Module code: BMS3086

Module Overview

This module addresses the technical aspects of the principle techniques used in strength and conditioning and considers a range of issues in designing and monitoring strength and conditioning programmes for enhancement of sports performance.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

WILD James (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1044 Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health BMS2066 Performance Training and Assessment

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Long-term athletic development

• Programme and athlete monitoring

• Presenting training and assessment data

• Advanced programming methods for the development of strength and power

• Physio-mechanical factors in exercise selection

• Technical analysis, practical demonstration and coaching proficiency of commonly used strength & conditioning training modes including:

       o Traditional and non-traditional resistance training methods

       o Ballistic training methods

       o Plyometrics

       o Speed and agility training

       o Aerobic and anaerobic conditioning

       o Aquatic based exercise

• Analysis of application of periodization in various sports (seasonal team and individual and continuous individual sports)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

In the event that a student is unable to take part in the practical coaching assessment, they will have the opportunity to take a second practical exam in the late summer resit assessment period.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Their practical skills in delivering a strength and conditioning programme.

  • Their ability to analyse and interpret data.

  • Their critical evaluation of training principles and rationalisation of programme design and monitoring strategies.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A 30 minute practical coaching assessment of an advanced strength / power training session or a speed / agility / plyometric based training session (35%) - Due Teaching Week 11

  • Case study (65%) - students will be given a fictional case study of an athlete which includes information regarding their background and sporting ability, some initial testing data and a 6 month periodised plan overview. Students will be expected to produce the below - Due Teaching Week 9:

                       o An analysis of the athlete and interpretation of initial testing data (500 words)

                       o 1 strength / power programme and 1 conditioning (speed / agility or endurance) programme taken from a week within the periodised plan overview provided

                       o A justification for the programming choices detailed in one of the programmes above (750 words)

                       o An outline and justification of a monitoring strategy for the athlete across the 6 month period (750 words)


Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive formative assessment and feedback on their performance in the form of verbal feedback during lectures (in question and answer format). They will also partake in a number of small assignments during practical sessions that informs the final summative assessments.

Module aims

  • Enable students to apply the theory of training practically within a performance sport context
  • Develop the student's ability to understand and critically evaluate current theoretical principles and practices within strength and conditioning
  • Provide an understanding of the principle issues in designing and monitoring strength and conditioning programmes for the enhancement of sports performance across multiple sports
  • Develop the student's ability to apply skill acquisiton principles to strength and conditioning coaching practice
  • Provide a grounding for students wanting to undertake the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation process

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate technical competence and awareness of strength and conditioning techniques KP
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the biomechanical demands during a range of strength and conditioning techniques and how they relate to sports specific movements K
3 Critically evaluate the rationale for the use of a range of practical techniques in strength and conditioning KC
4 Demonstrate an understanding of programming design and monitoring processes in performance sport K
5 Design an appropriate strength and conditioning programme and monitoring strategy for a performance athlete, providing an evidence based justification for programming choices KCP
6 Practically coach selected strength and conditioning techniques in a safe and effective manner PT
7 Interpret and disseminate data in formats appropriate professional communications within a performance sport setting KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning methods are based around the delivery of lectures and practical sessions to:

• Provide students with the knowledge to enable them to design safe and effective strength and conditioning programmes for athletes

• Give students the practical skills necessary to demonstrate and coach principle training techniques commonly used by strength and conditioning coaches

• Provide students with the skills to critically evaluate the theoretical training principles in sports science and the empirical evidence that tests them

• Give students an awareness of and the ability to rationalise programming and monitoring choices

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Formal and interactive lectures (2 hour duration for 11 weeks)

• Practical workshops and seminars (2 hour duration for 6 weeks)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.