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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with both knowledge and practical skills in health and fitness assessment (including the identification and modification of health risk factors). In addition, topics covered include exercise prescription and nutrition advice for enhancing overall health, fitness and weight control.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) assess and measure health and fitness parameters; (2) counsel subjects on major lifestyle health issues; and (3) design and implement health and fitness programs.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments (health and fitness testing of a peer and an older adult); (2) a report on the reliability and validity of physiological measurement (blood pressure) - 10%; and (3) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Daniel Green and Dr Andrew Haynes
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-SEHDM Sport Science, Exercise and Health
or MNR-PAHLT Physical Activity and Health
or MJD-EXHSC Exercise and Health
and Successful completion of
Unit(s) SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology

Enrolment in
CM017 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Public Health
or 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 CM023 Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching - Secondary

Enrolment in
73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Enrolment in
SSEH2201 Exercise Prescription and Delivery
Advisable prior study
for pre-2012 courses: SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology (formerly HMES2260 Exercise Physiology)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week plus fitness testing

Recommended: ESSA's Student Manual for Exercise Prescrioption, Delivery and Adherence. Coombes, Burton and Beckman.

Recommended: ESSA's Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment. Coombes and Skinner.  2nd Edition.  

Complulsory: SSEH3301 Laboratoy Manual

  • 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.