General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla McCarrick, Azura Youell
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity

This module will further develop the student’s skills in the area of exercise science, equipping the learner with the theoretical concepts and practical skills to obtain, record and present health and fitness data from clients. The module will enable the learner to conduct and interpret flexibility, strength, local muscular endurance, body composition and field-based aerobic tests and make subsequent activity recommendations. Health, safety, confidentiality and legislative considerations relevant to the exercise professional in undertaking these processes are also incorporated. Students will also be introduced to various methods to improve range of motion and exercise strategies to manage bodyweight


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate the ability to gather, record and present health and fitness information related to the components of fitness as part of conducting the clients’ ‘needs analysis’.


Apply knowledge of concepts and principles relevant to fitness testing and evaluation.


Select and implement health and fitness assessments appropriate for various individuals (measuring cardiovascular and muscular fitness, body composition and flexibility), interpret the information gathered and use it to inform subsequent recommendations for effective exercise programming for the individual.


Apply appropriate health and safety procedures in conducting safe, valid, and reliable health and fitness assessments.


Demonstrate, teach and take a client through a range of developmental stretching exercises.


Apply stretch theory to the design and progression of developmental flexibility programmes.


Demonstrate understanding of principles and concepts relevant to human body composition and apply theory relevant to exercise programming to change body composition.


Operate professionally and proficiently as part of a team, working within allocated responsibility and demonstrating excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Conduct a risk assessment of an exercise setting and apply knowledge of risk management in an exercise setting

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning stratgey for this module centres around lectures and small-group practicals supported by an online learning platform (Moodle).

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy for this module centres around assessing practical skills and application of relevant theory using real-world fitness-testing scenarios and a mix of assessment methods (short-answer and MCQ theory quizzes, health & fitness evaluation reporting, practical fitness testing assessment) to cater for a variety of learning styles.

Repeat Assessments

Students who have not fallen below the minimum attendance threshold (75% attendance at practicals) may be afforded the opportunity to undertake repeat continuous assessment in the case of insufficient marks overall where particular elements are failed or incomplete and resources are available to offer same.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Client Treatment, Data Recording & Obtaining Informed Consent

·         Communicating and building rapport with clients when gathering information

Health & Safety

·         Factors inherent in safe and effective health & fitness assessment and subsequent exercise

Aerobic Fitness Testing

·         Theory, concepts and practical skills relevant to implementing submaximal and maximal field tests for the prediction of CRF levels

Muscular Fitness Testing

·         Theory, concepts and practical skills relevant to implementing submaximal and maximal field tests for the assessment and estimation of muscular endurance and strength

Body Composition Analysis & Exercise for Bodyweight Management

·          Theory, concepts and practical skills relevant to assessing, understanding and altering human body composition·   

Flexibility and Stretch Theory

·        Theory, concepts and practical skills relevant to assessing, understanding and altering flexibility· 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theory Assessments Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % OnGoing 2,4,6,7
2 Health-Fitness Assessment Reports Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 5 1,2,3
3 Assessment of Personal Measurement Techniques Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % End of Semester 1,3,4,5,8
4 Report on an Exercise Facility Health & Safety Audit Continuous Assessment Assignment 5 % Week 2 4,7,8,9

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Tiered Classroom Directed Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Science Laboratory Physiology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-01-19 EuropeActive's Essentials for Fitness Instructors Human Kinetics

Endorsed by EuropeActive, this text includes fundamentals and best practices of concepts, duties and responsibilities that fitness instructors perform on the job. The content applies to level 3 of the European Qualifications Framework.

Recommended Reading
2015-01-19 EuropeActive's Foundations for Exercise Professionals Human Kinetics
ISBN 1450423779 ISBN-13 9781450423779

EuropeActives Foundations for Exercise Professionals provides core knowledge and industry standards to help exercise professionals serve their clients. Endorsed by EuropeActive, the continents leading standard-setting organisation in fitness and health, this text is an authoritative guide for current and future exercise professionals and training providers in Europe.

The book uses scientific foundations to cover concepts and hands-on skills that promote best practices in exercise instruction and training. The content applies to all levels of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and associated job titlesthe only resource to do soand matches the core information for EQF levels 3 and 4. Thus, this instructional guide ensures smooth movement and work transfers among employers, educational institutions and countries in Europe.

Written by renowned experts in exercise and sport sciences and framed in the European Register of Exercise Professionals Code of Ethical Practice for exercise professionals, the text offers several practical features for readers:

Easy-to-apply instruction accompanied by 88 full-colour photos and 68 illustrations offer an ideal visual learning experience.

Complete descriptions and images detail proper form for common free-weight and machine-resistance training exercises.

Explanations and recommendations are included for the most popular cardiorespiratory exercise equipment.

Official nutrition recommendations prepare professionals to address clients concerns.

The complete Code of Ethical Practice serves as a guide for all exercise professionals in Europe.

EuropeActives Foundations for Exercise Professionals begins by covering the bones, joints, muscles and cardiovascular system to ensure a proper understanding of the bodys movement and physiology. Readers then learn the components of exercise theory and prescription, including energy systems; body composition; resistance, aerobic and flexibility training; warm-up and cool-down; and the principle of progression. The book helps professionals become role models in the industry with information on managing lifestyle through physical activity, health, nutrition, hydration and safety. After gaining foundational knowledge, readers will look closer at the role of the exercise professional, starting with building rapport, motivating, screening and assessing clients. The final chapters discuss the basic aspects of training: exercise technique using weight machines, free weights and cardiorespiratory equipment.

Both aspiring and qualified exercise professionals should keep abreast of foundational information about all areas of the health and fitness sector in order to properly serve the industry and their clients. EuropeActives Foundations for Exercise Professionals is an ideal reference for promoting physical activity, making lifestyles healthier and guiding clients toward their fitness goals.

Recommended Reading
2013-03-04 ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

The flagship title of the certification suite from the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSMs Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription is a handbook that delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to the certification candidate, the professional, and the student. The 9th edition focuses on evidence-based recommendations that reflect the latest research and clinical information. This manual is an essential resource for any health/fitness and clinical exercise professional, physician, nurse, physician assistant, physical and occupational therapist, dietician, and health care administrator. This manual gives succinct summaries of recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased patients.

Recommended Reading
2013-03-08 ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (Ascms Resource Manual for Guidlies for Exercise Testing and Prescription) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription was created as a complement to ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and elaborates on all major aspects of preventative rehabilitation and fitness programs and the major position stands of the ACSM. The 7th edition provides information necessary to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth in the new edition of Guidelines, and explains the science behind the exercise testing and prescription. ACSM's Resource Manual is a comprehensive resource for those working in the fitness and clinical exercise fields, as well as those in academic training.

Recommended Reading
2014-04-21 Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, 7E Human Kinetics

Through an integrated text and video combination, Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Seventh Edition (Enhanced), provides a comprehensive approach to physical fitness appraisal and exercise prescription. This resource includes more than 75 minutes of video content that help readers learn the techniques necessary for conducting fitness testing and program design. More than 40 video clips featuring common exercise assessments teach viewers the essentials of fitness testing, such as calibration of blood pressure cuffs, functional movement assessment, and push-up and pull-up testing. Students and professionals will also learn about common errors to avoid, as well as tips on interacting with clients.

The seventh edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription reflects current guidelines and recommendations, including new physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government, American Heart Association, and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as the latest ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing requirements before beginning exercise programs. Unlike introductory texts, which typically focus on field testing for evaluating physical fitness, this text includes both field and laboratory assessment techniques. Readers will find the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults, and field tests and norms for evaluating cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance.

Additional updates to the seventh edition include the following:
New research substantiating the link between physical activity and disease risk
Expanded information on prediabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and overweight and obesity, including updated statistics on the global prevalence of obesity
New dietary guidelines for Americans, including information on MyPlate
Inclusion of SCORE system to estimate 10-year risk of fatal cardiac event due to atherosclerosis
Expanded information on the use of technology to monitor physical activity
Updated information on the use of exergaming and social networking to promote physical activity and exercise
Additional OMNI pictorial scales for ratings of perceived exertion during exercise
Latest ACSM FITT-VP principle for designing aerobic exercise programs
Whole-body vibration as an adjunct to resistance training and flexibility training

Recommended Reading
2010-04-01 Exercise Testing and Prescription McGraw Hill Higher Education
ISBN 0071289496 ISBN-13 9780071289498

This comprehensive text describes fitness assessment and exercise prescription concepts. Exercise testing and prescription are presented within a health-related context, with practical applications for sports nutrition, weight management, the aging process, and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

ACSM (2013) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription (9th ed.). London: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

ACSM (2013) ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription (7th ed.). London: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Heyward, V. (2014) Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (7th Ed.). Leeds: Human Kinetics.

Nieman, D. (2011) Exercise Testing & Prescription: A Health-Related Approach (7th Ed.). New York:  McGraw-Hill.

Rieger T. et al (2015), EuropeActive's Foundations For Exercise Professionals: Core Knowledge for all EQF Levels. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

Rocha RS, Rieger T, & Jimenez A (2015), EuropeActive's Essentials For Fitness Instructors: Core Knowledge for EQF Level 3. Leeds: Human Kinetics.



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Additional Information

Practicals for this module requires suitable laboratory space in B2004 / B2006 or an equivalently equipped space.