Course Title: Exercise Prescription and Programming

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exercise Prescription and Programming

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Isaac Selva Raj

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7037

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.051

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS) 



Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check


There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

The course will provide you with the opportunity to undertake risk stratification and identify appropriate scenarios to prescribe exercise and when to refer individuals to other health providers. It will allow you to apply exercise physiology principles to the development of individualised exercise programs for healthy individuals, athletes, and those with recognised health problems. You will also learn and experience the importance of appropriate communication both with clients and other health providers. Input from experts in various areas of exercise prescription will add to the content of the course.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services (ELS) for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.
At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the WIL/clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science):

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  • Utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients (PLO 2).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3).
  • Assess exercise clients using valid and reliable methods, and generate reports in an appropriate format (PLO 5).
  • Identify exercise needs of a person/team and design appropriate exercise interventions (PLO6).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO 7).

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

  1. Critique relevant literature and apply relevant exercise physiology principles to successfully develop and safely implement an individualised exercise program.
  2. Compare fitness test protocols and exercise program methods and choose appropriate tests and methods for individuals.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of particular exercise prescriptions on health and fitness variables.
  4. Clarify the roles other health practitioners might have in treating the client and develop appropriate interdisciplinary communication skills.
  5. Successfully determine body composition using skinfold measures, girth measures and BMI.
  6. Successfully conduct submaximal aerobic exercise evaluations and upper/lower body muscle strength evaluations. Upon completion, categorise according to established norms.
  7. Successfully write an exercise prescription for apparently healthy and low-risk individuals for:
  • (i) loss of excessive body fat
  • (ii) increasing endurance exercise capacity
  • (iii) increasing muscular strength.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, practical & online experiences, directed readings and on line material are the primary student learning experiences.

Forty-eight (48) hours for one semester comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and online activities, plus an additional 48 hours of learner-directed study, including preparation of and for assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes, prescribed readings, and access to key sites on the internet will be supplied via the myRMIT system. It will be to the student’s advantage to access and review lecture notes and related materials prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Online Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Field Report

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: HURDLE REQUIREMENTS (you will need to complete these tasks to pass this course):

  1. The successful completion of 80 hours of professional placement in an Exercise Assessment, Prescription and Delivery setting is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of this course.  The 80 hours must be completed by either: (i) the Friday of week 12 for those assigned a placement that commences during or before semester one; or (ii) the placement end date. Failure to complete all 80 hours by the specified date will result in a fail grade being registered unless special consideration is approved and you meet the approved special consideration requirements.
  2. The completion and submission of Mid-Placement Student Competency Appraisal (where a minimum rating of 'satisfactory' in all criteria is required) and Mid-Placement Student Satisfaction form. These documents must be submitted within one week of completing 40 hours of placement.
  3. The successful completion and submission of your ESSA Student Record of Engagement (according to the ESSA guidelines) and End-Placement Student Performance Appraisal to a satisfactory standard (where a minimum rating of 4 out of 5 in overall erformance is required) is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of this course. These documents must be submitted by either: (i) the Friday of week 12 for those assigned a placement that commences during or before semester one; or (ii) two weeks after the placement end date. Failure to submit the logbook by the specified date will result in a fail grade being registered unless special consideration is approved and you meet the approved special consideration requirements.
  4. Practical competency tests (any student failing the competency test at the first attempt will be provided with a second opportunity to pass the competency test. A second failure will result in a failure of the course).
  5.  In order to pass the course, you are required to attend and actively participate in all of 80% of laboratory practical sessions. If you fail to attend the sessions for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, additional sessions will not be provided by the course. If granted Special Consideration, you will become eligible to complete supplementary sessions to meet the hurdle requirement. If you arrive after the class has commenced or leave before the class finishes, you will be marked as having arrived late or left early. You will be provided with one warning, and for each subsequent instance this behaviour will be marked as an absence.

Assessment Task 4: Final Exam

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4