20 credits at level HE6
1) To develop knowledge and understanding of the effects of various types of training on the human body.
2) To develop knowledge and understanding of a range of fitness tests and skills in the practical application of these tests.
3) To develop the ability to prescribe appropriate exercise on the basis of fitness test scores and desired fitness objectives.
4) To enable students to identify individuals and groups for whom exercise would be contraindicated.
1) Initial considerations in exercise testing:
Informed consent, medical history and health status, readiness for physical activity, medical referrals and contraindications to exercise.
2) Adaptations to exercise:
The structural, physiological and metabolic adaptations engendered by specific forms of training.
3) Fitness testing:
The metabolic and physiological basis of fitness testing, critical examination and analysis of a range of methods for assessing anaerobic power, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition, selection of appropriate fitness tests, the application of fitness testing in a range of exercise and sports environments.
4) Exercise prescription:
Interpretation of fitness test results, normative data, setting fitness objectives, selection of exercise intensity, duration and frequency on the basis of fitness test scores, Rating of Perceived Exertion as an alternative method of prescription.
The essential concepts and theoretical basis of this module will be delivered through key lectures. Reinforcement of this material will take place through practical engagement in the concepts under consideration. Critical case study analysis will be used to develop an understanding of the application of key concepts and theory and to locate the syllabus content in a broader context. This aspect of the teaching and learning strategy will be facilitated through tutor and student led seminars. Tutorials will allow for guidance and feedback on progression within the module.
The learning hours for this module will be made up of the following components:
Lectures 8 x 1 hours = 8
Seminars/Case Studies 4 x 1 hours = 4
Practicals 11 x 2 hours = 22
Tutorials 2 x 3 hours = 6
Background reading 12 x 5 hours = 60
Seminar preparation 4 x 5 hours = 20
Coursework preparation 2 x 40 hours = 80
Learning outcomes 1,2 and 5 will be assessed by a 2,500 word essay based on a critical evaluation of fitness test protocols. The evaluation is to include each of the aspects identified in the learning outcome, the physiological principles on which the test is based, any assumptions underlying the predicted or measured result, level of accuracy and errors inherent in the procedure and appropriate applications of the procedure. This element of assessment will contribute 50% to the overall assessment for this module.
Learning outcomes 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 will be assessed by a 2,500 word case study report. The student is to work with a client or client group to prescribe an appropriate programme of physical activity. The case study is to include an initial consideration of any contra indications to engagement in physical activity, determination of the clients fitness objectives, an evaluation of the clients current fitness status and the prescribed programme of physical activity. The report must also present a justification of any test protocols used and how the prescribed programme of physical activity will result in the clients fitness objectives being met. This element of assessment will contribute 50% to the overall assessment for this module
No formal summative assessment of learning outcome 8 will take place. The level to which this is developed will be reflected in the level of achievement in both assessment items. In order to complete these assessment items students will have to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with the module tutor, chosen client group and fellow students. Sensitivity toward client needs and developed interpersonal skills are required for success in the case study. Similarly, minimal supervision outside of time-tabled class contact will require students to have well developed self-management and organisational skills
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how appropriately structured physical activity may be used to engender specific long term physiological changes in human subjects||Explain the acute and chronic adaptations of the human physiology to a range of physical training regimes giving appropriate examples of these responses in support of their explanation.|
|2.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physiological basis of physical fitness testing in human subjects.||
Evaluate a range of fitness tests, to include both field and laboratory based procedures, identifying the physiological principles on which they are based, any assumptions underlying the predicted or measured result, level of accuracy and errors inherent in the procedures and appropriate applications of the procedures.
|3.||Identify and explain the contra indicators to physical activity in human subjects.||Assess a client/subjects suitability for engaging in physical activity based on evidence from a range of sources to include, physical activity history, health history, subjective response to activities of daily living and fitness assessment.|
|4.||Apply the concepts underpinning fitness testing and exercise prescription in a ‘real world’ context.||Work with a client or client group to assess their fitness objectives and construct an exercise programme based on an evaluation of their readiness to engage in physical activity and their current fitness status.|
|5.||Evaluate and make rational judgements with respect to the range of fitness tests and training regimes available to them.||Justify their selection and application of fitness tests and subsequently devised exercise programme based on an understanding of the underpinning principles and limitations of the tests used, the client or client groups fitness objectives and the physiological responses to physical activity.|
|6.||Conduct a range of laboratory and field based fitness tests and know the situation to which each test is best suited.||
Select, set up and calibrate any instrumentation or equipment required for a range of fitness tests.
Competently perform the procedures for a range of fitness tests and record appropriate data.
Identify the situations to which each test would be best suited.
Show due regard for their client/subjects comfort and well being.
|7.||Demonstrate appropriate work practice in the conduct of laboratory and field practicals||Adopt and apply good health and safety practice|
|8.||Demonstrate autonomy in their work.||
Work with clients.
Manage and organise their time and other resources.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay of 2,500 words||Case study of 2,500 words|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
American College of Sports Medicine (2005) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Lea and Febiger.
Heyward V H (2002) Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. Leeds: Human Kinetics.
MacDougall J D, Wenger H A, Green H J (1991) Physiological Testing of the High Performance Athlete.
Maud P J, Foster C (1995) Physiological Assessment of Human Fitness. Human Kinetics.
Skinner, J.D.(2005) Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription for Special Populations. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Wasserman K, Hansen J E, Sue D Y, Whipp B J, Casaburi R (2004) Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation. Lea and Febiger
Wilmore J H, Costill D L (1994) Physiology of Sport and Exercise. Human Kinetics.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Journal of Sports Science
Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise
|Host Subject Group:||Sport, Leisure and Tourism|
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