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 Science & Health


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
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, as well as being supported by online learning activities. The lectures deal with the basic theoretical framework as well as current research issues, and delivered in an interactive way that encourages your participation (LOs2-6). In line with Edinburgh Napier University’s learning, teaching and assessment strategy, this module enhances your autonomy via individual and group research projects and develops your skills in appropriate use of directed and independent project work (LO 1). Your assessment for this module facilitates the monitoring of your progress and an adequate provision of feedback, while allowing you to demonstrate initiative and develop your independent study and applied practitioner skills (LOs1-6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is evident in interactive tutorial and workshop sessions that are designed to increase your engagement and enhance/monitor your knowledge and understanding of the practical applications of theoretical approaches to behavioural change.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is based on a small group project. The first part of the assessment takes place in week 6 of the trimester, when you present orally your intervention proposals. Both the students and lecturers of the module attend these sessions and provide oral and written feedback to the presenters. This part of the assessment is linked explicitly with learning outcome 1 and implicitly to outcomes 2 -6. This helps you to develop your skills in oral communication, effective presentation and critical evaluation of your own -as well as other students’- work.

The second part of the assessment is due for submission in week 14 and is the written assignment of the project conducted. The work is presented as an individually based portfolio of work undertaken and is linked with LO’s 1-6.

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

Description of module content:

The relationship between physical activity, exercise and health has been long established. However, it is comparatively recently that the emphasis has moved from physical activity in the prevention and treatment of physical conditions towards the role of physical activity in the maintenance of psychological wellbeing and mental health. 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 also why some people chose to remain sedentary. You will learn about the acute responses and chronic adaptations to physical activity. You will learn about the psycho-social dimension of exercise in relation to self- referent cognitions such as self-esteem. You will examine the processes of behavioural change in relation to the adoption of physical activity.

This module conforms to the QAA benchmark (Unit 25: Benchmark statements for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, QAA, 2008) statement in that it develops knowledge, intellectual and applied skills in relation to health enhancing physical activities. 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 project work is supported by a lecture programme examining key lines of theory: the trans-theoretical model, self-determination theory, modern approaches to self-referent thought, the relationship between physical activity, affect, emotion and mood. We will also look at the role of physical activity in enhancing quality of life.

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: Examine and critique research linking physical activity with self-referent cognition.
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.

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