HLTH 2005 Exercise Prescription I

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401143

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School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HLTH 2003 AND
SPRT 2002

Equivalent Subjects HLTH 2006 - Exercise Prescription for General Populations

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4658 - Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of the principles of exercise prescription with particular emphasis on aerobic training, resistance training, and flexibility training methods
  2. Describe how ageing and physical inactivity impact upon health-related physical fitness and how exercise can be used to mitigate these effects
  3. Describe the absolute and relative contraindications to exercise participation and criteria to terminate fitness tests of all types
  4. Administer and interpret a range of pre-exercise health screening tools to determine the risk for an individual and appropriate action
  5. Select, calibrate, implement and interpret (and modify) standard health-related physical fitness tests for low risk individuals
  6. Design, supervise, and evaluate training programs in the primary areas of exercise prescription (outlined in unit content) for low risk clients

Subject Content

1. The health benefits and risks of exercise
2. Pre-exercise screening
3. Communication and behaviour change
4. General principles of exercise prescription and exercise program developm
a. aerobic training
b. flexibility training
c. high-intensity interval training
d. resistance training
e. circuit training and group-based exercise programming
5. Fundamentals of periodization
6. Exercise prescription across the lifespan
7. Exercise prescription for weight management
8. Resistance training prescription for children and adolescents
9. Exercise prescription during pregnancy
10. Alternative training methods, yoga
11. Design, implement, supervise and evaluate effective exercise prescriptions


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Final exam 2 hours 60 Y Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 30 N Group
Simulation Weekly 10 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM�fs guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. 11th ed.Philadelphia:Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health; 2022.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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