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SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Adv Exercise Program & Rehabil
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lisa Seiler


This course focuses on the design and delivery of high quality exercise programs to meet the health, fitness and/or sports performance and rehabilitation goals of clients. The course has a strong practical component that incorporates knowledge and skills gained from exercise testing, prescription, design and delivery. Evidence based research from various discipline areas will be drawn to outline best practice. The knowledge and skills developed during the delivery of this course is central to many professional roles within the sport and exercise area.


This course will provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a client specific exercise program either in-person or remotely in individual and group sessions to meet their specific goals and needs. The course outlines and provides practical experiences in how to deliver an exercise program for apparently healthy clients and those with pathology or injury that has been prescribed by an appropriately qualified health professional. The delivery of exercise programs for clients for groups and clients across the lifespan, including those with special needs will also be outlined.

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. Utilise knowledge of evidence based exercise programs to address the needs of a wide range of groups within the population
  2. Apply a range of high level knowledge and skills, relevant to specific disciplines, to design and evaluate quality exercise programs to meet specific goals of clients.
  3. Display a range of skills and knowledge to ensure that exercise programs are planned and conducted in an effective, safe and professional manner.
  4. Apply the practical knowledge and skills required to meet the implementation requirements of an effective exercise program, including the ability to monitor, evaluate and modify exercise programs where necessary for referral to other allied health or medical professionals.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Programming and delivery: Review of nature of exercise and the body – the different types of bodies. Exercise testing methods and processes. Exercise prescription and programming principles. Use of equipment. Safety and risk management. Review of research and programs. 20.00
2. Exercise programs and rehabilitation programs: Roles, duties and responsibilities. Core body strength. Body composition. Posture - neuro-muscular centres and muscle groups. Motor control and learning. Sports performance programs - injury prevention and rehabilitation. Exercise programs for special conditions, for example, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, ABI. Special groups and needs: gender, age-related (fall recovery in the elderly). Programs for rehabilitation of specific body parts. Special considerations in rehabilitation. 30.00
3. Practical aspects of exercise programming: Sport and special populations. Types of programs and methods – endurance and resistance training. Clinical and field contexts. Issues in programming. Programs for sports performance, health and fitness and for particular circumstances – children, chronic conditions such as cancer, obesity, etc. 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Gibson, A. L., Wagner, D. R., and Heyward, V. H., (2019), Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 8th edn, Human Kinetics.

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, EO & Starks, MA 2011, Exercise testing and prescription lab manual, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
American College of Sports Medicine 2018, ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Kaminsky, LA 2017, ACSM's Health-related physical fitness assessment manual, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Swain, DP & Leutholtz, BC 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 50.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 18.00
Lectures 12.00
Online Lectures 8.00
Private Study 67.00
Tutorials 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 20 10 20 Apr 2021 1,2 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 30 20 13 May 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 2)
Practical Exam 40 29 20 May 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 3)
Lab/Res School Attend/Part 1 1 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 4)
Open Examination - Online 80 40 End S1 1,2,3,4 (see note 5)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment will be scheduled.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  3. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled.
  4. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. Students must attend 80% of residential school sessions. 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.
  5. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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, 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the assignments and practical exam assessment items a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available for each item. To satisfactorily complete practical / laboratory requirements a student must attend a minimum of 80% of the practical classes throughout the semester. To satisfactorily complete the exam 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 (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 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 (i.e. the Primary Hurdle). Students must also attend 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester (Proficiency).

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    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 (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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    A RESTRICTED 2 hour exam will consist of multiple choice, short and long answer questions covering all the material. 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 translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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

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
  • 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.

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 18 June 2021