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Module Title
Strength and Conditioning

training theory; periodisation; olympic lifting; plyometric exercise; SAQ

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2015
ApprovedSeptember 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stages 1 and 2 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course or equivalant.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To develop an understanding of relevant theory, practical delivery and applied research concerning effective strength and conditioning training of athletes.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Practically demonstrate and coach selected conditioning exercises in a safe and effective manner.
2. Evaluate research on the effectiveness of contemporary training strategies.
3. Apply fundamental training theory to the evaluation of contemporary training methods.

Indicative Module Content

Training theory; coaching skills; resistance training; maximum power training; aerobic conditioning; anaerobic conditioning; novel training methods; periodisation; plyometric training; speed training; agility training; practical sessions covering the demonstration and evaluation of: deadlift, squat, olympic lifts and derivatives; plyometric exercises; speed exercises and agility exercises.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Practical Practice

Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures supported by practical components and individual study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2,3

Component 1 will be assessed by an OSPE

Component 2 will be assessed by courswork

Indicative Bibliography

1.STONE, M.H., STONE, M., AND SANDS, W.A., 2007. Principles and practice of resistance training. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.BAECHLE, T.R., AND EARLE, R.W., 2008. Essentials of strength training and conditioning. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
3.CARDINALE, M., AND NEWTON, R., 2010. Strength and Conditioning: Biological principles and practical applications. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
4.ZATSIORSKY, V.M., AND KRAEMER, W.J., 2006. Science and practice of strength training. 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
5.A current and comprehensive list of references will be
supplied on an annual basis to reflect the evolving nature of
relevant topic areas.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.
The content and assessment for this module is aligned to the requirements of UK Strength and Conditioning Association qualifications. Therefore both a practical exam and a coursework are required.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781