Core Module Information
Module title: Exercise, wellbeing and psychological health

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

Module code: SES11114
Module leader: Amanda Pitkethly
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

In this module we will examine and critique the theoretical basis of this development and establish a platform for the applied work which is undertaken as part of the module.
Specifically, you will learn about the contemporary research explaining why people chose to become physically active and why some people remain sedentary. You will learn about the acute responses and chronic adaptations to physical activity, and the psycho-social dimension of exercise in relation to self-referent cognitions. You will examine the processes of behavioural change in relation to the adoption of physical activity.
The core learning experience of this module is to examine and critique the processes underpinning behavioural change. This is achieved through individual behavioural change projects with a client not currently adhering to the recommended guideline levels of physical activity.
The lecture programme examines key lines of theory and current approaches, e.g. social cognitive theory, self-determination theory, affective-refective theory, the COM-B model, Motivational Interviewing, modern approaches to self-referent thought, and the relationship between physical activity, affect, emotion and mood.

This module confirms to QAA benchmark Hospitatlity, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2016)

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Assess physical activity motivations and behaviours and design, monitor and reflect upon an intervention designed to increase the level of physical activity in a healthy but sedentary client.
LO2: Critique contemporary research describing and explaining the motivations people have to engage in or avoid physical activity.
LO3: Develop competence in, and reflect upon, the use of motivational interviewing as a technique for behavioural change.
LO4: Critically evaluate the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underpinning the ‘feel-good’ effect of exercise.
LO5: Examine and reflect upon the use of exercise tracking technology to support behavioural change around exercise.
LO6: Place physical activity policy into the wider socio-political context around health on a national and international level.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Amanda Pitkethly
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online Guided independent study 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3,4,5,6 6 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 75 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11114 Exercise, wellbeing and psychological health