Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The course aims to introduce the basic principles for training of functional ability and health promoting exercises. Focus is also on understanding the importance of and gaining experience of instructing adapted physical training.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to
- be able to describe principles of physical training and their importance for health
- know about different physical activities and be able to instruct healthy people and persons with special needs in different exercises
- understand the importance of the social aspect of group activities
- be able to consider individual needs in planning and interventions
- show basic skills in first aid

Course contents

- training principles for developing general physical fitness, endurance, strength, elasticity, mobility, coordination and balance
- muscle physiology
- fitness training in the gym
- didactics in group training sessions
- how to write instruction plans
- using music to support exercises
- principles for water exercises and adapted training
- first aid

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No prerequisites

Previous course names

Physical Education and Health

Additional information

Group FT12
The theory part of the course is in period 3, spring 2013. As the practical lessons take place during autumn 2013 and spring 2014 part of the credits (1 cu) of the course is given after this.

Recommended or required reading

Annerstedt, C. m.fl. Idrottsundervisning - Ämnet idrott och hälsas didaktik (specific parts)
Assmussen, P. et al. 1998. Lihashuolto, hieronta, kuntosaliharjoittelu, teippaus ja venyttely. VK-kustannus. ISBN 951-9147-35-7
Autio, T. 1995. Liiku ja leiki. VK-Kustannus Oy. Jyväskylä. ISBN 951-9147-28-4
Bjålie, J. 1998. Människokroppen - Fysiologi och anatomi. Liber. Stockholm. ISBN 91-47-04919-7
Delavier, F. 2003. Lihaskuntoharjoittelun anatomia. VK-Kustannus. ISBN 951-9147-47-1
Mälkiä, E. 2002. Uusi erityisliikunta. Tammer-paino. Tampere. ISBN 951-898264-3.
Suominen, M et al. 2001. Ikääntyvien liikunta, terveys ja toimintakyky. VK-Kustannus Oy. Jyväskylä.
Vuori, I. 1996. Tehokas ja turvallinen terveysliikunta. Forssa. ISBN
Literature given by the teachers

Study activities

  • Lectures - 24 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 44 hours
  • Small-group work - 8 hours
  • Individual studies - 54 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 130 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 130 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Hannele Sievers
  • Holmström-Toivola Anna
  • Kokko Anne
  • Tillman Ilse


Sievers Hannele

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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