The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2023-01-01 to 2023-03-19)
  • 4 (2023-03-20 to 2023-07-31)


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
can concentrate on the promotion of people's
health from health promotion's point of view or
development of athletes' performance from sports
training's point of view. 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

The student can apply theories and methods in
health promotion and sports on an individual

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

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

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

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


  • Taskinen Topi
  • Ruutu Katri


Taskinen Topi

Group size

No limit (25 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Course enrolment period

2022-08-25 to 2023-07-31

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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