Introduction to Fitness Testing - SPOR3480

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module looks at the systematic processes involved in testing fitness. Consideration is given to the evaluation of fitness in both the field and in the laboratory. A range of fitness tests for a variety of parameters of fitness are covered. Students are taught to consider the reliability and validity of the tests as well as the specificity of the test to the population they are working with.
A synopsis of topics included in this module are:
- Health screening
- Fitness assessment & evaluation
- Principles of sport & exercise training


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Laboratory report (2,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

ACSM. (2009). ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM. (2007). Resources for the Personal Trainer. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Dick, F.W. (2007). Sports Training Principles. 5th ed. 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.
Winter, E. M., Jones, A. M., Davison, R. C. R., Bromley, P. D. & Mercer, T. H. (2008). Sport and exercise physiology testing guidelines. volume one: Sport testing. Oxford: Routledge.

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Learning outcomes

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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different components of basic physical fitness and their contribution to health and athletic performance.
Administer a fitness assessment

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

Communication and presentation skills - via the use of student lead presentations and practical work, and working in groups on a variety of material.
Information technology and numeracy - through the preparation for presentations (including importing of graphics, word processing, internet searches) and working with software packages and evidenced via using formulae to calculate appropriate exercise prescription, conducting and interpreting fitness test results & relating data to human physiological function.
Interactive group skills – evidenced through conducting student lead presentations and tasks.
Problem solving – achieved through the identification, adaptation and correct implementation of exercise prescription.
Ability to plan and manage learning - through completing the extra self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assignments and tasks set during this module.


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