Module title: Optimising Health and Wellbeing through Physical Activity and Exercise

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11121
Module leader: Jane Hislop
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovation for Practice
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Hislop
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a blend of online materials making use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) (‘Moodle’), classroom-based discussion, practical classes and group work. This module will be delivered over 12 weeks of teaching.
LO1, 2 & 3 will be delivered through face-to-face lectures and seminar format where you will be asked to discuss models of health, wellbeing and illness. Online materials will guide you through your independent study and will include directed study activities to allow you to prepare for discussion and debate in tutorial classes. This will facilitate your development of skills in sourcing and critically appraising the evidence-base relating to physical activity and exercise and to appraise the impact this has on health and wellbeing in the general population and in relation to selected physical and psychological conditions (LO2,3). LO 4, 5 and 6 will be delivered through practical/workshop sessions where service users will be involved and you will work in small group to design a community-based exercise programme which you will present as an evidence informed proposal for your summative assessment (LO1-5). You will also be asked to develop a health infographic for your target population (LO6).

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. See the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.


Formative Assessment:
Week 26 - Small group presentation of outline plan which will inform summative assessment.
Exercise testing with a group or individual – informal feedback.
Oral feedback on a draft or plan of the essay will also be offered to small groups as part of a mandatory academic support session in Week 31.


Summative Assessment:
Summative assignment involves a 3,500 word assignment, which is an evidence-informed proposal for a community-based or physical activity exercise programme focusing on a specific health problem (e.g. Backpain, MS, Cardiac or respiratory exercise, walking programme). A health infographic should be provided in the appendix (100% of module marks).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Face To Face Seminar 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 110
Online Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The relationship between physical activity, exercise and health has long been established. More recently the evidence linking sedentary behaviour to poor health is compelling. In addition to the benefits of physical activity/exercise and the deleterious effects of sedentary behaviour on the general population, there is growing evidence of their significance in the management and promotion of physical and mental health and psychological wellbeing.

The module aims to help you explore the role of physiotherapists in supporting physical and mental health and wellbeing, through promoting physical activity and exercise, within individual, group and population contexts. In this module you will explore models of health and the theories underpinning behaviour change and relate these to your practice as a physiotherapist with consideration for current policy and the changing health and social care context. You will also evaluate the evidence-base relating to physical activity/exercise and sedentary behaviour in the management and prevention of common conditions. In the module you will develop an understanding of key concepts such as: exercise prescription, community engagement and risk evaluation for exercise prescription and physical activity.

In addition, you will develop your critical thinking and practical skills in using appropriate evidence and practical methods required for effective clinical exercise prescription and physical activity advice for individuals and groups and communities. This will include the practical skills involved in exercise testing. There will be an opportunity to collaborate with service users and/or carers at an individual and group level and to propose an evidence-based strategy for a community based exercise/physical activity programme to meet their needs. This will include identify learning needs and preferences of your target audience. This may include people with conditions such as: stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, COPD, asthma or cardiac disease.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically discuss theories and models of health, wellbeing, illness and behaviour change and relate these to a physiotherapy context.
LO2: Evaluate the role of physiotherapists in contributing to the public health workforce in promoting physical activity and wellbeing and reducing sedentary behaviour at an individual, group and population level across the lifespan.
LO3: Appraise the evidence for the health benefits of promoting physical activity/exercise and reducing sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of selected physical and psychological problems.
LO4: Design a tailored exercise programme which includes exercise/physical activity prescription for individuals and/or groups.
LO5: Engage with service users and/or carers in the planning of an evidence-informed exercise/physical activity programme aimed at facilitation of movement and function or promoting psychological wellbeing, giving consideration for the management and evaluation of the programme.
LO6: Create an evidence-informed health infographic that would be appropriate for a community-based intervention to promote physical activity/exercise or reduce sedentary behaviour.