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Unit Overview


Central to a successful career in sport and exercise science is the ability to prescribe and deliver safe and effective exercise programs to meet the specific health, fitness and performance needs of distinct populations. This unit introduces students to evidence-based methods of exercise screening, testing, prescription and delivery for apparently healthy individuals, along with considerations including aging and pregnancy. Students will gain an understanding of the frameworks for designing effective exercise programs, the utilisation of different training techniques and nutritional approaches designed to meet their clients' needs. This unit will provide opportunities for students to develop skills and prepare for their practicum placements.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Exercise and Health; Sport Science; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences

Students are able to (1) conduct appropriate health screening and risk stratification assessments to promote safe participation in an exercise program; (2) select and administer exercise tests to effectively evaluate current health, fitness and/or performance in apparently healthy individuals; (3) design, implement and evaluate exercise programs to meet the specific health, fitness and/or sports performance goals of apparently healthy individuals; and (4) assess and adapt exercise programs to meet the specific needs and limitations of different populations of apparently healthy individuals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) competency assessment; (2) practical worksheet/assignment; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the competency assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-SEHDM Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or MJD-SPTSC Sport Science
or MJD-EXHSC Exercise and Health
and Successful completion of
Unit(s) SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
and Unit(s) SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health

Enrolment in
CM018 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or CM019 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Applied Human Performance Science
or CM017 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Public Health
or 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Successful completion of
Unit(s) SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
Contact hours
90 mins of Lecture/week and 2 hours of practical/workshop per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.