Spring 2023 - BPK 342 OL01

Active Health (3)

Class Number: 7638

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Feb 13, 2023
    Mon, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

    Apr 15, 2023
    Sat, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 105 (or 205), 142 and 143.



An extension of BPK 143, Exercise Management, this course parallels the on-campus course BPK 343. This course is designed for students completing the health and fitness certificate and/or a kinesiology minor. The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to appreciate principles of exercise leadership, assess individual fitness needs, design programs and monitor effects of prescribed exercise. This course is available only through distance education. Biomedical Physiology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Kinesiology majors and honours students may not receive credit for BPK 342. Students with credit for BPK 343 may not take this course for further credit.


BPK 342 is a third-year university, 13-week, credit course designed for those pursuing a Minor in Kinesiology or students with an interest in exercise prescription who have the prerequisites.  The course prerequisites, BPK 105 or 205, BPK 142, and BPK 143, should have given you a solid understanding of the required musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology required to design a personal fitness plan. BPK 342 extends that knowledge to help you assess fitness and design exercise programs for others.

BPK 342 topics are similar to those taught in BPK 343 Active Health: Assessment and Programming, an on-campus course for Kinesiology majors.  In addition, some topics that are taught in BPK 340 Active Health: Behaviour and Promotion are integrated into BPK 342. Kinesiology majors may not take BPK 342 for credit; they should take BPK 340 and BPK 343 instead.  BPK 342 has activities that you do on your own as substitutes for on-campus laboratory sessions.  In BPK 342 you will ideally find healthy volunteer subjects so you can assess their fitness.

  • Study Unit 1: Health, Fitness and Critical Thinking
  • Study Unit 2: Behaviour Change
  • Study Unit 3: Exercise Safety and Professional Concepts
  • Study Unit 4: Pre-Exercise Screening
  • Study Unit 5: Fitness Appraisal - General Concepts
  • Study Unit 6: BPK 342 Fitness Assessments
  • Study Unit 7: Advanced Training Concepts
  • Study Unit 8: Aerobic Conditioning and High Intensity Interval Training
  • Study Unit 9: Resistance Training, Power and Performance Training
  • Study Unit 10: Mobility, Posture and Balance (Neuromotor Training)
  • Study Unit 11: Improving Body Composition
  • Study Unit 12: Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids
  • Study Unit 13: Review: Fitness, Health and the Personal Trainer


Course content will be delivered remotely through CANVAS. 
Midterm and Final exams will be written on-campus in-person.


  • Take a "client-centered" approach to fitness counselling.
  • Assist clients to set goals and communicate effectively with clients.
  • Perform fitness assessments that assess different components of fitness and interpret the results.
  • Explain how various fitness assessments have been developed and validated.
  • Design safe and effective exercise programs for healthy adults with different fitness goals.
  • Appreciate the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing fitness leaders.


  • Assignment 1 5%
  • Assignment 2 5%
  • Assignment 3 5%
  • Assignment 4 5%
  • Online Fitness Assessments 10%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 40%


Course content will be delivered remotely through CANVAS. 
Midterm and Final exams will be written on-campus in-person.



The following medical equipment items are not expensive and will allow you to complete the activities and assignments in this course.  If you do not chose to buy a stethoscope & blood pressure cuff you can ask your client to go to a pharmacy and use their automated BP systems (nearly all pharmacies provide this service).  You must get a BP reading as part of the pre-exercise screening, whether you take the readings yourself or get an automatic reading.

  1. Heart rate monitor
  2. Anthropometric tape measure
  3. Stethoscope and Blood pressure cuff


Leyland, A. J. Bott, Carmen (2021). Exercise Programming Science and Practice. Simon Fraser University Publications. 2nd Edition. 


These are provided as links and PDF’s


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html