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SES3206 Strength Training and Conditioning

Semester 2, 2021 Ipswich On-campus
Short Description: Strength Training & Condition
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Stephen Bird

Requisites

Pre-requisite: SES2103 and SES2104

Rationale

Students undertaking studies in the area of sport and exercise will be required to develop knowledge and skills related to the discipline area of strength training and conditioning. This course will introduce and expand on the theoretical and practical basis of strength training and conditioning to select and perform assessments of general strength training and conditioning exercises. The course will provide the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to design a suitable program, based on best practice, for teaching strength training and conditioning to meet the unique needs of individual across a range of groups in the population. The course also presents students with the opportunity to explore practical applications in the area and to be able to integrate with other sport and exercise discipline areas, particularly biomechanics, functional anatomy, motor learning, and exercise physiology, to ensure best possible outcomes for individuals (based on their needs, including remedial and rehabilitation).

Synopsis

This course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental and advanced scientific principles and practices of muscle physiology during strength training and conditioning for sport and exercise performance. The course will assist students to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the design of suitable programs, based on best practice, for use in teaching strength training and conditioning. The course will not only provide information relevant to a general healthy population, especially those involved in sport and physical activity, but to individuals and groups across a range of populations. The use of strength training and conditioning in the development of periodisation programs to optimise sport and exercise areas. Current research and the relationship to other discipline areas will be outlined.

This course contains a mandatory residential school at the Ipswich campus for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the principles and practices of strength training and conditioning (i.e. strength, speed, power, agility and endurance) in health and exercise context.
  2. Perform and evaluate appropriate testing in strength training and conditioning settings and analyse the effectiveness of testing and relevant issues such as workplace health and safety.
  3. Describe and synthesise the physiological responses of muscle to strength training and the procedures used in conditioning individuals to optimise physiological responses (both acute and long term).
  4. Design and justify strength training and conditioning programs for individuals with factors such as injury, disease, disability and age plus the use of ergogenic aids (i.e. protein shakes, vitamins, sports drinks etc.)
  5. Synthesise the scientific principles of periodisation of training for sport and exercise performance, integrating such knowledge in a laboratory setting.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of Strength Training and Conditioning: Types of strength training and conditioning exercises. Brief history. Appropriate design of programs to achieve particular requirements depending on individual factors such as injury, disease, disability, age and/or sport – specificity. Usefulness of periodisation programs for athletes. Risk management involving workplace health and safety. Strength training and conditioning assessment guidelines and methods. Integration of advanced strength training and conditioning into an individuals’ training program. Usefulness of nutrition for strength training and conditioning. Fads and fallacies. Age, gender, genetics and other influences. 40.00
2. Practical aspects of Strength Training and Conditioning: Performance of strength training and conditioning such as resistance training, acceleration, speed and agility training, plyometircs and endurance training. Describe the impact of program design on neuro-musculoskeletal outcomes of overloading and fatigue during training. Measurement and recording techniques for strength training and conditioning. Perform detailed review of movement analysis during advanced strength training and conditioning. 50.00
3. Research methodology and experimental techniques in Strength Training and Conditioning. Integration with relevant disciplines in the sport and exercise science area. Knowledge from other disciplines (such as motor learning, biomechanics and exercise physiology). Latest research and knowledge on program design, exercises and nutrition. Prediction of future trends and direction. 10.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=SES3206)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

G.Haff, N. Triplett 2016, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
Visual Coaching Pro (Web cloud) software licence. Available for purchase from the Visual Coaching Pro website. Visualcoaching WEB Student CLIENT Licence.

Notes:
1. Students will receive a discount coupon to purchase the licenses at a fixed cost of $45
2. If a student cannot purchase the Text and Materials required due to financial hardship, they are to contact the Course Examiner.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Chandler, T. J., & Brown, L. E. (2018), Conditioning for strength and human performance, 3rd edn, Routledge, New York, NY.
Delavier, F 2010, Strength training anatomy, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
National Strength and Conditioning Association & Brown, L.E 2017, Strength Training, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
National Strength and Conditioning Association 2008, '', in Thomas R. Bacechile & Roger W. Earle (eds) 2008, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
Selected readings may be provided to supplement specific topics and students are encouraged to locate, through electronic and non-electronic sources, additional material pertinent to the various topics covered in this subject. Examples of peer reviewed journals that may provide useful sources of additional reading on the subject of exercise prescription and practice.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 34.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 24.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 68.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Online Quiz 1 40 20 02 Sep 2021
Practical Assessment 40 30 07 Oct 2021 (see note 1)
Periodisation Assignment 1 80 30 14 Oct 2021 (see note 2)
Online Quiz 2 37 20 05 Nov 2021

Notes
  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html). On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables (https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/organise-enrolment/timetables/class) as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. External students will be assessed during the residential school period of the semester.
  2. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. External students will be assessed during the residential school period of the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete assessment item 1 a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available and attend a minimum of 80% of practical classes throughout the semester or timetabled residential school sessions. To satisfactorily complete assessment item 2 a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete an assessment item 4 a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. attendance at the mandatory residential school or practical classes by achieving a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item; and the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item. Students must also attend 80% of practical sessions throughout the semester (Proficiency).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).


  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment Notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).
    If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  2. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.
    USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  3. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  4. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

  5. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2 forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
• professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware
    Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. On campus enrolled students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of practical classes in this course throughout the semester.

  3. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be required to attend a residential school to completed practical aspects related to the course. Students will be notified of the dates and residential schools will be conducted at the Ipswich campus. This will involve 24 hours of necessary practical work over a two and a half day time period to successfully complete the course.

Date printed 8 November 2021