Credit points



EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application or EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

Teaching organisation

150 hours of focused learning.

Unit description and aim

The effective design and delivery of training programs to enhance athletic performance requires an understanding of the requirements of different sports and the physical capacities of athletes. This unit is based on scientific principles and practices of strength and conditioning/sports science, including the utilization of current research and technology. The unit aims to provide students with a framework to quantify activity profiles in different sports, objectively assess levels of strength, speed and endurance in athletes and monitor the fatigue response. Practical skills associated in activity profiling and fitness assessment are embedded within this unit and students will be introduced to fundamental components of training program design. In addition, students will develop a variety of data analytical skills applicable to the athletic environment. These knowledge and skills are consistent with the professional standards for Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Scientist accreditation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate a critical understanding of data analysis and interpretation as they relate to coaching and sports science; including concepts of validity, reliability and assessing change.(GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10) 

LO2 - Display knowledge regarding the process of activity profiling with particular emphasis on the relationship between physical capacity and performance and the role of current technology. (GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10) 

LO3 - Understand the issues surrounding athlete profiling, and talent identification; including developing the skills to conduct common field tests. (GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA10) 

LO4 - Explain basic concepts surrounding long term planning, recovery and monitoring training load and fatigue (GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8) 

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Topics will include: 


  • Data analysis and Interpretation 
  • Activity profiling 
  • Athlete profiling 
  • Introduction to Periodisation & Long Term Planning  
  • Monitoring Training Load, Fatigue & Recovery 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Learning and teaching strategies include active learning, case-based learning, individual and group activities, cooperative learning, web-based learning, and reflective/critical thinking activities, delivered over 12 weeks through lecture and practical sessions. These strategies will provide students with access to required knowledge and understanding of unit content, and opportunities for application of knowledge and understanding for practical skill development in Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science. These strategies will allow students to meet the aim, learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the unit, as well as professional practice standards required by Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Learning and teaching strategies will reflect respect for the individual as an independent learner. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively within group activities.  

Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to best enable students to achieve unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes, criterion referenced assessment is utilised, consistent with University assessment requirements. A range of assessment strategies are used including: an activity profiling task to assess understanding and application of unit content and data handling skills; an athlete profiling task to assess understanding and application of unit content, including skills of data analysis and its communication; and a written examination to assess student learning of unit content.  

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Activity profiling task:  

Enables students to demonstrate an understanding of methods of activity profiling including selecting strategies appropriate to different sports, and their ability to analyse, interpret and report data. 


LO1, LO2 

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Athlete profiling task:  

Enables students to demonstrate an understanding of scientific and practical knowledge regarding athlete profiling and their application, including analysis, interpretation and reporting of data. 


LO1, LO3 

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Written examination:  

Enables students to demonstrate their understanding and application of unit content 


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10 

Representative texts and references

Tanner, Rebecca K. and Gore, Christopher J. (Ed) (2012). Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes(2nd ed.) Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics. 

Cardinale, M., Newton, R., Nosaka, K. (Ed) (2011). Strength and Conditioning-Biological Principles and Practical Applications. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 

Hopkins, W.G. (2000). A new view of statistics. Internet Society for Sport Science:

Bompa, T. (2009). Periodization : Theory and Methodology of Training (5th ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics. 

Pyne, D. B. (2003). Interpreting the results of fitness testing. Victorian Institute of Sport: International Science and Football Symposium, Melbourne, Victoria. 

Batterham, A. M. and W. G. Hopkins (2006). Making Meaningful Inferences About Magnitudes. Int J Sports Phyisol and Perf 1: 50-57. 

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