This course is required for 4th year Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology students to become accredited as Exercise Physiologists with ESSA. You will add to your knowledge of chronic conditions and will further develop skills in evidence-based practice for neurological and neuromuscular conditions, and mental health. You will focus on neurological/neuromuscular examination, clinical assessments for neurological and mental health clients, exercise management and multidisciplinary care for neurological and mental health clients in varied healthcare settings.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Blended learning activities included tutorials, case study analyses, simulated learning scenarios and guest speaker workshops. This workshop will run daily each morning of the intensive for 3 hours .||15hrs||Week 1||2 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Blended learning including simulated activities, case study skills, exercise assessments and programming for special population groups and workshops. This workshop will run daily for each day of the intensive in the afternoon. During some days, the student cohort may be split into 2 groups each afternoon dependent on the class size.||20hrs||Week 1||2 times|
400 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Explain the roles, skills and scope of practice of an exercise physiologist in neurological rehabilitation and mental health, with regard to multidisciplinary care, referral and discharge within the Australian health care system.||
|2||Apply knowledge of pathophysiology's, medical, surgical and allied health management of neurological and mental health conditions within the scope of practice of an exercise physiologist.||
|3||Apply clinical decision making to undertake physical examinations, clinical assessments and exercise management appropriate for neurological rehabilitation and exercise for mental health.||
Creative and critical thinker
|4||Demonstrate recognition of signs and symptoms of neurological and mental health conditions before, during and after exercise.||
|5||Identify contraindications to exercise for neurological rehabilitation and mental health and apply knowledge by taking appropriate action.||
|6||Apply scientific research and current clinical guidelines to clinical decision-making in neurological and mental health exercise physiology practice.||
Creative and critical thinker
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
SPX231 and SPX300 and SPX411 and enrolled in Program SC304 or SC346
It is assumed that you will build upon your knowledge of neuroscience and neural control gained in SPX231 Motor Control and Learning, your skills in musculoskeletal assessment gained in SPX411 Exercise in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, and your skills in clinical history taking, record keeping, physical examination, clinical assessment and evidence-based clinical decision-making gained in SPX300 Exercise Science Professional Practicum and SPX402 Exercise Physiology Professional Practicum.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Feedback in the first week of the intensive (Week 2 of session) can be given through self-paced online learning (quizzes and case-based questions involving clinical decision-making). This feedback can inform Task 1, the group Oral Examination.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||50%||
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Case Study Oral Examination|
Students must demonstrate understanding of the clinical history, consultation planning, physical examination skills, referral and diagnostic testing, neurological and mental health assessments within exercise physiology scope of practice, signs and symptom identification, and appropriate exercise prescription required for clinical decision-making to work with a neurological or mental health client. Students must also demonstrate their ability to search the literature to support evidence-based practice.
The group is expected to divide the task between students, to allow equal contribution from all students. You may choose to have students "role play" the "exercise physiologist" and "client" to demonstrate physical assessments, exercises and stretches. You may also use some equipment provided by the examiner to demonstrate your exercise program. You may bring written summary notes into the examination room, to refer to during the exam. This exam will be conducted in the 2nd week of the intensive block. You will be provided with group feedback. A statement of equal contribution for all group members must be submitted to the Course Coordinator prior to the examination.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Written Examination|
To demonstrate critical knowledge of neurological and mental health pathophysiologies, signs, symptoms, medication effects and interactions and contraindications to exercise.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Individual written examination. To be conducted at the end of the 2nd week of the intensive block.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||American College of Sports Medicine,Moore, Geoffrey,Durstine, J. Larry,Painter, Patricia||2016||ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons With Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, 4E||4th||Human Kinetics|
|Required||Janet H. Carr,Roberta B. Shepherd||2010||Neurological Rehabilitation||2||Elsevier India|
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