Health Related Fitness Assessment and Programming


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students understanding of physiological adaptations to exercise from a health related viewpoint. This will be achieved by detailing salient acute and chronic adaptations from the whole− body level down to the cellular level. Students will examine acute and chronic outcomes of training to improve health and how to assess these outcomes using physiological tests. This module provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of how to use the results of testing data to schedule exercise programmes.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: an understanding of exercise adaptations that promote good health.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and scientific basis of health related fitness testing and training.

2.  Explain and critique acute and chronic responses to exercise.

3.  Critically appraise and be proficient in a range of assessments of health related fitness.

Indicative Content

1 Acute and chronic adaptation to training

Students will learn how the different physiological systems in the body adapt, both in the short term and longer term, to training.

2 Cellular physiology

Cellular physiology− students will learn some of the cellular adaptations that occur in the body in response to training.

3 Training for heath

Training for health− students will learn how to elucidate such adaptations through exercise training.

4 Testing for change

Students will learn a range of suitable tests to measure change in the body from a health related viewpoint.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student’s skills in accordance with Abertay Graduate Attributes. A particular focus, is knowledge development and the refinement of critical thinking on topical issues in Health Physiology. Students will spend time during the module learning how to interact with clients in a professional manner while gaining practical laboratory skills designed to enhance employability. To achieve these aims, learning activities will be embedded in every teaching medium utilised in this module. Students will be offered feed forward and drop in session support in addition to supervised lab time.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 10
Unsupervised Practical Activity 28
Assessment 38
Independent 100

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.