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SES2000 : Principles of Strength and Conditioning

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Owen Jeffries
  • Lecturer: Dr Emma Cockburn, Dr Iain Spears, Mr Richard Eaton, Dr Sam Orange
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to provide a foundation in the principles of strength and conditioning and to understand how adaptations in muscle structure and function can improve human performance.

There is an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of muscle physiology, principles of human movement and training program design. This module will enable the student to study and understand key concepts of strength and conditioning and implement this knowledge into a training and rehabilitation program. Students will gain insight into the role of the strength and conditioning specialist in a range of different sports and populations.

Outline Of Syllabus

On successful completion of this module students will be able to understand:

•       Anatomical basis of skeletal muscle
•       Force – length relationship
•       Force – velocity curve
•       Neuromuscular control
•       Hypertrophy
•       Muscle damage and recovery
•       Molecular adaptations to training.
•       Training program design
•       Integration of S&C in special populations
•       Rehabilitation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials42:008:00Non-synchronous delivery of lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation for assessments
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities42:008:00Non-sync - Directed learning. Data analysis following practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading162:0032:00Reading in addition to recommended lecture material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00PIP
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:00Directed learning 4 seminar follow up analysis. Data revision non-sync following seminar
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities162:0032:00Directed learning from lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity162:0032:00To follow lecture material/seminar content
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be structured into 6 themes whereby specific content will be covered related to this theme to enable the student to fully explore within the confines of the theme. Structured guided learning will support lectures whereby students will explore key focused research papers alongside guided supplemental tasks/questions designed by the lecturer. This will encourage students to explore independently in greater depth. These sessions will be further supplemented with formative research seminars where key papers designed to facilitate students coursework submission will be explored and industry expert videos will be recorded and added deliver expert practical S&C insight. Practical sessions will be conducted present-in-person to provide students with opportunities to learn techniques, methods of assessment and monitoring in a strength and conditioning gym. Defined hours for reflective learning will promote the student to evaluate their learning so far and identify weaknesses that need to be followed up by further reading. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Invigilated examination - 4 Short-Answer Questions - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M501500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The case study report will provide students with the opportunity to critique, appraise and interpret pertinent strength and conditioning research within an applied context. The examination will test students’ factual knowledge and application of knowledge from material covered throughout the module.

Reading Lists