The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)
  • 4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the practice is that the student learns to instruct adults' process for change especially related to physical activity but also related to other lifestyle factors. The student understands how he/she can promote health and the meaning of especially physical activity but also the meaning of other lifestyle factors for individuals' health in the target group. The student can examine the condition of the target groups in the beginning of the process of change based on that set relevant goals. Student can work appropriately towards the clients' individual goals by using relevant methods which support the process of change. In addition, student can follow up the process and development using proper methods. Student can use different communication styles and tools in order to reach his/her own and client's goals. In addition, student also learns to critically evaluate his/her own work and the methods he/she uses.

Learning outcomes

The student can guide adults' behavioural change process. The student can apply theories and methods in health promotion and sports on an individual level. The student can find out clients' situation using relevant methods in the beginning and at the end of the working period. The student can set relevant goals for the behavioural change process. The student can plan and use suitable methods (e.g. planning of physical training) based on the physical tests and individual goals. The student can communicate in an understandable way (in writing, orally and visually) with the help of different communication styles och methods which suits for the target group and context. The student knows how different values affect individuals and can take that into account when working with clients. The student can evaluate his/her own skills and attitudes and see his/her own needs for development. The student can apply ethical professional principles and work for safe work culture. The student is responsible for his/her work and is active. The student can cooperate, work in groups and work towards common goals.

Course contents

- Behavioural change - Lifestyle factors - Health promotion activities for adults - Fitness testing and training planning - Nutrition - Motivation - Communication - Individual / group instruction

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Sports coahing and fitness testing, Health and sports psychology, Health communication, Coahingstechniques, Practical training in sports didactics and pedagogy

Recommended or required reading

Use different literature during the practice, for example: - Bompa & Haff. 2009. Periodization: Theory and methodology of Training. 5th edition. Human Kinetics. - Thompson, W.R., Gordon, N.F. & Pescatello, L.S. (ed.) 2010. ACSM?s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Eight Edition. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. - Dwyer, G.B. & Davis, S.E. (ed) 2005. ACSM?s Health- related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. - Biddle, S. J. H. & Mutrie, N. 2001. Psychology of Physical Activity: Determinants, Well-Being and Interventions. Routledge. - Ogden J. (2004) Health Psychology: A textbook. MC Graw Hill Education: Berkshire UK. - Websites, e.g.,

Study activities

  • Practice info, planning and reporting of the practice, the practice presentation - 15 hours
  • Practical training - 120 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

1. Planing of the practice 2. Working at the practice place (120 h) 3. Written rapport + evaluation and participating and presentatin on a reflection day.


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Group size

No limit (20 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Course enrolment period

2019-09-04 to 2020-07-31

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2019-08-29 12:30 - 15:30 B518 Praktikreflektionsdag Ruutu Katri
Taskinen Topi
Törnblom Cia
Vaappo Marko
2019-10-24 09:00 - 12:00 B320 Praktikreflektionsdag Ruutu Katri
Taskinen Topi
Törnblom Cia
Vaappo Marko
2019-10-30 13:00 - 14:30 B326 Praktik i träning och hälsa Praktikinfo (obligatorisk närvaro) Ruutu Katri
2019-12-16 12:00 - 15:00 B320 Praktikreflektionsdag Ruutu Katri
Taskinen Topi
Törnblom Cia
Vaappo Marko
2020-03-20 09:00 - 12:00 B320 Praktikreflektionsdag Ruutu Katri
Taskinen Topi
Törnblom Cia
Vaappo Marko
2020-05-26 09:00 - 12:00 D4106 Praktikreflektionsdag Ruutu Katri
Taskinen Topi
Törnblom Cia
Vaappo Marko

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