Fitness Assessment and Programming – EXSC 660

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is a study of the laboratory and field tests used for assessing physical fitness components as well as principles of exercise prescription. Test results are used in developing individualized exercise prescriptions to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body weight and body composition, and flexibility.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide students a greater understanding of how to successfully access physical fitness. With this knowledge students will learn how to plan, develop, and carry out individualized exercise prescriptions to improve on the assessed fitness components.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview when discussing the principles of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription.
  2. Identify and prescribe various exercise and conditioning programs for development of each physical fitness component.
  3. Examine the various principles and programs for weight management.
  4. Examine practical applications in using field and laboratory tests for the appraisal of physical fitness status and the design of exercise and weight-management programs.
  5. Develop and design individualized physical fitness programs.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 citation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 citation.

The student will write a 2–3-page paper in response to a provided Case Study Question. Each question will cover at least 1 if not multiple content areas for each module/week.

The student will write a 1–2-page proposal, selecting a client and briefly providing the elements he/she plans to include for the Comprehensive Exercise Program Design.

The student will prepare a comprehensive 8–12-page program design appropriate for a self-selected client. Elements of the program design must include a mission statement, client profile, health history, lifestyle history, and goals in various training areas. The student must also include a 6–8-week training cycle chart. The paper must include 3–5 references in an additional reference page.