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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Applied Health Related Fitness
Module Code SS127
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Nolan
Semester 2: David Nolan
Autumn: David Nolan
Module TeachersDavid Nolan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Students will be required to re-submit coursework

The module explores the principles of assessment of clients ranging from athletes to elderly with a view to informing the prescription an exercise programme. The key areas of body composition, cardiovascular fitness, and muscle strength and power are detailed. Other topics covered throughout the module include: assessing the health status of the client including measurement of blood pressure, resting heart rate, height, weight, BMI, body fat, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, spirometry and other condition specific measurements; safe prescription of exercise for category a and b patients based upon assessment results including calculation of safe and effective exercise intensity; identification of appropriate modes, frequencies, duration for condition-specific exercise prescription; identification of contraindications to exercise for specific conditions; indirect and direct assessment of fitness parameters for monitoring and evaluating exercise prescription. Students will get hands-on experience of performing fitness testing and compile a portfolio of data collected during these practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appraise the value of needs analysis and pre-participation screening in sport and health-related fitness testing
2. Translate the concepts of health- and skill-related components of physical fitness into assessments of physical fitness
3. Execute a range of sport and health-related fitness tests
4. Design a sport and health-related fitness test battery specific to a client of interest

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Weekly synchronous lectures
Laboratory36Practical classes on methods of fitness assessment
Independent Study77No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Components of fitness

Needs analysis of client in sport and health-related fitness assessment

Pre-participation screening and risk assessment

Assessments of body composition

Assessments of cardiovascular fitness

Assessment of strength and power

Assessment of sports-related fitness

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioEnd of year portfolio consisting of i) A 500 word reflection on the value of needs analysis; ii) A report of data collected; iii) Rationale for and detail of a fitness testing battery.100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    SSHBSc Sport Science and Health

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