Module title: Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship

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

Module code: SES11115
Module leader: Anna Campbell
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Science & Health


2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anna Campbell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module conforms to the QAA benchmark (Unit 25: Benchmark statements for Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism, QAA, 2008) in that it develops knowledge, intellectual and applied skills, in relation to health enhancing physical activities. The module will develop your skills in written communication; the ability to plan and manage learning; use of web based learning resources; to analyse, interpret and synthesise research evidence and critical writing. LO1 will be delivered by face-to-face lectures, tutorials, videos and group work. LO2 will be delivered by face-to-face lectures and videos. LO3 will be delivered by face-to-face lectures and tutorials. LO4 will be delivered by face-to-face lectures, tutorials and group work. LO5 will be delivered by lectures, tutorials, lab work and group work.

This module enhances the development / PDP/ scholarship skills in many ways. To enhance employability this module will apply the formative assessment protocols used in the Skills Active level 4 CanRehab cancer exercise specialist course (, to enhance clinical practice skills and oral communication skills during your practical sessions. Written communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving will help to develop scholarly skills.

The module requires you to evaluate a number of case studies, thus providing the opportunity to assess and deal with issues/ scenarios that are common when prescribing exercise to cancer patients or survivors. Research active lecturers and practitioners within the health services, third sector and public health working with cancer patients will help deliver this module and therefore evidence-based integration will be established.

Formative Assessment:
There will be a number of formative assessments staged throughout the module to assist in measuring your progress and identify areas needing further support. These will include short answer questions, quizzes, and open book paper analysis to be completed during seminar. Additionally formative feedback will be provided to students regarding clinical skills during the practical sessions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place in weeks 8 and 14 of this module. The first assessment in week 8 will be an essay based on one of the topics covered in this module. This part of the assessment is linked explicitly with learning outcomes 1-3. In week 14 you will submit an individualised safe and effective exercise programme for a case study with cancer, which will link with learning outcomes 4 &5.

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 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 124
Independent Learning Groupwork (Scheduled) 8
Face To Face Work based learning 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding into a new area of research: cancer and exercise - from prevention to survivorship. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role that physical activity plays in primary and secondary prevention of cancer. As well as providing in-depth knowledge of the physical and psychological effects of exercise during and after cancer treatment, you will gain an insight into the most recent evidence -based benefits of exercise on many chronic and late appearing cancer treatment side effects. You will learn to assess, consult and prescribe individualised exercise programmes for cancer survivors – based on the most current research and guidelines within this area.

This module’s content will include: Cancer biology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment of cancer; the current literature on the physiological, and psychological benefits of exercise during the cancer journey from diagnosis to survivorship or palliative care; assessment and screening of cancer survivors prior to exercise prescription; and training in exercise prescription and behaviour change for cancer survivors.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Outline pathophysiology and treatment of cancer and critically appraise the evidence on the impact of physical activity on primary secondary cancer prevention
LO2: Examine the impact of exercise on cancer related side effects such as lymphoedema, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction etc
LO3: Examine the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which exercise may protect from cancer recurrence
LO4: Exercise appropriate judgement in the risk stratification and health screening procedures using latest evidence, best practice suitable for cancer patients and survivors
LO5: Design a safe, effective and individualised exercise programme for a client living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis

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