not technical) dictionary (unmarked and non-electronic). Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  2. professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be required to attend a residential school at the Ipswich campus to completed practical aspects related to the course. Students can locate the dates and residential schools via the University website. This will involve 20 hours of necessary practical work over a three day time period to successfully complete the course.