SPCO241-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the position of strength and conditioning coaches in both occupational and sporting environments. Practical skills using modern strength and conditioning techniques and technologies will be developed. Students will be required to coach and analyse the performance of two participants from an occupational / sport perspective through the duration of the course.

This course will enable students to gain practical  experience and confidence to prescribe, monitor  and evaluate fitness training and conditioning  programmes. Evaluate the latest fitness trends  and recognise gimmicks and fads.

Learning in SPCO241 will contribute knowledge required for mastery of the requirements for the NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) qualification.

This course will be on interest to athletes, personal trainers, and coaches who wish to grow their knowledge and practical skills around Strength and Conditioning training to support their own training or that of athletes they are coaching.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the rationale and place of strength and conditioning coaches working with individuals in occupational and sporting environments, and the interactions with other coaching / medical support staff members;
2. Apply modern technologies and methods in analysing movement quality;
3. Be able to demonstrate and execute key exercise movements and provide insightful feedback to correct technique;
4. Be able to effectively present strength and conditioning information to other coaching staff and, acting in a coaching context, deliver effective information to clients;
5. Develop measurable and progressive strength and conditioning programmes, with quantifiable results.


1) 15 points in any courses, or 2) enrolment in GradCertSpC, or 3) approval by Programme Coordinator

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (8/4)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (8/4)
8 Apr - 14 Apr
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (8/4)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (8/4)
8 Apr - 14 Apr
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (9/4)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (9/4)
8 Apr - 14 Apr
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (9/4)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (9/4)
8 Apr - 14 Apr

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 18:00 - 19:30 Rehua 530 8 Apr - 14 Apr

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Carl Petersen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
1.5 hour test 08 Apr 2019 50% Covers the theoretical content of the course delivered in the first 6 weeks. Monday 8 April, 6-7:30pm
Athlete Profile and Technique Assignment 20 May 2019 50% Firstly, assess technique changes in several key lifts over the course of a 6 week training block. Secondly, demonstrate how you deliver several types of training sessions. This will be due by 9am.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Haff, Greg , Triplett, N. Travis, National Strength & Conditioning Association (U.S.); Essentials of strength training and conditioning; Fourth edition; Human Kinetics, 2016.

Recommended Reading

APEX Test Prep Personal Trainer Test Prep Team , National Strength & Conditioning Association (U.S.); CSCS study guide 2018 & 2019 :CSCS exam content & practice test prep book for the NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Test; Apex Test Prep Personal Trainer Test Prep Team, 2018.

Laursen, Paul,1971- , Laursen, Paul, Buchheit, Martin; Science and application of high-intensity interval training :solutions to the programming puzzle; Human Kinetics, 2018.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions in the University of Canterbury Calendar and the Assessment Guidelines for Students: Assessment, Referencing and Written Assignment Preparation in the BSpC coursebook.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99


We strongly advise that you participate in all the course learning activities provided on Learn. We also suggest that you communicate with the course lecturer on a regular basis as required to ensure that you are able to demonstrate an understanding of all the learning outcomes. Insufficient participation in the course may jeopardise your ability to pass the course.


Students will be asked to complete course and teacher evaluations, using the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring surveys.  Survey responses are conducted electronically and are confidential. The Faculty of Education will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


Students should refer to the Bachelor of Sport Coaching Course Handbook and course regulations for further information on course completing assignments and assessment.
The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online at:
The specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/documents/calendar/faculty_of_education.pdf.
The College of Education assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, aegrotat procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:
The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found in the course outline which will be provided by your course lecturer at the start of the course.

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.)  Notes on APA referencing can also be found in the BSpC course handbook. Each assessment submission requires a completed cover sheet (available on-line).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer and complete the appropriate extension form. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmits are available for this course. This assessment procedure applies from 2015 onwards.

Aegrotat Considerations

Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation H: Aegrotat Consideration and Aegrotat Consideration: Procedures in the UC Policy Library.

Partial Exemption from Assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Where to submit and collect work

Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.  

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for student to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All SPCO241 Occurrences

  • SPCO241-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019
  • SPCO241-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)