Core Module Information
Module title: Physical Activity & Behavioural Change Project

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

Module code: SES10121
Module leader: Amanda Pitkethly
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

The module covers an introduction the theory and practice of behavioural change. You will be introduced to self-determination theory (Deci and Ryan, 1981) Self-efficacy theory, (Bandura, 1997) and the transtheoretical model (Prochaska and Diclemente, 1983) as the theoretical foundations of behavioural change. You will use the applied tools which have been developed from this theoretical stance to assess motivation and design an intervention aimed at supporting a sedentary client through the process of behavioural change to the maintenance of health enhancing physical activity. You will also learn about and apply the principles of motivational interviewing (Rollnick and Miller, 1993) and reflective practice

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise the main theoretical models explaining motivation in physical activity.
LO2. Critically evaluate the main theories and models of behavioural change.
LO3: Develop competence in, and reflect upon, the use of motivational interviewing as a technique for behavioural change.
LO4: Develop competence in, and reflect upon, the assessment, design and evaluation of a behavioural change intervention for a healthy but sedentary client.

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: Amanda Pitkethly
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered with a combination of lectures, tutorial/workshop sessions and supervised project work. The lectures deal with the basic theoretical framework as well as current research issues, and delivered in an interactive way that encourages your participation and engagement (LOs 1 and 2). In line with Edinburgh Napier University’s learning, teaching and assessment strategy, this module enhances autonomy via individual and group research projects and develops skills in appropriate use of directed and independent project work (LOs 3 and 4). Formative assessment for this module facilitates the monitoring of progress and an adequate provision of feedback, while allowing you to demonstrate initiative and develop independent study and applied practitioner skills (LOs 1 to 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 you 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 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 is a behavioural change project. All the module content is aimed at providing you 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.

The portfolio is often a new format of assessment, so attention will be given to the structure and content in a formative session. In week 6.

Formative feedback is also provided in tutorial sessions through interaction with peers, tutors and simulated patients.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is via two tasks:

1) An individual interview (30%) – using a Motivational Interviewing Standardised Patient Protocol (MISP) developed by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers for use in evaluating MI proficiency. You will conduct an MI interview with a consenting adult and demonstrate your MI skills in a recorded interview. The assessment is intentional and active, offering opportunities for you to demonstrate specific MI skills that will ensure you can support client adherence. This assessment will help you learn, providing an opportunity for practice and feedback. You will be assessed either in a scheduled appointment or through submitting a recording online in week 6 (LO3).

2) The behavioural change portfolio (70%) – Portfolios (LO1-4) must contain:

i) 2 x 500-word reflective summaries, to include a personal reflection and a cohort data reflection = total 1000 word reflection;
ii) an infographic representing a recent health and exercise related piece of empirical research (there is no set word count for the infographic, but it should contain no more than 500 words, the focus is on disseminating information with limited text and with graphics)
iii) and 2 x 500-word essays, = total 1000 words. These essay titles will be based on lectures and content from week 6 onward and will be released in week 10.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 32
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3 & 4 6 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 70 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES10121 Physical Activity & Behavioural Change Project