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SPEX310 Exercise for Clinical Populations

An overview of the physiological changes that occur with age, obesity and medical conditions and the impact these changes have on exercise prescription.

Physical inactivity is a recognised contributory factor to chronic disease development, whereas regular physical activity is associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, depression and some cancers. This paper introduces students to the concept of physical activity/exercise for prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will learn the changes that occur in physiological systems that underpin specific disease processes and conditions and how these changes impact when prescribing exercise. Health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer are presented using a systems-to-cellular approach to assist in understanding the key physiological concepts.

Paper title Exercise for Clinical Populations
Paper code SPEX310
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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SPEX 203 or (PHSE 202 and PHSE 203)
PHSE 311, PHSE 511
Schedule C

Dr Lynnette Jones

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator and Lecturer:  Dr Lynnette Jones


To be confirmed.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On completing the paper students should demonstrate:

  • In-depth understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to the development of certain disease processes and conditions and physiological changes that occur with ageing and spinal-cord injury.
  • The ability to develop suitable exercise programmes for individuals who present with any of the health conditions studied in the paper and exercise programmes for older individuals and those with spinal injury.

Suitable for students with an interest in exercise for health benefits.

Teaching Arrangements

Tutorial attendance is compulsory.

Paper Structure

This paper addresses interactions between exercise and:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Obesity
  • Ageing
  • Spinal-cord injury

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22
A3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
A4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22