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This unit introduces students to the principles and practices of resistance training. The unit deals with systems of resistance training and exercises for various body segments and individual muscles. An understanding of muscle actions is fostered throughout the unit. Resistance training for general fitness, strength, hypertrophy and muscular endurance will be covered with students developing skills and knowledge in the use of resistance training as a modality of exercise prescription for various groups. This unit heavily emphasises practical aspects of coaching human movement in the context of resistance exercise prescription. The unit also deals with common muscular strength and endurance tests.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the basic norms, principles and practises of resistance training to client groups (simulated);  
  2. Interpret muscle and segment actions as they relate to movement preparation and resistance training exercises;  
  3. Critically reflect on past and current beliefs, practices and trends in the field;  
  4. Devise models of resistance training appropriate for different client outcomes, and explain issues relating to resistance training for special populations and develop methods for dealing with these issues; and  
  5. Design, demonstrate and evaluate resistance training exercise programs for normal, healthy populations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other PBL: Analysis of research article and group critical reflection 30%
Examination Practical Examination Part 1 20%
Examination Practical Examination Part 2 25%
Examination Written Examination 25%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions. Hurdle 2: Successful completion of practical examinations (average of at least 50% across the practical examinations).

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