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Clinical Exercise Practicum 2 CXA446


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.

Details of PEP compliance can be found at


This unit is the second in an advanced clinical exercise Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that progresses your real-world experience as a Student Exercise Physiologist. You will have further exposure to the assessment, prescription, and delivery of exercise to clinical clientele via a minimum of 140 hours of Professional Experience Placements (PEP). This will occur in the University of Tasmania Exercise Physiology 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 progress proficiency in communication and behaviour-change counselling techniques with clinical clientele; (2) to progress clinical reasoning skills, problem-solving and clinical decision-making skills with clinical clientele. (3) to progress practical screening, assessment and exercise prescription skills with clinical clientele; (4) To progress professional skills in collaborative practice, self-reflection, and self-direction

PEP Attendance Expectations:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the clinical exercise 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. Students may be required to travel for placement. University accommodation may be offered at no charge to the student, where a placement is significantly distant from student’s residence. Students will be placed as near to home location as much as 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 2
Unit code CXA446
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Ms Anne Hanley
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain clinical reasoning in the education, assessment, prescription and safe delivery of exercise for clients relevant to the practicum site attended
  • Critically reflect on your developing experience of being a Student Exercise Physiologist in assessing and delivering clinical exercise scientists.
  • Problem-solve clinical exercise situations. Explain 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 peers, clients from diverse backgrounds, carers, and a wide range of health professionals while on placement;
  • Practice in an ethical, collaborative, and reflective manner as a Student Exercise Physiologist in line with 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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CXA443 and CXA414 and CXA415 and CXA416


Teaching Pattern

2 hour Induction Lecture/Intensive session (week 1 only).

A minimum of 140 hours of competency-based practicum experience will be accrued during set practicum block time at placement site/s allocated by the College Professional Experience Placements (PEP) Team.

AssessmentPlacement (50%)|Presentation (50%)|Direct Observations of Clinical Encounters (DOCEs)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Clinical Exercise Practicum Student Guidelines and Logbook 2019 – available on MyLO


American College of Sports Medicine (2018). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. (10th Ed). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Myers, J.N., Herbert, W.G. & Humphrey, R. (2010) ACSM’s Resources for Clinical Exercise Physiology: Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Neoplastic, Immunologic, and Hematologic Conditions (2nd Ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Ehrman, J.K., Gordon, P.M., Visich, P.S. & Keteyian, S.J. (2003) Clinical Exercise Physiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Brukner, P. & Khan, K. (2017) Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine (5th Ed). McGraw-Hill: Sydney, Australia:

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