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Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment (EXS203)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit teaches students to perform pre-participation screening, risk appraisal, exercise and performance assessments. Advantages and limitations of various health and fitness assessments will be discussed, together with factors that can influence results. Students will learn how to select and perform appropriate tests for special groups such as athletes, children, older adults and individuals with health conditions. Physiological tests to determine components of fitness such as muscular strength, endurance, power, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition will be performed.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Competently and safely conduct a health and exercise evaluation, assess physical activity status, perform common sport related assessments and interoperate the results and communicate the findings based on best practice guidelines
2. Identify and describe the limitations, contraindications or considerations that may require the modification of assessments and make appropriate adjustments for relevant populations
3. Integrate knowledge of and skills in health, exercise and sport assessment with other study areas of exercise science
4. Design basic population interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours; laboratories/workshops: 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences As a student you are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures as this is where the principles of Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment are presented and it is where you have the opportunity ask questions and join in discussions relating to Exercise and Health. The laboratories are where you will put your newly acquired knowledge into practice through performing numerous assessments for health and fitness. The prescribed texts are useful for self-directed study in terms of preparation for the week's activities and reflection at the conclusion of the week.
Assessment Mid-Semester Theory Assessment, End of Semester Theory Assessment
Health Assessment Report
End of Semester Laboratory Assessment
The specific weighting and further information regarding these assessments is provided in the EXS203 Unit Guide. Further information can also be sought from the Unit Coordinator.
Prerequisites EXS124 Introduction to Sports Science.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EXS208/CHI208 Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Health Education Minor Teaching Area
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
Dr Brad Wall
Senior Lecturer (Sports Science)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6759
e: Brad.Wall@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.027 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Brad Wall
Senior Lecturer (Sports Science)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6759
e: Brad.Wall@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.027 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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