Planning Training Programs for Elite Athletes - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignments - Application assignments (60%) , Online Discussion - 10 Discussion Forums (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,035.00
International 2,285.00

This unit will provide a critical review of the theory and practice of training methodologies. Students will develop individualised training programs demonstrating an understanding and application of the concepts of periodisation, training age, growth and development factors and recovery. The importance of a balanced approach to sport and life will be emphasised in the planning process.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important physiological principles as they apply to training an elite athlete
  2. describe the body composition and biomotor abilities of elite performers in their sport (and/or positions within a team) and special nutritional needs
  3. locate and critically evaluate recommended performance evaluation practices for their sport
  4. conduct, review and understand performance analysis tests for athletes in their sport that assesses strength, power, energy system capacity and lactate test data
  5. review previous training programs and evaluate whether they are physiologically sound according to the specific needs of an athlete
  6. design a comprehensive annual training program for an athlete in their sport.
  • Assignments — Application assignments (60%)
  • Online Discussion — 10 Discussion Forums (20%)
  • Quizzes — 6 Quizzes (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PES7201 — Planning Training Programs for Elite Athletes
  • Broadband access — Note: A fairly fast internet speed is required for the interactive lecture modules

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1INTRODUCTION: Athlete development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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