SPCO241-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (3/4)
Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (3/4)
3 Apr - 9 Apr
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Warehouse 122 Strength and Conditioning Lab (3/4)
Warehouse 120 Biomechanics Lab (3/4)
3 Apr - 9 Apr

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 50% Assess technique changes in several key lifts over a 6 week training block, and demonstrate delivery of several types of training sessions. This is due 5pm. Learning outcomes 2, 3.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Edited by Haff and Tiplett; Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning ; 4th edition; Human Kinetics, 2016.

Recommended Reading

CSCS; CSCS Study guide 2019 and 2020: CSCS Exam Content and Practice Test Prep Book for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Test ;

NSCA; NSCA's Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training ; 3rd edition;

Paul Laursen and Martin Buchheit (Eds); Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training ; Human Kinetics.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • SPCO241-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • SPCO241-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)