Courses & Units

Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning CXA304


This unit will provide a basic/general introduction to the scientific principles, concepts and processes involved in comparative movement analysis and strength and conditioning. This unit exposes students to the use of appropriate coaching methodologies, the implementation of various technologies in movement analysis, and provide new knowledge regarding functional human anatomy and physiology and how it relates to human performance and movement execution.


Unit name Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning
Unit code CXA304
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nathan Pitchford
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key movement components that influence the execution of resistance training exercises and skilled movements.
  • Describe the anatomy, physiology, and functional contribution of skeletal muscle tissue to resistance training exercises and skilled movements
  • Explain the basic neural, hormonal and skeletal muscle adaptations in response to common forms of exercise training and prescription
  • Implement appropriate coaching, communication and feedback processes to teach common resistance training exercises
  • Utilise technology to assist coaching and exercise testing/monitoring during the execution of resistance training exercises and skilled movements

Fee Information

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Teaching Pattern

Practical – 2 hours (12 weeks)

AssessmentTechnology Analysis (20%)|Movement Analysis, Poster Presentation and Paper (25%)|Practical Assessment of coaching (25%)|Mid-semester Exam (30%)
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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition with Web Resource Author: NSCA-National Strength and Conditioning Association ISBN: 9781492501626


Baker, D. (2001). Science and practice of coaching a strength training program for novice and intermediate-level athletes. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 23(2), 61.

  1. Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
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