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PHSE509 Cardiac Rehabilitation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Explores fundamentals of cardiac rehabilitation and clinical exercise physiology.

The paper will provide an overview of cardiac rehabilitation programmes, fundamentals of clinical exercise physiology, review of pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, insight into the multidisciplinary nature of cardiac rehabilitation and extensive theoretical experience in clinical exercise testing and designing exercise programmes for individuals with cardiovascular disease.

Paper title Cardiac Rehabilitation
Paper code PHSE509
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 311 and PHSE 315
PHSE 409
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Suitable for students interested in clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, exercise prescription, physical activity and health

Students will be able to enrol in PHSE 515 in the same semester.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission.
View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Sandy Mandic
Paper Structure
The paper covers five modules:
  • Module 1: Pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Module 2: Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Module 3: Clinical exercise testing
  • Module 4: Prescribing exercise for cardiac patients
  • Module 5: Special topics (students' presentations)
Teaching Arrangements
The content will be delivered through a combination of classroom sessions, seminars, laboratory sessions and a field trip.
Recommended Text:
ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. (10th) (2017); American College of Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Klewer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

In addition a reading list will be provided, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online or through course reserve in the library.
Course outline
View the course outline for PHSE 509
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
At the end of this paper you will be able to:
  • Understand fundamentals of pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and heart transplant
  • Identify goals, phases and services provided by cardiac rehabilitation programmes
  • Critically examine a role of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programmes in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant protocols, procedures and results interpretation used in clinical exercise testing
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of electrocardiography
  • Describe common cardiac medications prescribed for individuals with cardiovascular disease and discuss their effects on heart rate, blood pressure and exercise capacity
  • Demonstrate knowledge in designing comprehensive exercise programmes for individuals with cardiovascular disease, taking into account special considerations for each population
  • Critically examine the multidisciplinary nature of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programmes and understand the roles of different health professionals

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system