exs1efh exercise fitness and health




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will investigate the associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and lifestyle-related disease. You will become familiar with fundamental acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise across the lifespan. The subject will introduce you to the principles that surround health screening, exercise testing and exercise prescription.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Cousins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HBESB Bachelor of Exercise Science or HZESPB Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology or LBBSB Bachelor of Business (Sport Development and Management). All other students require Subject Coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription.RecommendedAmerican College of Sports Medicine 20139TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, PA.
ReadingsFitness professional's handbook.PrescribedHowley, E T & Thompson, D L 2012HUMAN KINETICS, CHAMPAIGN.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss relationships between sedentary behaviours, physical activity and lifestyle-related diseases.

Blended content: epidemiological supporting physical activity and exercise, impact of sedentary behaviour; Learning tasks: Interpretation of epidemiological research in this field.

02. Describe the benefits of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic metabolic conditions.

Blended content: aetiology of atherosclerosis, body composition and risk of chronic disease, dose-response relationships between physical activity and fitness with mortality and disease; Learning tasks: Interpretation of experimental research in this field.

03. Examine the fundamental cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise and the influence of maturation, growth and detraining on these responses.

Blended content: influence of physiology of growth, training, detraining, maturation on normal and abnormal responses of heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, arteriovenous oxygen difference, pulmonary ventilation, tidal volume, respiratory rate, oxygen uptake, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure; Practicals: assessments of acute responses to exercise, including: heart rate, rate of perceived exertion, arterial blood pressure, and oxygen uptake.

04. Employ health screening and risk assessment tools to risk stratify participants prior to exercise testing and prescription.

Blended content: use recognised tools identify known disease, signs of disease and cardiac risk factors. Identify exercise-related absolute and relative contraindications and requirement to refer participants; Practicals: health screening, risk assessment, absolute and relative contraindications to exercise.

05. Perform fundamental anthropometry and exercise testing, interpreting results from a health-related perspective.

Blended content: components of helath-related and exercise-related fitness and measurement, influence of prescribed drugs, anxiety and environment on test outcomes; Practicals: simple anthropometry and basic exercise testing, to include: body mass, stature, circumferences, body composition, exercise capacity/fitness, muscular strength/endurance, balance, flexibility.

06. Describe the basic principles of exercise prescription and apply these principles to exercise programs that implement a range of training methods.

Blended content: principles of training in relation to endurance, resistance, flexibility, interval and circuit training to include programme design (initial, improvement, maintenance, progression, periodisation, split routine, tapering), session design (warm-up, conditioning, cool-down, work-rest ratios) and quantification of overload (volume, frequency, intensity, mode, duration); Practicals: using the principles of training to implement safe and effective training methods and techniques, to include cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and power, flexibility, intervals, circuits.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. Merit based quota. Priority is given to students enrolled in HZESPB, HBESB or HBES for whom EXS1EFH is core, then to other students until the quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephen Cousins

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1-hour theory examination (1,000-words equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 05, 06
One online practicum report (2,000-words equivalent)4004, 05, 06
Three 20-minute online tests (1,000-words equivalent total)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06