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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEP4065253, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0376, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Medicine
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PREVENTIVE AND ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Other lecturers STEFANO GOBBO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-EDF/01 Teaching Methods for Physical Activities 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 20/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Have a thorough knowledge of exercise physiology and basic knowledge of functional assessment. It is also required to understand and practice scientific English during interactive class activities.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge/understandings: appreciate the importance of a comprehensive assessment of cardiorespiratory function, strength and balance, for its ability of carrying fundamental diagnostic and prognostic information, as well as for exercise and training prescription. Understand the principles of cardiorespiratory, strength and balance assessment and the main changes that are associated with different conditions in health and disease.

Skills/abilities: Apply principles of exercise physiology within the interpretation of a cardiopulmonary exercise test. Demonstrate the ability to identify the main alterations of cardiorespiratory function, strength and balance, and to associate them to typical physiological and/or pathological conditions. Learn to use simple instruments for clinical monitoring of patients and show the capability to perform or cooperate in the execution of specific functional tests.

Competencies: Learn to use principles of exercise physiology and functional evaluation in clinical practice. Develop competencies of professional communication in the healthcare setting and with an international language. Improve transversal competencies of problem solving and team working.
Examination methods: Students will be required to analyse, interpret, evaluate and comment data of a functional evaluation carried out in healthy subjects and patients with chronic diseases. Intermediate formative assessments will analyse the students’ learning and will permit teacher and students to adapt the approach to this course. Also the students’ course participation will be evaluated.
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be determined by both the finale exam and active class participation. The teacher will provide timely and adequate feedback after the exam, which will consider the students’ knowledge, specific abilities and transversal competencies.
Course unit contents: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of and the ability to perform non-invasive analysis of cardiopulmonary adaptations during physical exercise. Furthermore, skills in strength and balance testing and interpretation will be addressed for a comprehensive diagnostic and functional evaluation. Finally, it is aimed to improve transversal competencies in professional communication, problem solving and team working.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course content will be presented through lectures, small group discussions, interactive learning, problem solving, clinical case discussions, and also through activities in the laboratory. This course will be characterized by a student-centred approach and active engagement of students also during class activities. Therefore, the class participation is an important component of this course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: There is no textbook required for this course. The didactic resources consist in the students’ notes of the class activities, the book chapters and papers listed below and the materials provided by the instructor. The students are also expected to be able to search and critically-review recent literature and are thus responsible for gaining access to peer-reviewed sources via online databases or University library holdings. The online platform Moodle will be used for sharing and discussing didactic issues and material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), ACSM’S guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Australian Institute of Sport Rebecca Tanner, Christopher Gore, Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes. --: Human Kinetics, 2013. 2nd Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Reiman M, Manske R., Functional Testing in Human Performance. --: Human Kinetics, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Maud PJ, Foster C., Physiological assessment of human fitness. --: Human Kinetics, 2006. 2nd Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wasserman K., Principles of exercise testing and interpretation. Including pathophysiology and clinical applications.. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Belardinelli R., Il test da sforzo cardiopolmonare – Manuale di interpretazione.. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being