Spring 2020 - BPK 141 C100

Theory of Exercise Program Design (3)

Class Number: 5676

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Mar 3, 2020
    7:00 PM – 8:10 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

    Apr 14, 2020
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby



An introduction to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical knowledge required to develop effective training regimes and implementation of this knowledge in exercise program design. Behavioural Neuroscience, Biomedical Physiology, and Kinesiology honours, majors and minor students may not receive credit for BPK 141. Students with credit for BPK 143 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


This course is designed to introduce you to the basic areas of exercise management and exercise physiology. A secondary goal is to encourage you to develop and participate in a progressive and varied exercise regime that will help you determine your own lifetime fitness goals. The importance of individual variation and personal exercise prescription will be emphasized.

Theoretical Component: In this course you will: Consider that humans need to exercise in order to achieve optimal health, due to evolutionary pressures that shaped our genome. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body as it responds to exercise. Develop an understanding of how the body adapts to various exercise modalities. Describe the principles of exercise. Apply this theoretical grounding in a safe and effective exercise program design. Critique fitness and health information from a scientific perspective.
Practical Component: In this course you will: Start and persevere in an exercise program designed to improve the major components of fitness. To experience enhanced physiological functioning. To monitor improvements in physiological functioning by the administration of regular fitness tests. To redesign the fitness regime and develop a personalized fitness program.

Note: Adds are not permitted after the second week of classes.


  • Assignments 27%
  • Fitness Submission 8%
  • Mid-term Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 45%



Exercise Programming Science and Practice 2017, Leyland
ISBN: 9781772870145

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

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Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

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Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

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Registrar Notes:

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