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Exercise Physiology Practicum (EXS570)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: TS13-placement
Description Students will develop their 'hands on' training and experience within this unit. This unit will enable students to work alongside health professionals and, in particular, ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologists. This unit will enable the student to see the transfer of knowledge from the classroom into the workplace, with the specific emphasis being on the delivery of exercise to clinical populations. This unit is a year-long practicum unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate professional and safe behaviour
2. Demonstrate effective communication skills
3. Demonstrate a set level of competence during each practicum placement
4. Critically self-evaluate practicum performance and develop strategies to improve performance over the course of each practicum placement
5. Demonstrate a required level of competence for Exercise Physiology in the area of exercise delivery for clinical clients
6. Demonstrate an understanding of an interdisciplinary approach to exercise delivery to clinical clients
7. Demonstrate sound oral communication and client communication skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Students must complete a minimum of 360 hours in a clinical setting in accordance with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) requirements. This will be arranged in consultation with the Unit Coordinator.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach in this unit is driven through self-centred learning. Students conduct a significant number of hours and are then required to document and log these hours. Throughout the year, students will need to demonstrate advanced cognitive, practical and communication skills. Since this is a clinical-practicum unit, students will need to demonstrate the capacity to adapt knowledge and application across a range of environments. This learning and application will be guided through close supervision in a clinical setting, as well as feedback on logbooks and documented evidence.
Assessment To successfully complete the unit, students are required to complete, by the published due-date, the following:
(i) Competent completion of practicum hours in each category (Neuromuscular/musculoskeletal; Metabolic/Cardiopulmonary; Other). This will be identified through contact with the placement supervisor and completion of the final log-book.
(ii) Completion of all log-books.
(iii) 25% and final self-evaluation; within each placement experience
(iv) A grade of competent for the clinical assessments conducted within the unit (two times per year; see unit guide for dates)
(v) Completion and attainment of: Senior First Aid certificate; Murdoch University OHS online unit
Prerequisites CHI208/EXS208/EXS203 Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment, CHI318/EXS318/EXS303 Exercise Programming and Prescription, CHI227/EXS227/EXS302 Exercise Physiology, CHI328/EXS328/EXS306 Physical Assessment and Rehabilitation, CHI330/EXS330/EXS305 Advanced Skills and Motor Control, CHI390/EXS390/EXS309 Exercise Science Practicum.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI570 Exercise Physiology Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2013: CHI570
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Timothy Fairchild
Associate Professor in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2959
e: T.Fairchild@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.017 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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