Resistance Training

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Resistance Training

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Physical Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit aims to equip students with the basic knowledge, skills and competencies required for exercise prescription in resistance training for muscular fitness. Students build on prior knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and motor control to develop understanding of the mechanical and physiological determinants of muscular fitness. The unit incorporates a blend of theoretical background, practical knowledge and skills in the main areas of muscular hypertrophy, strength, power and endurance. This understanding is then used to critically analyse resistance training programs.
    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course students who have attended lectures and practical sessions and completed assigned readings should:
    1. Understand the physiological basis of neuromuscular performance in resistance training;
    2. Understand the acute responses to and chronic adaptations consequent to resistance training;
    3. Understand the impact that resistance training can have on physical performance and body composition;
    4. Be able to plan, instruct and supervise well designed resistance training programs for a variety of performance and health goals;
    5. Understand how resistance training can be incorporated into a general fitness program;
    6. Understand the common misconceptions and contentious issues that relate to resistance training;
    7. Understand the age-related issues that arise when prescribing heavy resistance exercise to children and the elderly;
    8. Understand the potential benefits to health brought about as a consequence of resistance training; and
    9. Recognise the limitations of the evidence base for the exercise prescription of resistance training and be able to independently source current peer-reviewed scientific evidence that relates to the prescription of resistance training.
    The course covers the physiological bases of strength and power, the acute physiological responses to resistance training, the physiological adaptations consequent to chronic resistance training, the nature of the improvements/changes in strength, power and body composition that resistance training causes, basic principles of resistance training program design and how resistance training programs fit in with other types of physical training programs. There is also an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills that should enable successful students to apply what they have learnt to the field of musculo-skeletal rehabilitation.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The unit will incorporate lectures, practical demonstrations, and practice of strength training exercises. Successful students will be able to provide safe and effective advice regarding the prescription of resistance training programs, understand the rationale for that advice and have some awareness of the evidence base upon which such rationales are based. The practical component of the unit will focus on the development of instructional skills that will allow successful students to safely and effectively teach and supervise resistance training exercises. Significant time will be provided for students to practise these skills.
    To pass this unit students must pass (score 50% or better) both the theoretical (Assessment items 1 + 3) and practical (assessment item 2) components of the unit.
    Assessment name: Mid-semester Exam
    Description: (Summative Assessement). A theory examination of course material delivered prior to this date.
    Relates to objectives: 1-5.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-semester
    Assessment name: Presentation/Oral
    Description: (Summative Assessment). The student will be assessed with regard to their ability to demonstrate and/or instruct a range of resistance training exercises, design resistance training programs and identify errors in resistance training programs. Their knowledge of exercise technique and the effects of variations in exercise technique will be examined orally
    Relates to objectives: 4, 5 and 6.
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Weeks 11 & 12
    Assessment name: Final Exam
    Description: (Summative Assessment). A comprehensive theory examination of all course material.
    Relates to objectives: 1-8.
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Central exam period

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