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PHSE312 Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise

A study of the process of prescribing physical activity and/or exercise for all sectors of the population.

This paper focuses on the fundamentals of exercise prescription and the prescription process. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge base and reasoning skills in areas that relate to encouraging and supporting habitual physical activity.

Paper title Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise
Paper code PHSE312
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 202 and PHSE 203
Suitable for students interested in the process and fundamentals of developing exercise programmes.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Phil Handcock
Paper Structure
Topics covered in this paper include:
  • Exercise responses and risk
  • Screening profiling and stratifying risk
  • Measurement, assessment and evaluation
  • Aerobic, anthropometric and musculoskeletal assessments
  • Principles of exercise
  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Resistance training
  • Stretching and flexibility development
  • Exercise trends
  • Professional responsibilities
Teaching Arrangements
This paper uses lectures, laboratories, laboratory assignments and practical sessions as part of the formal teaching arrangements. Students will be expected to engage in a range of self-directed learning activities.
Readings and supplementary material are provided on Blackboard or through the University Library. There is no set textbook, though recommended texts will be discussed in class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Life-long learning.
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Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this paper students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop exercise programmes that are effective, safe and meaningful
  • Develop a personal philosophy of practice applicable to a range of exercise prescription settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to design an exercise programme that considers the needs, preferences, capabilities and safety of the client
  • Establish the ability to apply the breadth of "Physical Education" knowledge to resolve exercise prescription challenges and make safe and appropriate decisions
  • Be capable of contemplating and critiquing the broad domain of exercise prescription

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38
P2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38
P3 Thursday 14:00-15:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38
P4 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
P5 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
P6 Thursday 14:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39