EHR221 Exercise for Health & Fitness (8)

Health and wellness are enhanced through participation in regular physical activity and improved fitness. In this subject, students will develop their capacity to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programs to achieve fundamental health and fitness outcomes. Students will examine concepts of health and wellness, define and distinguish between physical activity and exercise, and explore the health-related components of fitness. Communication with clients, collaborative goals, health screening and risk appraisals are key areas of study. Students will develop practical skills for fitness assessments and exercise instruction for both individuals and groups.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR221. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (with specialisation)

Bachelor of Health Science (Food and Nutrition)

Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the influence of physical activity and fitness on dimensions of health, wellness, and quality of life;
  • be able to perform pre-screening and consultations to establish client risk for exercise prescription, goals and needs;
  • be able to select and implement suitable exercise assessments to appraise targeted components of fitness;
  • be able to use a variety of exercise modalities to design and deliver a short-term exercise program to achieve health and fitness outcomes;
  • be able to demonstrate a variety of physical conditioning activities with technical proficiency; and
  • be able to provide safe and effective instructions to clients when delivering individual and group exercise sessions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concepts of health, wellness, physical activity, exercise and quality of life.
  • Health-related components of fitness.
  • Benefits and risks of participation in physical activity and exercise.
  • Factors affecting health and fitness.
  • Client consultations, determining needs and establishing goals.
  • Exercise pre-screening and risk appraisal.
  • Principles of exercise programming and acute training variables.
  • Exercise modalities, techniques and equipment.
  • Exercise testing and fitness assessments.
  • Developing client-centred exercise programs to achieve targeted fitness outcomes.
  • Exercise delivery and instruction for individual and group exercise.
  • Client monitoring.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Online students are required to attend a three (3) day Residential School.  

The residential school develops students practical competency skills in exercise testing, delivery and instruction and the use of exercise testing and training equipment.This Residential School complies with requirements to meet ESSA accreditation.  

Special Resources

Online students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the Residential School period to access laboratory facilities. This will require students to arrange and finance their own travel and accommodation.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.