Planning and Implementation of the Training Process

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C6S612 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C6S624 Strength and Conditioning

Module description

This module will present to students, through a wide range of theoretical, empirical and practical evidence, methods that can be used to design, monitor and implement techniques to optimally structure athletes' training activities.

The module will outline a variety of programming approaches related to such issues as athletes' needs analyses, training periodisation and the application of a multitude of different training types. Students will develop their ability to critically analyse the wide range of techniques that they can apply to athletes operating in a variety of different contexts.

Module aims

1. To develop students’ understanding of the theoretical rationale that underpins the application of the optimal training techniques to develop sports performance.

2. To develop students’ ability to independently plan, programme and apply a variety of strength and conditioning techniques based on the demands of sport and the needs of the athlete.

Module learning outcomes

1. Critically evaluate strength and conditioning techniques in order to plan sound and appropriate training sessions for a variety of athlete populations.
2. Determine the rationale for the implementation of strength and conditioning techniques used in professional practice.
3. Understand the ways in which training can be programmed and monitored over time to enhance the condition of the athlete.

Module information

Indicative syllabus:

1. Principles of training prescription
2. Establishing the needs of the athlete
3. The theory of periodisation
4. Supercompensation and the utilisation of training residuals
5. The construction of long-term training programmes
6. Concurrent training and the interference effect
7. The rationale of athlete monitoring
8. Advanced methods of testing and monitoring fitness
9. The design and application of resistance training programmes
10. The science of muscular hypertrophy
11. The theory and application of plyometric training
12. Alternative methods of strength and power development
13. Development of speed, agility and change of direction ability
14. Development of repeated sprint ability and endurance
15. Exercise programming considerations for the youth athlete
16. Implementation of models of youth athletic development
17. The utilisation of strength and conditioning techniques for injury prevention
18. Training the older athlete
19. Physiology of the female athlete
20. Training the female athlete

Learning and teaching methods

The module will encompass a series of lectures that will be delivered online in a pre-recorded format making them easily accessible to students who have varying schedules or life circumstances that impact their ability to access the lectures at time of delivery.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Online live presentation    25% 
Coursework   Training programme - written report     75% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jason Moran, email:
Dr Jason Moran, Dr Louis Howe, Dr Jamie Tallent, Dr Nicholas Clark.
SRES Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Thomas Ian Gee
University of Lincoln
Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning
Available via Moodle
Of 1 hours, 1 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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