Course Description

Course Name

Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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.

Course 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

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

*Course content subject to change