Module title: Growth, Maturation and Exercise

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09104
Module leader: Brendon Ferrier
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Brendon Ferrier
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
This module is taught through a range of lectures and tutorials, covering the major themes behind child development and the effects of physical activity and exercise on growth and maturation (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5 and LO6). The individual assessments are introduced early in the tutorial sessions. Topics for the individual assessments are chosen by the students (LO1, LO2, LO3 and LO6). Tutorials are given to support the theory and encourage discussion through workshops and case study examples (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5 and LO6). The tutorials will be based on current literature, with lecturer presenting some key studies, and small group journal club type presentation of key papers being presented throughout the semester.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be embedded in the tutorial sessions, with feedback on the students interpretation of the case studies presented and presentation of key journal articles in the formalised journal club scenario.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment occurs in weeks 10 and 15, with an essay focussed on a current real world problem associated with child health/exercise. A centrally timetabled exam will also be used to assess the students understanding of the lecture content, covering all aspects outlined in the lecture content.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 70
Independent Learning Guided independent study 95
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 2,3,4,5,6 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction: general concepts - growth, development, maturation, senescence; measurement and representation of growth; growth research; nature v's nurture. Maturational differences: concepts of physical maturation; skeletal maturity; secondary sexual characteristics - implications for physical activity; exercise and training. Morphological changes: proportionality; somatotype; body composition; interaction with physical activity, exercise and training; sexual dimorphism. Functional changes: physiological changes; muscular development; interaction with physical activity, exercise and training; sexual dimorphism. Examine the interaction between physical activity, childhood health and health in later life. Problems associated with assessing physical activity and physical fitness in children. The obesity epidemic, causes, consequences and interventions.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the physical changes associated with growth, development and ageing.
LO2: Apply knowledge of the impact of physical activity on growth and development.
LO3: Evaluate the links between sport, exercise, growth, development and quality of life.
LO4: Examine why children are particularly susceptible to certain sport injuries.
LO5: Examine the relationship between growth, maturation and athletic performance.
LO6: Examine the key health issues related to growth and development.

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