SPCO241-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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.


Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject, or
any 15 points at 100 level in SPCO.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 - (25/3, 22/4-6/5)
Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (19/2-18/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 10 May
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 - (24/4-15/5)
Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (21/2-6/3, 20/3)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (21/2-6/3, 20/3)
17 Feb - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 17 May
02 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 - (23/4-14/5)
Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (20/2-5/3, 19/3)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (20/2-5/3, 19/3)
17 Feb - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 17 May
03 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 - (24/4-15/5)
Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (21/2-6/3, 20/3)
Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (21/2-6/3, 20/3)
17 Feb - 8 Mar
16 Mar - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 17 May

Course Coordinator

Carl Petersen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
1.5 hour test 50% Covers the theoretical content of the course delivered in the first 6 weeks. Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5. Time to be confirmed.
Athlete Profile and Technique Assignment 18 May 2020 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. Learning outcomes 2, 3.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* 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

  • SPCO241-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • SPCO241-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)