Fitness Training Methods - SPOR5700

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will provide students with a grounding in training theory and application, specifically looking at programme design and implementation in health and athletic performance. It includes: Principles of sport and exercise training; Training methodology; Programme design and organisation; Adaptations to training.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Group practical assessment and individual questioning (20 minutes) – 50%
Examination – 50% (2 hours)

Indicative reading

ACSM. (2009). ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 8th Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM. (2007). Resources for the Personal Trainer. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Bompa, T.O. (2009). Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training. 5th Edition. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Dick, F.W. (2007). Sports Training Principles. 5th Edition. London: A & C Black.
Foran, B. (2001). High Performance Sports Conditioning. Champaign Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Hoffman, J. (2002). Physiological Aspects of Sports Training and Performance. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Apply knowledge and understanding of the different components of physical fitness and their contribution to health and athletic performance.
Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and application of training programme and training methodology design, evaluation and implementation
Administer and evaluate an exercise training programme

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
Demonstrate communication, presentation, numeracy and C & IT skills.
Demonstrate interactive group skills.
Demonstrate problem solving skills.
Demonstrate the ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice.
Demonstrate the ability to plan and manage learning


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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