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HL50157: Exercise for health

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, ES 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Literature Review (ES 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Case Study (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Critically appraise the determinants of health behaviour choices
* Critically discuss the role of physical activity in the promotion of population health
* Identify the medical conditions commonly encountered in an exercising population and their effect in relation to exercise
* Critically appraise the benefits of physical activity in the management of physical and mental health conditions
* Identify the effect of prescribed medicines on the individual's ability to exercise Identify the challenges facing deprived communities and ethnic minorities with respect to physical activity and health
* Critically review the benefits and risks of physical activity participation in different population groups
* Justify the effectiveness and the appropriateness of physical activity interventions.

Aims: The Exercise for Health unit aims to help the sport and exercise practitioner to increase expertise on the application of health behaviour change theories for promotion of active lifestyles. Adopting an evidence-based approach the unit will enable students to critically evaluate current physical activity interventions and it will support them to apply the knowledge to promote physical activity in people with a variety of health conditions and within populations needing special attention.

Skills: Intellectual
1. Understand the specific medical support needs of people with medical conditions (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
2. Appreciate the barriers and motives of different population groups in relation to physical activity (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
3. Integrate and critically evaluate information gathered from a wide range of resources, including text books, journal articles, web pages and other online resources. (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
4. Adopt an evidence-based approach to apply the theoretical knowledge to practical efforts for the promotion of active lifestyles (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed).
Professional & Practical
5. Prescribe an appropriate motivational physical activity programme to patients with a range of physical and mental health conditions adapting and tailoring activities according to individual needs and abilities (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
6. Plan and promote physical activity in the community. (Taught, Facilitated)
7. Demonstrate originality in application of knowledge to the design of effective theory-based physical activity interventjons. (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
Transferable & Key Skills
8. Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors through asynchronous online discussions. (Facilitated)
9. Find and summarise information and develop an evidence based approach. (Taught,Facilitated, Assessed)
10. Organise individual activities to achieve a desired outcome within a limited amount of time (Facilitated,)
11. Communicate ideas effectively in written form (Facilitated, Assessed)
12. Plan and manage individual learning through reflecting on and analysing individual learning needs. (Facilitated)

* Strategic priorities and policies related to physical activity
-UK Govt Agenda for Health
-The nation's health
-The Chief Medical Officer's report
* Health Behaviour Change
-Healthy lifestyle determinants across the lifespan
-Individual needs assessment and goal setting
-Screening principles and risk assessment
-The motivational processes involved in health behaviour change
-Practical approaches to support behaviour change at the individual level
-Design and evaluation of physical activity interventions
* Physical Activity for people with Medical Conditions
-Cardiovascular diseases
-Pulmonary diseases
-Metabolic diseases
-Immunological diseases
-Orthopaedic diseases and disabilities
-Neuromuscular diseases
-Psychological disorders
* Physical activity in Different Population Groups
-Older adults.

Programme availability:

HL50157 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health

HL50157 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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