Module details for 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 compound lifting and weightlifting derivatives 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:

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

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

4.  Understand the scientific underpinnings of human force production.

4.  Demonstrate practical competency and technical knowledge of compound lifting techniques.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to S and C/ Functional Screening

Introduction to key terminology/concepts of S and C 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Practical Activity 72
Assessment 20
Independent 88
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.