Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


The unit focuses on the knowledge, skills and clinical evidence around the design, development and delivery of therapeutic interventions for clients with chronic and/or complex conditions related to brain and behaviours. Topics covered including common and severe mental illness, chronic/persistent pain and dementia.

It includes fundamental patho-physiology, through to assessments of function and health and therapeutic interventions with a focus on exercise and lifestyle interventions (aligned with allied health professionals).

The unit will be assessed using a combination of blended learning assessment and feedback, incorporating theoretical and practical elements, problem- based learning, case study analysis, and simulated learning modes.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the pathological and pathophysiological basis of target pathologies or presentations; (2) demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based treatment, rehabilitation or therapeutic practice for target pathologies; (3) apply knowledge related to design and implementation of therapeutic programs or interventions; (4) apply knowledge related to clinical assessment of patients with target pathologies/presentations; and (5) apply knowledge related to interpretation of clinical data.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory exam and (2) clinical knowledge assessments. 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 theory exam component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bonnie Furzer
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
Advisable prior study
SSEH5646 Chronic and Complex Conditions 1
Contact hours
This unit is delivered in a blocked, structure based on alignment with Postgraduate and MCEP course requirements.

Week 1= face-to-face teaching on campus (multiple sessions)

Week 2 - 11 = asynchronous online learning modules (e.g., self-paced learning) via LMS
face-to-face workshops on campus (see unit Syllabus)
and unit assessment items

Week 12 = face-to-face teaching on campus (multiple sessions)

Exams = online exam administered via LMS.
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