Module title: Physical Activity for Neurological Conditions

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11111
Module leader: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Science & Health


2020/1, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The students in this module will develop skills in critically evaluating biomedical literature, independently learning and managing workload, written/presenting/verbal communication skills of scientific evidence. LO1 and LO3 will be delivered though face to face lectures, practical and seminars. LOs 4 & 5 will be delivered through face to face lectures, seminars, practical laboratory sessions, workshops and clinical placements. LO6 will be exercised throughout the module during the aforementioned planned sessions and will be demonstrated during the summative and formative assessments.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will be used to assess student progress and clinical/practical skills and provide feedback and additional support if required. This will be staged throughout the module and include multiple choice questionnaires, practical tasks and exercises as well as direct oral feedback during practical laboratory sessions, tutorials and clinical placements.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment of learning will take place in weeks 9 and 14. The assessment in week 9 will be a 3000 words essay based on a topic relevant to clinical exercise and neurological conditions (LOs 1-3). The assessment in week 14 will be a 15 minutes oral presentation of a poster focusing in the clinical reasoning process of a case study (LOs 4, 5 & 6). The case study will be based on the clinical assessment of a neurological patient and the development a progressive personalised exercise intervention.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Seminar 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 60 1,2,3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Oral Presentation 40 4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Physical activity and exercise are very important for the general population but can be invaluable for the management and prevention of neurological conditions. The current module aims to explore the role of clinical exercise for the management and prevention of common neurological conditions. Apart from the in depth knowledge regarding the pathophysiological basis of common chronic diseases, with this module you will understand key concepts such as: clinical exercise and prescription, evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and risk evaluation for exercise prescription. In addition, in this module you will develop your critical thinking and practical skills in using appropriate evidence and practical methods required for effective clinical exercise prescription.
In this module you will study the pathophysiology, clinical implications and reasoning, clinical exercise and prescription for common neurological diseases such as: stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, celebral palsy. Also, you will acquire some clinical experience through clinical placement sessions. Clinical placements will be in the form of shadowing health professionals in: acute neurology, downstream in-patient rehab, community rehab, exercise interventions delivered within Edinburgh Leisure by REPS Level 4 instructors etc.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Assess the role of clinical exercise and physical activity on the prevention and management of common neurological conditions.
LO2: Critically evaluate the evidence and the existing methods for assessing patients for exercise prescription
LO3: Demonstrate critical awareness regarding the role of clinical exercise as an adjunct to common management methods for neurological conditions
LO4: Apply clinical reasoning to risk stratification for exercise prescription
LO5: Demonstrate skills of analysis and prescription of tailored exercise programmes for people with neurological conditions.
LO6: Effectively communicate scientific evidence through written reports and presentations.

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