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SES3206 Strength Training and Conditioning

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Stephen Bird


Pre-requisite: SES2103 and SES2104 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MSCN


Students undertaking studies in the area of sport and exercise will be required to develop knowledge and skills related to the discipline area of strength training and conditioning. This course will introduce and expand on the theoretical and practical basis of strength training and conditioning to select and perform assessments of general strength training and conditioning exercises. The course will provide the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to design a suitable program, based on best practice, for teaching strength training and conditioning to meet the unique needs of individual across a range of groups in the population. The course also presents students with the opportunity to explore practical applications in the area and to be able to integrate with other sport and exercise discipline areas, particularly biomechanics, functional anatomy, motor learning, and exercise physiology, to ensure best possible outcomes for individuals (based on their needs, including remedial and rehabilitation).

This course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental and advanced scientific principles and practices of strength training and conditioning for sport and exercise performance. The course will assist students to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the design of suitable programs, based on best practice, for use in teaching strength training and conditioning. The course will not only provide information relevant to a general healthy population, especially those involved in sport and physical activity, but to individuals and groups across a range of athletic populations. The use of strength training and conditioning in the development of periodisation programs to optimise sport and exercise areas. Current research and the relationship to other discipline areas will be outlined.

This course contains a mandatory residential school at the Ipswich campus for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the principles and practices of strength training and conditioning (i.e., strength, speed, power, agility and endurance) in health and exercise context).
  2. Perform and evaluate appropriate testing in strength training and conditioning settings and analyse the effectiveness of testing and relevant issues such as workplace health and safety.
  3. Describe and synthesise the physiological responses of muscle to strength training and the procedures used in conditioning individuals to optimise physiological responses (both acute and long term).
  4. Design and justify strength training and conditioning programs for individuals with factors such as sport and athlete position, injury, disease, disability and age plus the use of ergogenic aids (i.e., protein shakes, vitamins, sports drinks etc.)
  5. Synthesise the scientific principles of periodisation of training for sport and exercise performance, integrating such knowledge in a laboratory setting.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of Strength Training and Conditioning: Types of strength training and conditioning exercises. Brief history. Appropriate design of programs to achieve particular requirements depending on individual factors such as injury, disease, disability, age and/or sport – specificity. Usefulness of periodisation programs for athletes. Risk management involving workplace health and safety. Strength training and conditioning assessment guidelines and methods. Integration of advanced strength training and conditioning into an individuals’ training program. Usefulness of nutrition for strength training and conditioning. Fads and fallacies. Age, gender, genetics and other influences. 30.00
2. Practical aspects of Strength Training and Conditioning: Performance of strength training and conditioning such as resistance training, acceleration, speed and agility training, plyometircs and endurance training. Describe the impact of program design on neuro-musculoskeletal outcomes of overloading and fatigue during training. Measurement and recording techniques for strength training and conditioning. Perform detailed review of movement analysis during advanced strength training and conditioning. 40.00
3. Research methodology and experimental techniques in Strength Training and Conditioning. Integration with relevant disciplines in the sport and exercise science area. Knowledge from other disciplines (such as motor learning, biomechanics and exercise physiology). Latest research and knowledge on program design, exercises and nutrition. Prediction of future trends and direction. 10.00
4. Use of technology in Strength Training and Conditioning. Online programming skills. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

G.Haff, N. Triplett 2016, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
Visual Coaching Pro (Web cloud) software licence. Available for purchase from the Visual Coaching Pro website. Visualcoaching WEB Student CLIENT Licence.

1. Students will receive a discount coupon to purchase the licenses at a fixed cost of $45
2. If a student cannot purchase the Text and Materials required due to financial hardship, they are to contact the Course Examiner.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Case Study No 30 1,3,4,5
Assignments Practical Practical No 30 1,2
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,3,5
Date printed 10 February 2023