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SES8007 Advanced Exercise Assessment and Delivery

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Adv Exrcse Assess & Delvry
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: Dean Mills


This course aims to provide knowledge and skills in relation to the type, care and use of health and exercise assessment equipment. Furthermore, the course will focus on exercise program delivery either in-person or remotely and draws knowledge and skills from a range of sport and exercise disciplines. The course allows students to develop the required mastery that they need to be successful professionals in sport and exercise related fields. The ability to be able to complete assessments of individuals and to combine this with theoretical knowledge to develop and monitor effective programs for a range of individuals is central to this course. The course will use as an initial focus the apparently healthy population. The course also addresses specific physical activities and individuals in selected special populations to meet their health, fitness and performance needs and goals. Students will be provided with a clear understanding of their professional responsibilities in ensuring safe practice and appreciate the need to work with the appropriately qualified health professionals.


This course assists with the developments of advanced knowledge and skills, required to plan and implement exercise programs for an apparently healthy population. Content will be extended to include individuals within selected special populations such as those with chronic illness and/or disability and for the elderly. Exercise prescription principles will be outlined and evidence based training methods to improve health and performance related to components of physical fitness and wellbeing (physical function and capacity) will be explored. Exercise programs will be outlined and the opportunity provided to develop practical skills in leading and supervising activities in a range of exercise environments. Research data relevant to latest developments and trends will be investigated. Risk assessment and safety aspects will be outlined.

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


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 critique why various exercise types confer health and wellbeing, fitness or performance benefits for the apparently healthy individual.
  2. Clearly explain and evaluate 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:
    a. current, best-practice guidelines for performing exercise within various populations.
    b. the exercise tolerance, physical function and capacity, and motivation level of the client.
  4. Synthesise, integrate and critique related knowledge and skills in exercise prescription with other study areas of exercise science and including health science.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Review of assessment – 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 and review of benefits and special aspects associated with various training programs (e.g., endurance). 30.00
2. 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. 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. 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

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Coombes, J. & Skinner, T 2014, ESSA’s student manual for health, exercise and sport assessment, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.
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, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 49.00
Tutorials or Practical Classes 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 40 40 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
Res School/Lab Attend & Partic 1 1 16 Jul 2019 (see note 3)
Examination 39 39 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. The due date of the item will be during the residential school scheduled for external students and will be confirmed on the StudyDesk.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. The due date of the item will be during the residential school scheduled for external students and will be confirmed on the StudyDesk.
  3. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.
  4. This will be a restricted exam. 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 laboratories or practical classes. 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 the mandatory residential school or practical classes students must attend and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the assessment item. To complete the remaining assessment items satisfactorily students 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 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. attendance at the mandatory residential school or practical classes by achieving a mark of 1 out of 1 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 assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    A Restricted 2 hour exam.
    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:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information
    3. unmarked non electronic English language dictionary (but not technical dictionary)

  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. 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

  6. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

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

  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 expected to attend a residential school to completed practical aspects related to the course. Students will be notified of the dates and residential schools will be conducted at the Toowoomba and/or Ipswich campuses. This will involve 20hours of necessary practical work over a two and a half day time period to successfully complete the course.