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Fitness Assessment & Prescription

Course Code: SPSC 4161
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to develop fitness assessment programs, including the development of conditioning programs based on the results of these assessment programs. The curriculum is driven by practical experience to provide students with supervised opportunities to develop proficiency in the assessment techniques. This course is delivered in classroom, laboratory, weight room, and gymnasium settings.

Course Content

1. Preliminary Health Screening
  1.1. Preliminary health evaluation
  1.2. Testing procedures for heart rate and blood pressure
2. Principles of Fitness Assessment
  2.1. The essential components of a physical fitness profile
  2.2. The purposes of fitness tests
  2.3. Field tests versus laboratory tests
3. Assessment of Aerobic Power:
  3.1. Direct determination of VO2 max
  3.2. Indirect determination via:
    3.2.1. Maximal tests
    3.2.2. Sub-maximal tests
4. Assessment of Metabolic Capacity:
  4.1. Mean and peak anaerobic power
  4.2. Fatigue index
  4.3. Lactate Analysis
    4.3.1. Identification of lactate threshold
    4.3.2. Quantitative Lactate Production
5. Assessing Muscular Strength and Endurance:
  5.1. Standard load testing
  5.2. Relative load testing
  5.3. 1-repetition maximum
  5.4. Sub-maximal testing
6. Assessing Neuromuscular Function:
  6.1. Motor unit activation
7. Assessing Body Composition:
  7.1. Anthropometry
    7.1.1. Girth measurements
    7.1.2. Height to weight ratios
  7.2. Lean body mass analysis
    7.2.1. Skinfolds
    7.2.2. Bioelectrical impedance
8. Assessing Joint Range of Motion:
  8.1. Flexibility testing
9. Facility Administration
  9.1. Calibration and maintenance of equipment
  9.2. Group testing
  9.3. Health and safety issues pertaining to maximal fitness testing
  9.4. Designing fitness testing documents
10. Designing Aerobic Training Programs
  10.1. Aerobic training methods and modes
11. Designing Resistance Training Programs
  11.1. Resistance training types and methods
  11.2. Exercise programs for low back care

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group Assessment Projects
  • Technology-based Learning
  • Practical Laboratory Sections

Means of Assessment

Practical Assessment Labs (6) 60%
Practical Exam 20%
Written Final Exam 20%

Learning Outcomes

Through instruction and practical learning outcomes, students will learn detailed descriptions of a range of accepted fitness assessment methods applicable for general, elite and rehabilitative populations. Generous practical demonstration will facilitate mastery of techniques, procedures, and norms for accurate and effective fitness testing. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to successfully apply these techniques in both individual and group testing situations.

course prerequisites

SPSC 3275 or permission of the instructor

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.