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Unit Overview


This unit covers the pathophysiological basis of cardiac disease as well as the diagnosis, medical and interventional treatment of cardiac disease. The unit also revises the role of exercise in the prevention of cardiac diseases. The effects of exercise training on physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms are covered, as is the safety of exercise in high-risk individuals, contradictions and risk assessment, and stratification, diagnostic, prognostic and prescriptive interpretation of exercise test results, and design and supervision of exercise programs.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the pathological basis for major cardiac diseases (myocardial infarction, heart failure); (2) understand aspects of the incidence, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of major cardiac diseases and demonstrate knowledge of the effects of acute and chronic exercise on physiological responses and pathophysiological processes in patients with cardiovascular diseases; (3) screen, assess and stratify patients with cardiovascular disease according to their risk of performing exercise and perform, under medical supervision, the various exercise stress tests utilised and know what signs and symptoms indicate that a test must be terminated; and (4) design, prescribe and implement appropriate exercise programs for patients with cardiac diseases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) patient assessments ; and (3) objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). 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 objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Louise Naylor
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or CM018 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology prior approval
Advisable prior study
knowledge of exercise physiology in healthy populations is essential
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 2 hours per week (online)
Seminars: 1 x 2hours every fortnight
Labs: 2 x 2 hours in weeks 1, 6 and 12
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  • 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.