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 2023-2024. 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



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam in 4 parts 1/1 6 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Each of the subtasks must be assessed as passed to acheive a passing grade.

Coursework requirements

Multiple choice, 80 % attendance, Group assignments
Terms and Conditions for participation in the exam:
  • Complete a minimum of 80% of the short multiple-choice quizzes introduced after the theoretical lectures.
  • Minimum 80% attendance in practical sessions.
  • Approved group assignment in 3 parts: 1. Aerobic training, 2. Anaerobic training, 3. Coordination and motor skills. Each part consists of 1000-1500 words. If a part is not approved, a new attempt is given.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Thomas Bjørnsen

Course teacher:

Espen Tønnessen

Course teacher:

Espen Tønnessen

Course coordinator:

Håvard Myklebust

Course teacher:

Bjørnar Kjellstadli

Course teacher:

Andreas Åvitsland

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 coordinator, the student 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 course 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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