Core Module Information
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


Description of module content:

During the running of this module you will examine a range of topics related to the effect of exercise and physical activity on the development of the individual from birth to adulthood. You will examine how physcial activity helps in the development of cognitive, neurological and physiological elements of the child. You will also examine the effects of aerobic and anaerobic/strength training on the development of the child and the maturation process. We will also overview how government policies impact upon physical activity provision within an educational setting, and the impact current physical activity levels have on the long term health outcomes of the individual.

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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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 individually chosen from a range of main topic areas (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 the 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 within the tutorial sessions, with feedback on your 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 your 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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09104 Growth, Maturation and Exercise