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Clinical Exercise Practicum 1 CXA443


Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies.  Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available.  To be eligible to undertake PEP all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements.

Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP days MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.

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This unit is the first in an advanced clinical exercise Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that prepares you for real-world experience as a Student Exercise Physiologist. You will have graded exposure to the assessment, prescription, and delivery of exercise to clinical clientele via the accumulation of minimum 140 hours of practical experience through progressive placements starting with observation work and moving to leadership work. Professional Experience Placements (PEP) will occur in the UTAS Exercise Clinic and in University-approved WIL partner agencies, where you will be guided in your clinical education by appropriately qualified University, and agency supervisors. This unit provides an opportunity to develop and extend clinical decision making and communication skills through supervised WIL placements and to develop an understanding of professional practice requirements for an industry environment.
Unit objectives are:
(1) to develop proficiency in communication and behaviour-change counselling techniques with clinical clientele;
(2) to develop clinical reasoning skills, problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills with clinical clientele.
(3) to develop practical screening, assessment and exercise prescription skills with clinical clientele;
(4) To develop professional skills in collaborative practice, self-reflection, and self-direction.

PEP Attendance Expectations:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the clinical learning environment. They must strive to maintain steady progress within the unit, comply with workload expectations, and submit required work on time.

Students are required to attend placement blocks as allocated in accordance with the Agencies’ preferences listed in InPlace. Students may be required to travel state wide for placement. University accommodation may be offered at no charge to the student, where a placement is in a rural location. Students will be placed as near to their residence as is practicable, but this cannot be guaranteed. Other university commitments have been scheduled to allow time to attend placement blocks. Students must make the necessary arrangements (eg. with paid work, sporting, home or other life commitments) to ensure they are free and able to attend allocated placements. Unexplained absence from a scheduled placement is a breach of professional and PEP conduct and severe breaches can have implications for passing the Unit as per the SHS PEP Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct.


Unit name Clinical Exercise Practicum 1
Unit code CXA443
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Sibella Hardcastle
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply clinical reasoning and reflective practice in the education, assessment, prescription and safe delivery of exercise for clients with a broad range of pathologies.
  • Critically reflect on the practice of being a Student Exercise Physiologist in developing and delivering safe, effective clinical exercise services based on appropriate assessments.
  • Problem-solve situations or conditions where an approach needs modification. Know when and how to educate, reassess, modify and progress exercise treatments, or cease treatment and refer on, as required.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in written, verbal, and non-verbal forms with your supervisors, peers, clients from diverse backgrounds, carers, and a wide range of health professionals.
  • Practice in an ethical, collaborative, and reflective manner as a Student Exercise Physiologist in line with ESSA’s Scope of Practice, Graduate Attributes, and Professional Standards for Exercise Physiology.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
not applicable

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AssessmentMini-Clinical Examination Record/Exercise (mini-CEX) (50%)|Practicum/Clinical placement (50%)
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