Course Title: Exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic and Complex Conditions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic and Complex Conditions

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Joshua Denham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6525

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.053

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course introduces basic knowledge and understanding of how exercise can be used as a therapeutic modality for treating people with chronic or complex conditions, such as chronic musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions, respiratory disease, risk factors for cardiovascular disease along with cardiovascular disease.

Laboratory sessions will allow you to practice concepts taught in lectures and apply theoretical knowledge to a range of conditions through the use of case studies and working with and prescribing exercise to fellow students. The group assignment and presentation will allow students to apply their theoretical knowledge to a specific health condition and have their presentation and prescription instructional skills assessed.

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).
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3).
  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  • 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).
  • Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession (PLO 8).

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

  1. Correctly identify the exercise needs of individuals with chronic or complex health conditions.
  2. Use scientific and medical equipment to monitor and assess exercise, before analysing and interpreting the information to independently generate conclusions.
  3. Evaluate the acute and chronic effects that exercise may have on a number of chronic and complex health conditions.
  4. Confidently deliver exercises suitable to each health condition and communicate the outcomes appropriately to a range of individuals.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to work within the scope of legal, ethical, and safe practice pertaining to exercise professionals. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in practical laboratory sessions, theory sessions, practical tasks and independent reading. Students will be strongly encouraged to practice skills in those areas where their ability to demonstrate skills needs improvement.

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Forty-two (42) hours for one semester comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and online activities, plus an additional 54 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: Risk assessment role play  

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5      

Assessment Task 2: Role play evaluation  

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5      

Assessment Task 3: Written report  

Weighting 20%        

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5      

Assessment Task 4: Oral presentation  

Weighting 10%        

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5      

Assessment Task 5: Practical competency test 

(Hurdle requirement. 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).  

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4     

Assessment Task 6: End of semester exam  

Weighting 50%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 5   

Practical competency test (as above) HURDLE REQUIREMENTS (you will need to complete these tasks to pass this course):

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