University of Technology Sydney

92523 Strength and Conditioning

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level: Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject examines the various physical capacities related to human performance (endurance, strength, speed, power, agility and flexibility). Specifically, this subject examines the physiological and mechanical underpinnings of each capacity and in turn how to perform, test and train each capacity in relation to athletic development. The subject provides students with proficiency in the skills required to assess fundamental physical capacities related to human movement and emphasises the methods for development of respective physical capacities.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Identify, describe and analyse the interrelationships between physical activity and the physiological and anatomical development of the individual
B. Demonstrate critical judgement to select appropriate strength and conditioning solutions to suit the needs of diverse individuals or groups
C. Apply the principles of exercise prescription in planning and instruction for different groups within sport, exercise and health
D. Measure and interpret physiological capacities to prescribe strength and conditioning activities
E. Describe the practical applications of strength and conditioning in the development of human performance

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Lead, manage and inspire within the fields of sport, exercise and health; (1.0)
  • Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health (2.0)
  • Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions (3.0)
  • Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions (4.0)
  • Adapt to diverse industry contexts to enable optimal and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes (5.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

Pre-class learning activities ensure the delivery of themed content in the form of written, audio or video material. These guide in-class activities that explore syllabus content to enhance the student experience. More specifically, Canvas will provide background information for the audio-visual module series, abbreviated notes for the modules, introduction videos for the tutorials and a tutorial manual.

Modules incorporate audio-visual resources and practical activities that link to content taught in class activities. Tutorials are guided by these Canvas modules and involve interactive, group-oriented and practical learning experiences. These collaborative active learning experiences use industry-relevant equipment to explore the syllabus content. Professional readings and internet site explorations promote self-directed enquiry into the syllabus topics.

Finally, practical classes incorporate content delivered by industry-based practitioners including staff with experience in high-performance sport. Such interactions provide students with expert knowledge and skills that will contribute to their development as an exercise scientist.

Content (topics)

  • Athlete health and wellness monitoring and screening
  • Assessment and development of muscular strength and power
  • Assessment and development of speed and agility
  • Assessment and development of flexibility and range of motion
  • Assessment and development of aerobic fitness
  • Resistance training for endurance, hypertrophy, strength and power
  • Planning training for performance
  • Appropriate methods of testing of physical capacity - understanding validity and reliability
  • Data collection, collation and analysis in Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise prescription


Assessment task 1: Fitness Assessment


The assignment allows students to explore and develop the theoretical knowledge of designing a fitness assessment protocol and the practical skills in delivering a fitness assessment for a group of clients. The ability to conduct a fitness assessment is a professional practice standard within the scope of practice for the exercise scientist.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 30%

Part A of this Assessment Task is limited to 3 pages and Part B is a 45-minute practical.

References must be provided within the 3-page limit. Websites are not allowed.

Assessment task 2: Client Profile and Exercise Program


This assessment task aims to develop the students’ ability to integrate client profile information, fitness assessment results, program design and exercise prescription knowledge. Collectively, this information will be used to develop an evidence-informed client profile and exercise program that includes linking prescription design to expected adaptations.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

No more than 10 pages (not including Reference List).

Assessment task 3: Exercise Bank and Resistance Training Coaching Assessment


This assessment task aims to develop experience and competency in delivering resistance training exercises to a client. Students will develop an exercise bank that will facilitate the development of their resistance training coaching skills. The students will also demonstrate these skills during a practical assessment.

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

The duration of this practical assessment is 30 minutes.

Required texts

Haff G. & Triplett N.T. 2016, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th Edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Students are advised to acquire their own copy of this text. Copies of this text are available at the UTS library on closed reserve.

All additional readings, other than text books, will be available via links from within Canvas. The required preparatory activities for this subject will be advised on Canvas prior to any on campus tutorial or laboratory. Please complete the set preparatory activities prior to the class in the week required.

NB: It is essential that students complete all required preparatory activities. The required preparatory activities will be considered assumed knowledge for tutorial or laboratory classes and the examination.


Journals to consider using:
British Journal of Sports Medicine
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Exercise and Sports Science Review
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Journal of Sports Science
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
Sports Medicine

Websites to consider visiting:
Exercise Prescription:
Gatorade Sport Science Institute:
Peak Performance:
Topend sports:

Other resources

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Details for student centres:

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