module specification

ST4F05 - Session Planning and Motivational Programming (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Session Planning and Motivational Programming
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   CWK (1500 words)
In-Course Test 25%   Session (45 minutes)
In-Course Test 25%   1 hour CV and Resistance
Coursework 25%   Programming and Motivation Case Studies (1200 words)
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

Personal training session planning and implementation. The module takes the student from theoretical planning guidelines into a gym setting in order to practice sessions. It is designed to allow personal trainers to create safe and successful programmes that allow clients to achieve  their goals, but also with a focus on awareness of continual progression and the changing needs of clients.  The module covers general and specific client group programming. This module strengthens and deepens knowledge about Motivational Psychology, clarifying the importance of key areas of Psychology in improving sport performance and exercise participation.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to provide students with grounding in session planning that are relevant to the National Occupational Standards and Quality Assurance Agency guidelines. A major part of this module includes specific requirements for access to the Register of Exercise Professionals.
It aims to provide students with theoretical and practical experience in order to implement in the fitness industry. The aims include the students reflecting on their session practice in a gym environment, creation of creative programmes and understanding how motivation affects both personal training clients and strength and conditioning athletes.

Other aims include giving the students awareness of goal setting and the need to adapt the programmes they write for real world clients.


The WHY? of session planning and record keeping to include running and charting each session that the students complete. Within the gym environment it will include client management and teaching the students to self and peer evaluate. Health and safety will also be discussed. For the programming element this will include progressive planning, goal setting and monitoring and reviewing students written programmes.

Motivation will be covered with specific reference to client behaviour change, adherence to exercise, client behaviour styles and how to agree long term change to client’s lifestyles.

Learning and teaching

This module includes both lecture and practical elements. The design will be on a 2 hour lecture followed by a 2 hour practical in a gym environment. These sessions will be supported by the use of the College VLE – Moodle. All support materials will be available to the students on this platform to allow the students to access information 24 hours.
The students will be encouraged to add to a training glossary as they progress through the contact hours. This module will be incorporated into the PDP programme recorded on ProMonitor at the college site.

Learning outcomes

1. Design, implement, and evaluate session plans through written and oral means
2. Level 3 application of number: plan their approach to obtaining and using information, choose appropriate methods for obtaining the results they need and justify their choice. Use of % repetition maximum, repetition/set ranges and using numerical goals
3. Produce, monitor, review and demonstrate concepts with programming fitness regimes
4. Be able to show transferable skills necessary for employment in a practical manner with due regard to for professional practice
Demonstrate and evaluate knowledge of the underlying concepts of the role of motivation in clients

Assessment strategy

This module allows the student to be assessed in a practical observation scenarios (50% Learning outcomes 1,4). This is particularly relevant to industry guidelines and national occupational standards. Programming will be assessed using written programmes for different clients using real working examples. The theory of training in sessions will be in form of an essay and case studies (50% learning outcomes 2,3,5)


Essential Reading:
ACSM (2013) ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer (American College/Sports Medicine) (4th Edition) Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Recommended Reading:
Ansell, M. (2008) Personal Training. Learning Matters

Baechle, T.R.  (2008). Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning.  Champaign, IL.: 3rd edition. Human Kinetics

NASM (2011) NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. (4th Edition) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Weinberg, R., & Gould, D. (2010). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (5th ed.). Human Kinetics Publishers.
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Sport Science and Medicine
Strength and Conditioning Journal NSCA