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Strength and Resistance Training (EXS223)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will focus on current scientific principles of strength and resistance training primarily in the healthy population. While the role of ageing and gender will be discussed, a large portion of the unit will focus on the strength and resistance training aspects associated with athletes and otherwise healthy individuals. The student will then be able to apply these principles to other individuals adopting sedentary behaviours and living with lifestyle-related disease such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
Unit Learning Outcomes The learning objectives of this unit are categorised as Knowledge and Skills:
1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of physiological principles leading to the development of human conditioning in a variety of population groups.
2. Construct and justify a strength and resistance training program that is appropriate to an individual's capabilities.
3. Implement a strength and resistance training program in a one-on-one training environment as well as a group environment.
4. Evaluate and measure changes or improvements following implementation of a strength and resistance program.
5. Develop an understanding of the requirements for designing and managing a strength and resistance training facility.
6. Demonstrate the ability to explain and appropriately demonstrate key resistance training exercises
7. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse exercise technique for key resistance training exercises
8. Demonstrate the ability to test muscle function appropriately for an individual's needs
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to instruction in this unit is to use a mix of lectures, practical experience in the form of laboratory work, and self-directed activities involving assigned readings and structured non-assessed quizzes to facilitate student learning. Students will work individually, and in small groups, during practical laboratory work to practice learned skills and instruct peers on correct strength and resistance training exercises. Lecture material and laboratory work will be conducted in face to face format and electronic media will be utilised as a delivery mode for selected lecture, laboratory, quiz and administrative material.
Assessment A Mid-semester Theory Examination will be utilised to assess theory content from lecture and reading material presented to that point. It will act to provide feedback on the student's progress and highlight areas requiring attention. A Practical Test will be conducted toward the end of semester to assess work covered in laboratory sessions. Constructive feedback will be provided following the practical test on areas performed well and those that require attention. An End of Semester Theory Examination will assess the student on lecture, laboratory and assigned reading material. This examination draws together theoretical and practical material consolidated during the unit and assesses the student's understanding of strength and resistance training as taught in this course of study.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI225 Principles of Strength and Conditioning; or EXS103/EXS225 Strength and Resistance Training may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Brendan Scott
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6575
e: Brendan.Scott@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Brendan Scott
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6575
e: Brendan.Scott@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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