Module details for Health Related Fitness Assessment and Programming


In this module students will learn the principles of assessment and exercise programming, examine acute and chronic outcomes of training to improve health and undertake several physiological/fitness tests. Students will also learn how to use the fitness tests results to plan, implement and evaluate individualised and safe evidence-based exercise programmes that will help clients achieve their health goals.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with : understanding of the theoretical/scientific basis as well as practical skills necessary to design and undertake health-related fitness testing and programming.

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 Basic principles of assessment and programming

2 Health screening and pre-exercise evaluation

3 Exercise programming for health

4 Acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise

5 Programming and adaptations for special populations

6 Assessing body composition

8 Assessing muscle strength, endurance and flexibility testing

9 Assessing functional fitness

9 Assessing cardiorespiratory endurance

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 40
Assessment 38
Independent 100
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.