Courses & Units

Exercise for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders CXA329


This unit is designed to meet ESSA accreditation criteria in Exercise Physiology in the cardiovascular and pulmonary domains. Students apply foundational knowledge of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, comorbidities and treatments, safety, risk and capacity monitoring considerations, to design and translate into practice, safe, evidence-based exercise interventions for clients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.


Unit name Exercise for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders
Unit code CXA329
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Williams
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the pathological and pathophysiological bases; diagnostic and prognostic procedures and indicators; common treatments; and indications and contraindications for exercise for cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.
  • Conduct clinical assessments relevant to client conditions and Accredited Exercise Physiologist scope of practice.
  • Appraise medications, surgical and medical treatments/complications, and clinical and safety risks and their implications on clinical status, exercise and functional capacity in the design and delivery of safe and effective exercise for clients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.
  • Identify and respond to changes in clinical status including adverse signs/symptoms and formulate appropriate clinical responses that include session modification or termination, first-aid and onward referral for clients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of Accredited Exercise Physiologists and other health professionals in the clinical management of clients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, and communicate professionally with clients and other health professionals.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



(CZZ101 or CXA172) and (CZZ102 or CXA173 or CXA273) and CXA212 and CXA233 and CXA234


Teaching Pattern

Workshops – 2 hours (weekly), Tutorial – 1 hour synchronous online (weekly)

AssessmentCase Study (30%)|Practical Examination (30%)|End of Semester Written Exam (40%)
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You will need the following text:
ACSM. Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 10th Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore. 2018


Skinner, JS. Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription for Special Cases: Theoretical Basis and Clinical Application. 3rd Edn. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2005.

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