Unit description

Educates future sport scientists about the skills and competencies required to successfully design sport specific training programmes for athletes competing at a variety of levels. The unit integrates the basic principles of exercise physiology and training methodology to develop a sound understanding of the complexities of designing year-round training programmes in any sporting activity. As a result, this unit will provide students with the necessary knowledge to develop training programmes designed to improve the general physiological capabilities of the athlete.

Unit content

Topic 1: Principles of Training Methodology 
Topic 2: Overtraining and Recovery Techniques 
Topic 3: Periodization - Principles and guidelines 
Topic 4: Periodization - Developing the Yearly Plan 
Topic 5: Methods of Programme Evaluation - Field Testing 
Topic 6: Principles of Resistance Training 
Topic 7: Principles of Resistance Training - Programme Design 
Topic 8: Plyometrics - Theory & Programme Integration 
Topic 9: Methods of Developing Endurance, Speed & Agility
Topic 10: Flexibility Training

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 2.5 hours (10 weeks)
Professional Placement15%
3 online tests45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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