SP6010 - Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions for Health

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What will I learn on this module?

Ultimately humans need to move effectively and those creating functionally enhancing developmental programmes for clients must have this outcome in mind. This module will enable students to assess measure and evaluate in order to make appropriate recommendations to clients’ lifestyles from a health and fitness perspective. Students will learn to critique current testing procedures and apply exercise modifications based upon client lifestyle factors and organise and plan training based upon the unique needs of each individual and their preferred activity.
Areas studied will include measurement issues in movement patterns for exercise in the general public; Potentially dangerous and ineffective exercises; ‘Functional’ training; specific common conditions and diseases in certain population groups,and consideration of lifestyle factors of the inactive.

How will I learn on this module?

The practical aspect of the unit will provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts to real-life and/or case study situations. Students will also be encouraged to question the appropriateness and effectiveness of different methods of exercise based on the latest evidence-based research. Peer group participants will be utilised during the practical in combination with formal teaching methods, and students will develop their ability to apply theory to practice through a combination of lectures, seminar activities and practical workshops.
Taught content is mostly student-led however still high involvement and instruction from academic staff. Inclusion of external, industry professionals from a range of sports/development stages or ability levels. A mix between group peer, on site teaching and self-led external advising or instructing will also allow students to acquire knowledge of a variety of training modes whilst concurrently reflecting on their behaviour and practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Staff teaching on this module will be available for individualised, pre-booked meetings at specified times for students. During these meetings students will have the opportunity to gain support for (but not limited to) module content, feedback relating to formative and summative assessments as well as general enquiries and issues specific to the module.
Additionally students will have access to a Discussion Board (found on the eLP for this module) where enquiries and issues relating to the module can be raised with module staff and student peers providing the necessary support across a general forum.

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. Examine the underpinning reasoning for fitness and exercise testing and present a case for use of appropriate tests for a designated client

2. Make relevant lifestyle modification recommendations to enhance health related fitness components.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Students will design, administer and evaluate short, medium and long-term exercise programmes with tailored exercise for different populations groups within the general public.

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

4. Students will recognise how the fitness professional's behaviour and practice can influence and explain changes in participants exercise and quality of life.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
1. Students are required to deliver one session from an exercise programme which is followed by a viva. [MLO 1, 2, 3, 4]

Formative Assessment:

Includes practical application of a variety of training and exercise modalities applied for different groups, critical analysis of appropriate case studies and in-class individual and group demonstrations and presentation. Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting the student/s in their completion of the formative assessments


Successful completion of level 5



Module abstract

Physical activity and exercise interventions for health aims to introduce the roles, responsibilities and practices that the exercise professional will encounter and overcome when advising the general public about health activity and exercise. The module will also examine holistic strategies to improve and develop a client's well-being. Modalities and methods of training, how clients should move and move well alongside aspects of health conditions an exercise professional may encounter [diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cardiac issues] and how exercise and developing a healthy lifestyle can counter these issues will all be studied. Over a series of practical sessions students will engage with staff, guest speakers from the fitness industry, their peers and specific population groups to aid them in their learning of planning and implementing successful exercise and health interventions.

Course info

UCAS Code CX61

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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