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SES4203 Clinical Exercise Physiology for Special Populations

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: CEP for Special Populations
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


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: SES3130 and SES3231 and SES3202 and SES4101 and SES4102 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BSEH


This course will explore the pathophysiology, treatment, and clinical exercise interventions for a range of special populations. Special populations include people with chronic clinical conditions, multi-trauma, or complex co-morbidities, people with disabilities, individuals from different races, cultures, and minority groups, as well as children and the elderly. The course will build upon knowledge and practical skills established in earlier courses including SES3101, SES3231 and SES4101 to develop clinical knowledge and skills taught and assessed during this course that are requirements of the professional accreditation set down by the professional body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, as standards for an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


The purpose of this course is for students to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills important for physiology and functional movement assessment, monitoring, and prescription of exercise for people with chronic clinical conditions, multi-trauma, or complex co-morbidities, people with disabilities, individuals from different races, cultures, and minority groups, as well as children and the elderly. Evidence-based clinical practice will be modeled and applied.

This course contains a mandatory residential school at the Ipswich campus for external students and mandatory on-campus practical sessions for on-campus students.


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

  1. Describe and analyse the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of various special populations.
  2. Identify and justify the role of exercise intervention as part of an overall lifestyle modification in modifying physiological and pathophysiological processes in special need individuals.
  3. Assess, design, prescribe and implement appropriately exercise capacity in special populations.
  4. Interpret and evaluate the impact of exercise intervention prescription and the effect of medications on exercise intervention capacity in special need individuals.
  5. Investigate and apply relevant research in clinical exercise physiology practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Working across cultures, races, languages, abilities. Skills for working with carers, interpreters, and cultural liaison staff. 15.00
2. The biomedical pain classification and pathophysiology of persistent pain. Prevalent theories and tools to manage pain. Exercise intervention strategies. 10.00
3. Knowledge, risk and considerations when working with clients with chronic clinical conditions, complex co-morbidities, multiple traumas, spinal cord injuries or disabilities. Exercise interventions for complex condition management, rehabilitation, and lifestyle / disease risk modification. 60.00
4. Review exercise assessment, intervention, and management for children, pregnant women, and the elderly. 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.
Reference materials will be made available to students via Study Desk. These reference materials, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the course content and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Online Tutorials or Workshops 36.00
Private Study 45.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Online Quizzes 20 25 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Practical Test 20 25 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
Exam 100 50 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Due dates will be advised by course examiner at beginning of semester.
  2. Due dates will be advised by course examiner at beginning of semester.
  3. This will be a Restricted Examination. The total working time for the examination 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 practical sessions. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the practical test and online quiz assessment items a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. To satisfactorily complete the exam a student must achieve at least 40% 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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), i.e. the practical test 1 by achieving at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item, and must 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.

  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:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    a. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    b. calculators which cannot hold textual information
    c. Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    d. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation 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

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.

  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 21 hours of necessary practical work over a three day time period to successfully complete the course.

  4. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (