PAH3003 - Training Muscle and Force Production


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

Muscle architecture and differences in the population. Changes related to athletic performance, age and diseases. Limitations and functional adaptations in patients and athletes. Training methods for morphological and neural adaptations and protein synthesis. Neuromuscular basis for motor skill acquisition.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge about the morphological and neural adaptations related to resistance training
  • can identify and thoroughly understand limitations to neuromuscular force production and muscle strength
  • can thoroughly understand and describe the beneficial effects of strength training for adolescence, athletic performance, successful aging, disease treatment, disease prevention, and prescribe effective training programs
  • has advanced knowledge on how to measure neuromuscular function and muscle strength


The candidate

  • can apply and adopt experimental methods such as time to peak force, peak force, rate of force development and have practical skills relevant to perform the tests
  • can present outcomes of research in a written laboratory report, evaluate and discuss scientific results
  • can describe biological adaptations following resistance training on the neuromuscular system both for health and performance
  • can identify and prescribe effective strength training programs, and to study their effect in top sports performance and patient populations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, group work and laboratory work.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory report

Further on evaluation

Regular final examination is given in the autumn semester only. Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination and students who receive the grade F may take a re-sit examination in the spring semester.

For re-sit exams the written examination must be done again. The compulsory activity is approved for 4 semesters.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)

Required previous knowledge

The course is reserved for students admitted to the MSc in Physical Activity and Health. It is compulsory for candidates admitted to the specialization in Exercise Physiology. It is optional for other candidates admitted to the master's programme.

Course materials

Course materials will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SPO3030 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Sport Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-16 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 11
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 12
SL311 Sluppenvegen 14 2
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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