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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 2021-2022

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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 the objectives of Training, sport demands and capacity profile analyzes.
  • Prepare training sessions, Micro, Meso and Macrocycle plans based on goals in 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.​

  • 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

Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam in 4 parts 1/1 6 Hours A - F None permitted

Each of the subtasks must be assessed as passed.

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 coordinator: Håvard Myklebust
Course teacher: Bjørnar Kjellstadli
Course teacher: Andreas Åvitsland
Course teacher: Eva Leibinger
Programme coordinator: Ivar Bjørnsen
Method of work
Lectures, group work, practical sessions and self-study.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto