Spring 2021 - BPK 141 C200

Theory of Exercise Program Design (3)

Class Number: 7595

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Mar 2, 2021
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Apr 21, 2021
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM



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.

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

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Required Readings are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase online through the SFU Bookstore's website. 

All courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40.This fee is not associated primarily with physical materials. This also supports developing tools and rich web resources embedded throughout the activities, assignments and videos.

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Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

NOTE: This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in Canvas.

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).