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

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

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Steven Young
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered with a combination of lectures, and tutorial/workshop sessions. The lectures deal with the basic theoretical framework as well as current research issues, and delivered in an interactive way that encourages student participation and engagement (LOs 1 and 2). In line with Edinburgh Napier University’s learning, teaching and assessment strategy, this module enhances student autonomy via individual and group research projects and develops skills in appropriate use of directed reading and case studies. (LOs 3 and 4)

As suggested by the content and the learning outcomes, this module enhances the development/improvement of employability and scholarship skills in several ways. The module requires students to carry out an applied project, thus providing them with the opportunity to deal with issues/scenarios that are commonly found in exercise prescription: Such experience improves decision-making, goal-setting, action-planning and organisational skills. The formative self-assessment and student feedback during the oral presentation sessions advances self-awareness and self-evaluation and increases confidence, self-direction and critical thinking, by developing an ability to articulate goals and identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses. In formative assessment you should be able to demonstrate clarity in writing style and advanced verbal skills, as well as effective use of visual aids and competence in oral communication and presentation/defence of research findings

Formative Assessment:
The key learning experience for this module are theoretical readings and case studies; we are aiming to establish theoretical knowledge that can then be applied to hypothetical but typical case studies. . All the module content is aimed at providing students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop, deliver and monitor a behavioural change intervention to a client who is currently failing to meet the recommend activity levels.

In weeks 3,6 & 9 there are journal club sessions focussing on key aspects of literature. Group discussion based around key theoretical and applied questions will give students opportunities to assess the level and depth of their understanding.

Formative feedback is provided in tutorial sessions through interaction with peers and tutors.

Summative Assessment:
a) Presentation of a ‘hypothetical’ group case studies, based around measurement, motivation or adherence.

b) Theory based essay – examining an aspect of contemporary research. Topics approved by tutor.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 12
Total Study Hours60
Expected Total Study Hours for Module60

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3 & 4 8 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Essay 75 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

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 give students 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.

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