Core Module Information
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 Exercise and Health Science


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. In this module you will 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, 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, Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy. Also, you will acquire some clinical experience through clinical visits. During these visits you will shadow health and exercise professionals delivering one to one and group sessions.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
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, risk stratification and goal setting skills for exercise prescription
LO5: Demonstrate skills of analysis and prescription of tailored exercise programmes for people with neurological conditions
LO6: Effectively communicate information and defend decisions

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module you will develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesizing scientific evidence as well as improving your academic writing and presentation skills. LO1 to LO5 will be delivered through lectures, practical laboratory sessions, workshops, tutorials and clinical visits. LO6 will be exercised throughout the module during the aforementioned planned sessions and will be demonstrated during the summative and formative assessments.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessments will be used to improve your theoretical and practical knowledge and provide additional support when required. These will be staged throughout the module and include multiple choice questionnaires, practical tasks and exercises, written feedback on coursework drafts as well as direct oral feedback during practical laboratory sessions, tutorials and clinical visits.

Summative Assessment:
Your summative assessments 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 (60%, LOs 1-3). The assessment in week 14 will be a 15 minutes oral presentation of a poster focusing on the clinical reasoning and exercise prescription process of a case study (40%, LOs 4, 5 & 6). The case study will be based on the clinical assessment of a neurological patient and the development a progressive personalized 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 Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 154
Face To Face External visits 4
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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11111 Physical Activity for Neurological Conditions