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SES3202 Clinical Practice Skills 1

Semester 2, 2020 External
Short Description: Clinical Practice Skills 1
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: BIO1206 and SES2104 and SES2201 and SES2299 and SES3101


This is a clinical skills course for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Honours) (Clinical Exercise Physiology). Physiological and functional movement based assessment skills gained during the program will be extended to include clinical populations. The course will build upon knowledge and practical skills established in earlier courses including SES2104 and SES3201 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.


This course provides an introduction to the role and responsibilities of the clinical exercise physiology profession within the Australian healthcare system. This course will help develop the practical skills required by students when working with clinical clients and populations so they can provide expert exercise assessment and testing, prescription of exercise interventions, and monitoring of client progression throughout prescribed exercise. The course will requires interactive engagement for students to develop ability to self-analyse the rationale behind their clinical skills and clinical decision-making processes.

This course contains a mandatory residential school at the Ipswich campus 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. Explain and evaluated the role of the clinical exercise physiology profession in the Australian healthcare system.
  2. Conduct typical/common physiological and functional movement based testing protocols used for clinical populations.
  3. Plan, demonstrate and re-evaluate appropriate exercise interventions for clinical populations.
  4. Monitor, assess and adjust the progression of client exercise interventions.
  5. Recognise correct/incorrect techniques and modified these appropriately.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical exercise physiology practice in Australia, and roles for the exercise physiologist in the healthcare system. Examples of clinical exercise physiology in practice. 10.00
2. Clinical history taking, and decision making skills based on the clinical presentation. Clinical record keeping. 20.00
3. Physiological (e.g. electromyography, respiratory, submaximal and maximal exercise testing etc.), physical examination, and functional movement assessment (functional movement screen, posture, gait and general resistance training) for clinical populations. 45.00
4. Exercise management of clinical populations including case studies and risk factors. 25.00

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.
ACSM 2014, Resource manual for guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 7th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
ACSM 2018, guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
Brody, L. & Hall, C 2018, Therapeutic exercise: Moving towards function, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
Brukner, P., & Kahn, K 2017, Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill, Roseville, NSW.
Houlglum, P 2016, Therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal injuries, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Oates, C 2017, Kinesiology: The mechanics and pathomechanics of human movement, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD.
NB: An extensive range of resource materials will be made available to students via Study Desk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Online Tutorials or Workshops 36.00
Private Study 65.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Attendance Requirement 12 1 14 Jul 2020 (see note 1)
Online Quiz 1 19 19 07 Aug 2020
Online Quiz 2 20 20 14 Aug 2020
Assignment 40 20 08 Oct 2020
Practical Test 40 30 23 Oct 2020
Report 20 10 06 Nov 2020

  1. Attendance at practical classes / residential school is mandatory. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend at least 80% of the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend at least 80% of the mandatory on-campus practical classes. 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To satisfactorily complete assignment and report assessment items students much achieve 50% of the marks available for those items. To complete the practical examination satisfactorily students must achieve 50% of the marks available (and be deemed clinically competent). To complete the attendance requirements satisfactorily students must achieve 80% attendance rate for either weekly classes (practicals) for on-campus students or residential school for external students. To satisfactorily complete the written exam students must achieve 50% of the marks available for that assessment 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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 must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdles (Proficiency), i.e. the practical exam, by achieving 50% for that assessment item; attendance at the practical sessions (on-campus students) or residential school (external students) by achieving 80% 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    There is no examination in this course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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:
    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. Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    4. 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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. 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 24 hours of necessary practical work over a three day time period to successfully complete the course.

Date printed 6 November 2020