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PHSE513 Exercise Prescription Practicum

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Reflective learning through an exercise prescription fieldwork placement.

This paper uses an exercise prescription practicum experience to provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the exercise prescription process and develop practical and professional skills.

Paper title Exercise Prescription Practicum
Paper code PHSE513
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 312
PHSE 313
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Due to the limited number of places available, enrolment in this paper is subject to approval from the Dean of the School of Physical Education.
Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission.
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Teaching staff
Dr Phil Handcock and Carolyn Jenkins
Paper Structure
This paper involves reflective learning through critical evaluation of your exercise prescription practicum experiences. Opportunities for guidance on reflection will be provided through case meetings and mentoring, practical sessions, case research, self-directed learning, peer evaluations and practicum work with individuals and groups.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper uses lectures, seminars, practical sessions and weekly case meetings. 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 text book, though recommended texts will be discussed in class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Communication.
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Learning Outcomes
At the end of this paper students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the attributes and practice of an exercise professional
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety plans, emergency procedures and first aid techniques that may be required during fitness evaluations, exercise training and physical activity sessions
  • Understand the uniqueness of client physical activity needs, their reasons for engaging in physical activity and the barriers they might face
  • Recognise that there is a range of exercise prescription possibilities for individuals and groups in society with diverse needs
  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate with clients in assessing their needs, evaluating their fitness and prescribing and monitoring physical activity programmes
  • Develop effective profiling, risk stratification, record keeping and communication skills
  • Source, access, evaluate and organise credible information
  • Develop the ability to modify prescription techniques to suit the individual and the circumstances
  • Introduce innovation and variety into physical activity programmes
  • Develop reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply 'Physical Education' knowledge to resolve a range of client physical activity challenges
  • Develop an understanding of the attributes of an independent exercise professional
  • Develop group exercise instructional skills

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system