Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science - Training Methods (IDR133)

The course introduces exercise science, training methods and includes basic training theories for how exercise can be planned, implemented and evaluated to achieve the best possible performance outcome.

Training principles and training methods are presented through theoretical and practical sessions (lessons).

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Basic training principles
  • Training planning with traditional periodization, training demand analysis, and objectives of training
  • Concepts and basic theory related to warm-up, endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, speed, agility, coordination and motor skills
  • Practical testing of training methods to develop the qualities mentioned above
  • Exercise duration and intensity management
  • Principles of test selection and administration

Learning outcome


The candidate must have knowledge of:

  • Key terms, principles and recognized training methods used in exercise science.
  • Theories related to warm-up, motor development and training of endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, speed, agility and coordination.
  • Performance-determining factors in various sports.
  • Age and gender-related differences and their consequences for exercise.
  • Simple performance tests and test procedures, as well as principles for test selection and order.


The candidate must be able to:

  • Determine sport demands and performe capacity profile analyzes, to determine "SMARTE" objectives for training in different sports.
  • Prepare training sessions, Micro, Meso and Macro-cycle plans, based on objectives of training and demands of various sports.
  • Apply the knowledge of intensity, volume and frequency to influence athletic performance.
  • Demonstrate basic lifting techniques and training exercises for warm-up, strength, speed, mobility, endurance and coordination.

General competence

The candidate must be able to:

  • Evaluate the use of recognized principles of periodization from individual and team sports.
  • Critically evaluate activities and training programs and their possible effect on athletic performance.​

Required prerequisite knowledge



2 written exams

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1 4/10 2 Hours Letter grades None permitted
Written exam 1 6/10 3 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Two written exams. The first exam consist of two parts: general training principles and motor skills. The other also consists of two parts: endurance- and strength/power/speed- training. On each of the two exams, the two parts must both be assessed as passed to acheive a passing grade.

Coursework requirements

Multiple choice exam 1, Multiple choice exam 2, Work requirements coordination and motor skills , Work requirements stamina, Work requirements strength/agility/speed, 80 % attendance

These are the mandatory assignments which students must pass to sit exams:

  • Complete multiple-choice quizzes for repetition after 80% of the theoretical lectures prior to exam 1 and exam 2.
  • Minimum 80% attendance in practical sessions.
  • For exam 1: approved assignment in coordination and motor skills
  • For exam 2: approved two assignments: one in aerobic training and one in strength/power/speed.

Each part consists of 1000-1500 words. If a part is not approved, one new attempt is given.

Students who have one or more of the assignments assessed as not approved on first submission are given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment(s) in an improved version. Students are not entitled to new tutoring hours when resubmitting.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Thomas Bjørnsen

Course teacher:

Espen Tønnessen

Course teacher:

Espen Tønnessen

Course coordinator:

Håvard Myklebust

Study Program Director:

Eva Leibinger

Course teacher:

Eva Leibinger

Study Adviser:

Ivar Bjørnsen

Method of work

Lectures, group work, practical sessions and self-study.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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