Conditioning for Sport and Physical Activity

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 1103
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides an overview of the concepts of physical health, fitness and well-being. Topics include physical fitness assessment, health-related versus skill-related fitness and the effects of exercise. Students will perform a variety of conditioning methods as well as gain experience with the design and application of exercise programs.
Course Content

1.Exercise in society
  1.1 Define physical fitness.
  1.2 Factors relating to hypo-kinetic conditions and sports injuries.
  1.3 Role of exercise with respect to children, adolescents, adults, seniors, athletes and special populations.
  1.4 Concepts of overload, stress, specificity and adaptation.

2.Components of physical fitness
  2.1 Components of health-related fitness
  2.2 Training processes associated with the development of health-related fitness.
  2.3 Training effects associated with the development of health-related fitness.
  2.4 Concepts of aerobic capacity and anaerobic capacity.
  2.5 Training processes associated with the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacities.
  2.6 Training effects associated with the development of aerobic and anaerobic capacities.
  2.7 Components of skill-related fitness.

3.Exercise programs
  3.1 Warm-up phase and the cool-down phase.
  3.2 Components and the effects of the warm-up and cool-down phases.
  3.3 Warm-up and cool-down procedures.
  3.4 Types of classic exercise programs.
  3.5 Types of contemporary exercise programs.
  3.6 Factors associated with the development of skill-related fitness.

4.Physical fitness assessment
  4.1 Role of physical fitness assessment with respect to exercise programs.
  4.2 Types of physical fitness assessment, to include; field tests, lab tests, and lab-like tests.
  4.3 Purpose of physical fitness assessment.
  4.4 Methods of physical fitness assessment.

5.Design and implementation of exercise programs
  5.1 Factors associated with the design of exercise programs.
  5.2 Factors associated with the monitoring and evaluation of exercise programs.
  5.3 Factors associated with injury prevention.
  5.4 Factors involved with the implementation of exercise programs.
  5.5 Implement, monitor and evaluate a personal exercise program.

6.Variables associated with exercise
  6.1 Exercise contraindications.
  6.2 Neuromuscular effects of stress and relaxation.
  6.3 Relationship of nutrition to exercise.
  6.4 Effects associated with physical inactivity.
  6.5 Musculoskeletal concepts associated with the care of the back.
  6.6 Motivational factors involved in adhering to an exercise program.
  6.7 Positive and negative effects of exercise on personal health.
  6.8 Effects of exercise on growth and development.
  6.9 Fitness and wellness from a life-long perspective.


Methods Of Instruction

1. Lecture

2. Discussion groups (in class and online)

3. Guest presenters

4. Practical instruction and experience

5. Student presentations

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will include the following:

Professionalism 5-20%
Labs and Assignments 5-30%
Fitness Leadership Project 5-30%
Personal Fitness Program 5-30%
Mid-Term Exam 5-25%
Final Exam 5-25%
TOTAL 100%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student will be able to: 

  1. Discuss the role of exercise in society.
  2. Describe the components of health-related and skill-related fitness.
  3. Describe and demonstrate contemporary exercise programs.
  4. Describe and apply the principles of physical fitness assessment.
  5. Design and implement exercise programs.
  6. Describe and discuss the relationship of exercise with growth and development factors, health concepts, nutrition concepts and the prevention of exercise-related injuries.
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the instructor's course outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. A possible text for this course is:

Powers, 2019. Total Fitness and Wellness, 8th edition.




No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 1103
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SPEX 1XX (3)
Camosun College (CAMO) DOUG SPSC 1103 (3) & DOUG SPSC 1105 (3) = CAMO SPEX 110 (3) & CAMO SPEX 1XX (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG KINS 1103 (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC HKIN 103 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BPK 143 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HES 1st (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 120 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 103 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU KIN 230 (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

Start Date
End Date
- 10-Jul-2022
This course is offered in a hybrid delivery format; students will complete a significant portion of the course material online and outside of the classroom in a self-directed manner.
New Westminster - North Bldg.
12:30 - 15:20