Core Module Information
Module title: Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease

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

Module code: SES10127
Module leader: Katy Weston
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

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

Description of module content:

Exercise and physical activity: you will study the benefits to health and wellbeing, role in preventing/treating common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity: you will explore the 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: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, cancer and old/young ages 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.

In this module you will also learn about exercise testing and prescription as well as referral procedures to other health practitioners or organisations. There will be particular focus on health screening, pre-exercise evaluation, risk stratification and risk management, goal setting, clinical exercise testing and prescription, scope of practice, medication as well as the use of national and international physical activity and health guidelines.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply critical understanding of the epidemiological evidence for physical activity and fitness on health and disease outcomes and the physiological and psychological benefits of physical activity for health and disease prevention.

LO2: Critically analyse and reflect on the role of sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity on health and disease and the proposed mechanisms underlying the health benefits of physical activity.

LO3: Demonstrate understanding and skills in health screening, pre-exercise evaluation, risk stratification, exercise testing and goal setting in special populations.

LO4: Apply critical knowledge of the physiology, pathophysiology, medication, evidence-based guidelines, and exercise testing results to devise tailored clinical exercise programmes with the aim of improving the condition and health of an individual.

LO5: Effectively communicate health and physical activity related information and provide recommendations on physical activity for health benefits.

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: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module you will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials to increase your knowledge on the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity on fitness and health outcomes, international guidelines, as well as common exercise testing and prescription procedures involved (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4). The lectures and tutorials are also used to provide you with information 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. The methods of screening and exercise testing special populations, the risks involved, and the evidence based exercise testing and training methods will be also focus of these sessions.

Practical workshops will be used within the module to encourage the application of theory into practice to develop your communication, interpersonal and exercise testing and prescription skills that can be utilised with different populations in the real world (LO3, LO4, LO5).

Tutorial sessions are used to encourage critical analysis of the current literature, laboratory data, as well as developing your presentation skills since you will be required to give short presentations on relevant journal articles (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5).

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

Summative Assessment:
Your summative assessment is comprised of two components: an exercise testing and prescription case study and a written exam.

In the first assessment you will deliver a one-to-one exercise testing and prescription session with a client following a defined process. You will be assessed on the content, delivery, and justification of the process in a written report [2000 words, 50% weighting, due in week 10, covering LOs 3,4 & 5].
The written exam will require critical analysis of relevant literature and discussion of the evidence surrounding specific topics that are covered in the module [3 hours, 50% weighting, due in week 14/15, covering LOs 1,2 & 4].

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
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
Report 50 3,4,5 10 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100