SP0479 - Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key issues in sport, physical activity and health. The latest physical activity and nutritional guidelines will be scrutinised, along with the barriers or facilitators that influence people in their choice of active or inactive lifestyles. The module is largely theoretical in nature, although students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions regarding their own health, fitness and dietary practices. Students will explore the importance of sport and physical activity for public health, epidemiological issues, historical and contemporary policy/strategy and the effectiveness and efficacy of different approaches and interventions used to increase levels of physical activity in the UK and other countries worldwide.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered via lectures and seminars. The lectures will provide the majority of the theoretical and current contextual content whereas the seminars will be and student-centred. Seminars will focus discussion around a range of topics, issues and debate related to physical activity and health / public health. There will be use of guest speakers from local public health teams (including Local Authority, Primary Care Trust and the voluntary sector) to provide insight into the implementation of physical activity interventions locally.

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 and its assessments 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. Identify how basic anatomy and physiology are related to and affected by physical activity and exercise
2. Describe and discuss a range of variables relating to health, fitness and nutrition and potential barriers or facilitators to engagement in PA
3. Explain the relevance and importance of physical activity in the context of public health and health promotion.
4. Analyse current trends in physical activity and health and explain how physical activity is measured.
5. Examine contemporary Physical Activity policy and strategy and its historical development in the UK and other countries worldwide.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
6. Appraise a range of partnership approaches which aim to improve health and well-being and reduce health inequalities
7. Research and interpret information from a range of appropriate sources Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
8. Communicate effectively to individuals and groups

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
1. Produce a poster presentation addressing a key trend in health related physical activity or sport [MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] [50%]
2. Group Presentation:using relevant academic evidence in groups students are to design an intervention to address the trend identified in assessment 1[MLO 3, 4, 6, 7, 8] [50% of module]

Formative Assessment: will be provided to students on an individual basis and in groups throughout seminars and tutorials. Interactive technology will be used within formative assessment within the module – predominately to support the facilitation of seminar tasks and taught sessions

Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting the student/s in their completion of the formative assessments.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Introduction to sport physical activity and health has the aim of introducing students to the relationship between sport, physical activity and health giving them an understanding of sources of data and measurement of physical activity and trends in sport and physical activity levels. Students will gain knowledge of the importance of physical activity for public health, the associated risks, or inequalities in sport, physical activity or healthy behaviour, the cost of inactivity and the recommended levels of physical activity. The module will also examine the history and development of physical activity recommendations, policy and strategy on the UK and other western societies, how have sport and physical activity Interventions traditionally been applied: Individual Intervention, Community Intervention and Environmental Intervention approaches. Sport and physical activity in their contextual ‘settings’ - Workplace, schools, community, primary and secondary healthcare. Clinical interventions. Lifestyle v. Structured interventions.

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key issues in physical activity and health. The latest physical activity guidelines will be scrutinised, along with the barriers or facilitators that influence people in their choice of active or inactive lifestyles. The module is largely theoretical in nature, although students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions and workshops regarding their own health and fitness practices.

Course info

UCAS Code C6X1

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 2019 or September 2020

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