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SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Josh Denham


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Literature review No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Planning document No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Practical Objtv Strctrd Clncl Exm (OSCE) No 30 1,2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 10 February 2023