EHR414 Fitness Testing & Exercise Programming (8)

This subject consists of a detailed analysis of the issues related to physical fitness testing and programming for subjects who are healthy and likely to be free from sedentary lifestyle diseases. Since the 1980's, there has been considerable progress in advancing our understanding of the health related benefits of exercise. It is therefore important to recognise the methods used to test and evaluate fitness and subsequently program specific exercise programs for particular individuals.

Exercise programming will be studied in relation to the broader context of health and disease prevention in order that individuals or specific groups are able to manage a healthy lifestyle within their physical capacities. This subject will also explore the basic concepts related to screening and testing to improve population trends in health and fitness; relate the results of testing to conditioning and exercise for disease prevention; and introduce the basis for using physical activity and exercise in asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals for disease rehabilitation.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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

Available to students in:

Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science

or as approved by the Course Director

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an understanding of anatomy and physiology prior to undertaking this subject.

Subject Relationships

EHR200 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to comprehend the diverse content of exercise physiology and how it applies to physical fitness testing and programming;
  • be able to know how the topics of fitness testing and prescription fit into the study and profession of exercise physiology in Australia, as well as in a world content;
  • be able to perform and interpret specific tests of physical fitness in laboratory and field settings;
  • be able to design a physical fitness conditioning program for a specific individual/group;
  • be able to evaluate a prescribed exercise program for a specific individual in relation to their health status and functional capacity;
  • be able to develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate the risks and associated responsibilities when conducting pre-exercise screening, exercise testing and exercise programming;
  • be able to explain the differences between physical activity, exercise training and physical fitness;
  • be able to comprehend the importance and potential for physical activity/exercise training in the prevention and management of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is physical fitness assessment and exercise programming?
  • Physical activity, exercise, physical fitness, health and disease prevention;
  • Ergometry and indirect calorimetry;
  • Understanding energy expenditure and exercise intensity;
  • Pre-exercise screening and risk stratification;
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness and testing in laboratory and field settings;
  • Body composition, testing and health;
  • Musculoskeletal function and testing in laboratory and field settings;
  • Designing cardiorespiratory and muscular strength training programs;
  • Flexibility, posture balance and body alignment;
  • Exercise programming and behavior modification;
  • Understanding special populations;

Residential School

This subject contains a 1 day Compulsory Residential School.

Distance education students are required to attend a Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period to access laboratory facilities.  This Residential School will run consecutively with Schools for the subjects EHR411, EHR412, EHR420 and EHR423.

Each distance education student will be required for three (3) days, which will include laboratory classes on each day for each student.

Special Resources

Distance education students are required to attend a three (3) day Residential School scheduled during the mid-Session Residential School period on CSU Bathurst Campus.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

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.