Core Module Information
Module title: Exercise Behaviour

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

Module code: SES09124
Module leader: Steven Young
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

The rationale for the module is established by examining the key contemporary research linking physical activity with physical and psychological health benefits. This is contextualised within the behavioural epidemiology framework; which will be used to illuminate modern debates around ‘the obesity crisis’ and the economic costs of health and social care. Modern approaches to the assessment of physical activity are examined in relation to basic measurement concepts such as reliability / validity and objectivity. Motivation is a key concept in exercise psychology; a series of presentations will provide you with an overview of the contemporary social cognitive models of exercise and physical activity motivation. The final block of work examines the role of physical activity in the maintenance of psychological well-being and some of interventions that have been used in the prevention and treatment of psychological conditions such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Examine and interpret the large scale surveillance data relating to health enhancing physical activity behaviour, nationally and internationally.
LO2: Describe and evaluate methods of assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
LO3. Describe and synthesise the main social-cognitive models of physical activity motivation.
LO4: Examine and analyse the role of physical activity in the maintenance and enhancement of health.
LO5: Identify key contemporary research questions in exercise behaviour.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Steven Young
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3 & 4 8 HOURS= 00.25, WORDS= 0
Essay 75 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09124 Exercise Behaviour