Fundamentals of Strength Conditioning


This module is intended to introduce students to methods of training employed within a strength and conditioning context. You will learn some of the major underpinning physiological and biomechanical components of human performance, and scientifically justified periodized methods for training to achieve specific goals. You will also gain an understanding of the acute and chronic effects of particular forms of training and the relationship between particular exercises and the sporting context. This will be coupled with a development of weightlifting techniques and coaching.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of strength and conditioning.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the scientific underpinnings of human force production.

2.  Demonstrate theoretical knowledge in various forms of training methods.

3.  Identify the SC requirements of various sports and design periodized short term programmes dealing with specific elements of these.

4.  Demonstrate practical competency and technical knowledge of weightlifting techniques.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to SC/ Functional Screening

Introduction to key terminology/concepts of SC and a fundamental understanding of basic functional athlete screening.

2 Introduction to Human Movement

An introduction to human anatomy and the mechanics of human force production (e.g., planes of movement, lever systems).

3 Introduction to Compound lifting

Introduction to the major compound exercises (e.g., Back/Front Squat, Dead−Lift, Bent−Over Row, Bench Press and an introduction to Weightlifting derivatives) with Key technical elements and coaching points associated with each lift.

4 Neuromuscular Physiology

Neuromuscular physiology and fibre types.

5 Plyometric Training

An introduction to the fundamental principles underpinning Plyometric Training (Stretch−Shortening −Cycle) and an understanding of the key technical coaching points.

6 Speed & Agility

An introduction to the fundamental principles underpinning speed and agility and an understanding of the key technical coaching points.

7 Principles of Training for Programme Design & Periodization

An understanding of the major variables involved when designing exercise training programmes for a diverse range of athlete scenarios, across strength/power and endurance programmes.

8 Sports Nutrition

Principles of periodised sports nutrition for S&C training programmes


Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module will be delivered by a series of interactive lectures, tutorials and practical workshops, which will involve formal delivery of material, in combination with practical development of weightlifting techniques. The assessment strategy will have two distinct parts and the module and will be assessed on a pass/fail basis: 1) There will be one written exam, which will consist of a multiple choice and a short answer section which will test your breadth of knowledge across the content of module content; 2) There will be a practical assessment in which your practical competency and technical knowledge of a squat variation and one other exercise will be tested. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student’s skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. These are assessed in the following way: Intellectual (learning outcome 1−5), Professional (LO 2,3,4),Personal (LO 3,4), Active Citizen (LO 2,3,4).

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 36
Unsupervised Practical Activity 36
Assessment 20
Independent 88

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.