Exercise Prescription for Special Populations: Cardiac and Pulmonary Disorders – EXSC 635

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the foundational understanding for the pathophysiological processes of various common chronic conditions. A clinical understanding of limitations and special needs will be provided, which allows the exercise scientist to appropriately interact and serve the cardiopulmonary client.




The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding and overview of the multiple and diverse elements which contribute to the successful implementation and organization of an exercise program for adults and children with cardiopulmonary-related issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and comprehend all concepts and content related to all physical activity and its importance for populations with cardiac and pulmonary disorders.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the body as well as the integrative nature of physiological systems during diseased states.
  3. Critically evaluate exercise programs for diseased populations.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the unique and symbiotic relationship between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–400 words. Each thread must contain at least 1 scholarly source in current APA format.

Case Studies (3)

The student will read the assigned case study for that specific module/week and answer the questions in a thorough and detailed manner. The responses to each specific question cannot be longer than 500 words and the course textbook must be used as a main resource in writing your response to each question for each case study. You may also use notes taken from course presentations

Journal Article Review (JAR) Paper

The student will submit a research-based paper in current APA format dealing with a thorough analysis of a condition. The paper must be at least 8 pages and cite at least 5 scholarly sources. The student will review a selected clinical exercise physiology original research article strongly associated with cardiopulmonary disorders.

Exams (2)

The student will be required to complete 2 exams. Exam 1 will cover the first half of the content covered (Modules/Weeks 1–4), and Exam 2 will cover the second half (Modules/Weeks 5–8). Each exam will contain 60 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.