SP6048 - Health, Exercise and Behaviour Change

What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with an understanding of the role of physical activity and exercise in relation to health, the theories of behaviour change and how the theories are applied in practice. In the first half of the module, you will gain an understanding of the physiology of physical activity and exercise, and how this can prevent and manage a number of health conditions in a range of populations. The latter half of the module focuses on providing you with an insight of behaviour change including factors that influence behaviour change and an understanding of how such models can be applied in practice. The module will review current health promotion strategies and initiatives to enable you to develop your skills and competencies in evaluating empirical evidence and in designing health-based intervention strategies.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of formats, and you will be able to access materials on the eLP. There will be the opportunity to work in smaller groups with discipline specific members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning. Sessions will include details of the basic conceptual framework for each topic. Staff will also facilitate more in-depth discussion of current research in the field, real world scenarios, and problem-based case studies to enable you to develop both your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content. 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.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services. If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

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:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of physical activity, exercise and/or nutrition in relation to health in a range of populations;

2. Critically evaluate behaviour change strategies and the relevance of psychological factors in the design of intervention programmes.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Understand and apply a multidisciplinary approach to interventions for health.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Demonstrate an awareness of differential needs from individuals with varied health status and diverse multi-cultural backgrounds.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to
design a work-based intervention to promote improved health and wellbeing (3000 words) (100%). This assessment will address all module learning outcomes (KU 1,2; IPSA 3; PVA 4).

This assignment will evaluate your ability to understand the underpinnings of health interventions including the physiological basis of interventions and behaviour change strategies.

Formative assessment will be provided to you, which could be based on your performance to critique a real-world scenario, problem solving a case study or a task of a similar nature. You will be provided feedback from staff and peers which will be of use when designing your intervention to promote health and well-being.

Summative Feedback
You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Health, Exercise and Behaviour Change is a multidisciplinary module that will provide you with an understanding of the role of physical activity, exercise and nutrition in relation to health, the theories of behaviour change and how the theories are applied in practice. This module will allow you to examine the latest research on strategies used to promote health and wellbeing. You will be tasked with being creative in changing behaviour to improve health. You will gain an understanding of the physiology of physical activity and exercise, and how this can prevent and manage a number of health conditions in a range of populations. Furthermore, you will gain an insight of behaviour change including factors that influence behaviour change and an understanding of how such models can be applied in practice. The module will review current health promotion strategies and initiatives to enable you to develop your skills needed in careers in healthcare and public health.

Course info

UCAS Code CX65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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