Module title: Physical Activity and Inactivity in Health and Disease

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

Module code: SES10115
Module leader: Jacqui Mair
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jacqui Mair
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials to increase specific knowledge on the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity on cardio-respiratory fitness and health outcomes (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4). The lectures and tutorials are also used to provide information and background on the evidence base for physical activity to improve health, as well as the deleterious impact of sedentary behaviour and prolonged periods of inactivity on health.

Practical workshops will be used within the module to encourage the application of theory and knowledge into practice, and to develop communication and interpersonal skills that can be utilised with different populations in the real world (LO2, LO5).

Tutorial sessions are used to encourage critical analysis of the current literature, as well as presentation skills of the students as they will be required to give short presentations on relevant journal articles (LO1, LO4, LO5).

Formative Assessment:
Giving group presentations in tutorials and conducting small group consultations with peers will be assessed and feedback provided. The student’s ability to prepare for workshops and tutorial presentations will have an impact on both the formative and summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is comprised of two components: a physical activity consultation and a written exam.

In the physical activity consultation, students deliver a one-to-one consultation with a patient actor following a defined process. Students are assessed on the content and delivery of the consultation.
The written exam will require critical analysis of relevant literature and discussion of the evidence surrounding specific topics that are covered in the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 163
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 2,5 9 HOURS= 0.5
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Exercise and physical activity: benefit to health and well being, role in preventing/treating common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity: role in health and disease, physiological and psychological basis, rising obesity and diabetes ‘pandemic’.

This module will cover the role of physical activity for health and disease prevention, management, and treatment. In particular, the importance of physical activity in cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer will be covered. You will examine the physiological and psychological mechanisms of action related to physical activity and inactivity in health and disease. You will also learn effective means with which to communicate health and physical activity related information to specific target groups such as health professionals or patients.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply a critical understanding of the epidemiological evidence for physical activity and physical fitness on health and disease outcomes.
LO2: Apply knowledge of the physiological and psychological benefits of physical activity for health and disease prevention.
LO3: Critically reflect on the role of sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity on health and disease.
LO4: Critically analyse the proposed mechanisms underlying the health benefits of physical activity.
LO5: Communicate health and physical activity related information and provide recommendations on physical activity for health benefits.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES10115 Physical Activity and Inactivity in Health and Disease