SP6001 - Health promotion and clinical issues

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What will I learn on this module?

This module takes a multidisciplinary approach to health; combining physiological, biomechanical and psychological perspectives in order to provide you with a full understanding of health, in both general and clinical populations. The real world application and industry relevance is a highlight of this module which should appeal to those students interested in working in a healthbased profession. The first part of the module focuses on clinical issues, providing you with an understanding of the role of exercise and nutrition in relation to health in special populations, disease populations and musculoskeletal injury as well as the effects of exercise on mental health. This part of the module will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical assessment and laboratory skills. The latter half of the module focuses on health promotion, aiming to give you an understanding of the psychology behind behaviour change, and how psychology can be used to design and implement effective health promotion strategies and initiatives,.
You will cover a range of topics from the following:
• Aetiology of chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental health conditions.
• Rehabilitation and coping strategies for chronic conditions
• Exercise and nutrition as intervention strategies in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders in special populations.
• Exercise as an intervention strategy for general mental health and in the treatment of specific mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia
• Current health promotion strategies and initiatives.
• Behaviour change models such as the Transtheoretical Model, Health Belief Model and Theory of Planned Behaviour.

How will I learn on this module?

This module utilises an interactive style of teaching incorporating lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures provide the basic conceptual framework and core material for syllabus topics. Seminars, and associated directed learning tasks, enable more in depth discussion of current research in the field, including contemporary issues and real world scenarios. Seminar sessions incorporate the use of problem-based case studies to generate group discussion, and to enable you to develop both your critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. Seminar support is built in to the module to allow for small group discussion of specific project issues. Laboratory practicals will enable you to develop relevant practical competencies. You will be encouraged to engage in independent study, in particular the reading of current journal articles, in order to further your knowledge base and develop critical thinking
Through researching and discussing case studies in seminars you will learn to evaluate and weigh evidence, and develop your reasoning and critiquing, and problem solving skills.

The exam at the end of the first semester incorporates unseen questions, and questions about seen case studies for which you can prepare in advance.
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In semester two you will independently design an Health Promotion campaign to increase physical activity participation in a group of your choice (e.g. School children, students, shift workers, older adults, ethnic minorities). This will allow you to think creatively and target a group you feel passionate about.

These assessments will enable you to hone your study skills, and your ability to think independently.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During the first week, you will be introduced to the module, and its’ administrative procedures and assessment requirements.

Support materials for sessions will be available to you on the eLP; including the lecture slides, suggested reading, access to interactive digital resources and websites, and other useful resources such as discussion boards and invitations to attend lectures by guest speakers. For further support on taught sessions you can access the tutors for one-to-one discussions and tutorials via the online tutorial booking system.

Formative feedback is provided in seminars and laboratory practicals. You will be given a case study to research and critique, relevant to the first summative assessment, and will receive peer and tutor feedback on your evaluation. In addition you will be required to prepare for a structured debate relevant to the exam questions that will be held in the seminar sessions. Dedicated assessment sessions will be incorporated into the module schedule to afford you with the opportunity to ask assessment related questions. Written feedback on summative assessment is provided on the scripts and assessment feedback sheets. General feedback is posted to the e-learning portal, and individual tutorials are offered for one-to-one feedback. A whole group feedback session will take place following each assessment. Generic written feedback will be also provided for summative assessments on the eLP.
There is also comprehensive help available in the university library on a wide range of generic academic topics such as: academic writing, statistics, report writing, referencing, and how to hone your presentation skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of exercise and nutrition in relation to health in special populations, disease populations, musculoskeletal injury and mental health disorders;
2. critically evaluate and discuss the role of biomechanics in the assessment of special populations, disease populations and musculoskeletal injury;
3. critically discuss current health promotion and behaviour change strategies and the relevance of psychological factors in the design of intervention programmes.9


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. appreciate, and critically evaluate, the role of the sport and exercise scientist in evaluating clinical disorders and in promoting health and rehabilitation strategies and interventions for different populations


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1 demonstrate an appreciation of the professional skills and sensitivity required to work with clients, and patients, with complex aetiologies from diverse multi-cultural and clinical backgrounds

How will I be assessed?

There are two components of assessment for this module:

1. A 2 hour exam (50% of module assessment): this exam will enable you to be assessed across a variety of clinical issues as well as on your knowledge of the impact of exercise and nutrition for clinical groups. You will be expected to answer three essay questions. The case notes for one question will be available at least one week prior to the exam; two questions will be unseen. All questions will be weighted equally. (KU 1,2 IPSA 1, PVA 1)

2. Health promotion campaign for a Primary Care Trust (50% of module assessment): you will individually design a promotion campaign to promote exercise participation in a particular population. You will be required to provide an outline of your proposed campaign and a rationale for the strategy used. This assignment is designed to test your ability to evaluate and implement behaviour change strategies and health behaviour models. You will be encouraged to use initiative and creativity in the use of IT and social media platforms. (KU1, 3, IPSA 1, PVA 1)

Formative assessment will be provided to you in the form of an article critique, relevant to exam, where you will be given feedback from staff and peers. In semester 2 you will be required to prepare for a structured debate on health promotion theories and models of behaviour change that will be held in the seminar sessions. Again, peers and staff will provide constructive feedback on the debate.

Dedicated assessment sessions will be scheduled into the module to afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions. Written feedback will be provided for both summative assessments. A generic feedback session will take place for each assessment, and general feedback will be provided on the eLP.

Pre-requisite(s)

SP0407 Fundamentals of human physiology
SP0408 Fundamentals of psychology

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The first part of the module focuses on clinical issues, providing you with an understanding of the role of exercise in relation to health in special populations, disease populations and musculoskeletal injury. This part of the module will also focus on the problems associated with exercise prescription and preventative, and management, strategies. The latter half of the module focuses on health promotion, aiming to give you an understanding of the benefits of exercise for general mental health and specific mental health disorders, and reviewing current health promotion strategies and initiatives, and outline interventions based on theoretical models of health.
This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and competencies in evaluating empirical evidence and in designing a health-based intervention strategies. It includes testing skills to complement those introduced earlier in the programme, as well as the skills required to counsel a client or population group.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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