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SES4202 Clinical Case Studies

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Clinical Case Studies
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


Examiner: Lainie Cameron


This course is designed to bring together all practical and theoretical material addressed during university teaching or during clinical placement for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Honours) (Clinical Exercise Physiology). Students’ skills in assessing individual case studies then designing appropriate clinical assessment, exercise intervention programs, and risk management will be enhanced in this course. Students will also have opportunity to explore and undertake applied clinical research or program audit.


This course provides the students a final opportunity to address clinical case study assessment. Students will engage in advanced case study assessment involving: clinical assessment design, exercise intervention strategies dependent on clinical assessment outcomes, advanced report writing, clinical medical and allied health collaborative report writing, risk management, program audit, and the application of clinical research. This course will focus on a collegial professional-level engagement with the students to develop students' ability to self-analyse the rationale behind their clinical skills (clinical decision-making processes and report writing structure).


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

  1. Analyse clinical case studies and outline appropriate advanced level functional movement and physiological testing to achieve a clear assessment of the clients’ health status and exercise ability based on best practice research.
  2. Create exercise intervention programs based on sound functional movement and physiological testing.
  3. Re-evaluate clinical assessment methods and exercise interventions to improve risk management based on best practice research.
  4. Design and evaluate clinical notes and report writing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical case studies analysis using best practice research. Appropriate advanced functional movement and physiological tests and procedures. 15.00
2. Designing advanced exercise intervention programs using best practice research. 30.00
3. Clinical evaluation of assessment and exercise intervention programs in sole practitioner and multiple discipline practices. 40.00
4. Advanced risk management throughout the clients’ intervention process. 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). (

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Coombes, J. & Skinner, T 2014, ESSA’s student manual for health, exercise and sport assessment, Elsevier.
Marlow, N., Hastings, K. & Hansson, J 2014, Exercise and Sports Science Australia’s outcomes measures for exercise physiologists: Ensuring evidence-based practice, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Brisbane, QLD.

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.
Brody, L. & Hall, C 2018, Therapeutic exercise: Moving toward function, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
Houglum, P 2010, Therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal injuries, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Oatis, C 2017, Kinesiology: The mechanics and pathomechanics of human movement, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
Rose, D 2010, Fallproof: A comprehensive balance and mobility training program, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 9th edn, 2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
ACSM’s resource manual for guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 7th edn, 2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Online Engagement 12.00
Online Tutorials or Workshops 24.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 40 20 08 Aug 2019
Assignment 2 40 20 19 Sep 2019
Presentation 60 60 24 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, attendance at workshops is strongly encouraged. It is the students’ responsibility 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (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 achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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. This guide can be found at

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 Clinical Exercise Physiology program and is benchmarked against the
o 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.
o professional accreditation standards of the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, National University Course Accreditation Program, clinical exercise physiology.

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

  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.