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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC2242 Physical Activity and Health

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Alison Divine

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

Semester 2 of SPSC2309: Skill Acquisition, Motor Learning and RehabilitationSemester 2 of SPSC2315: Social and Applied Psychology of Sport and Exercise

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the importance of physical activity to benefit health and well-being. The module covers definitions of physical activity and recommendations for different populations by national (Chief Medical Office, UK) and Global (World Health Organisation) health bodies. Students will learn about impact of the environment (space and communities) on physical activity and consider concepts such as cultural tailoring of physical activity and the ableist notion of physical activity. Examining the use of the growth of wearables and technology (e.g., Fitbits, Ora rings) we consider how to measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Finally, this module investigates how to design, and measure the impact of physical activity programmes for specific populations throughout the life and health span.


This module investigates the concept of physical activity, key influencers on physical activity patterns, and how to measure physical activity. The module then investigates and evaluates the effects of interventions to increase physical activity at the community/population level rather than the individual level. We consider physical activity throughout the life and health span.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Define and outline the concepts of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their measurement;
2. Identify and describe aspects of culture and the environment and their effect on physical activity patterns;
3. Identify and evaluate techniques to measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour;
4. Design, communicate and evaluate a programme to increase physical activity or decreases sedentary behaviour.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: collecting, selecting, organising and interpreting data, data evaluation and synthesis, use of IT skills.
- Managing Self: planning, time management, independent study;
- Managing Interrelationships: teamwork and cooperation, decision taking, learning from others, peer reviewing,
- Presentation Skills: visual presentation of data, scientific writing.


- Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: National and Global Recommendations
- Measuring Physical Activity
- Wearables, Technology and Physical Activity
- Environmental Influences on Physical Activity
- Culture, Disability and Physical Activity
- Physical Activity and Mass Participation and Sporting Events (e.g., Couch to 5k, Hand Bike Battle, walking football)
- Physical Activity and Maternal Health (Pre and Post Natal)
- Physical Activity and Childhood and Adolescence
- Physical Activity and Older People
Physical Activity and Non-Communicable Diseases
Physical Activity, Falls and Dementia

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning42.008.00
On-line Learning71.007.00
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours153.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent Online Learning:
4 online formative activities: 3 hours/activity= 12 hours
Private study:
Background reading for screencasts: 3 hours per topic/screencast =21 hours
Background Reading for Live Lectures: 3 hours per topic/lecture = 51 hours
Background Reading for tutorial: 3 hours/ tutorial =3 hours
Background Reading for assessment = 78

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored via guide questions used for online sessions, and formative worksheets associated with labs and lectures which students peer mark and discuss with demonstrators.
- A scheduled tutorial is timetables for students to present their programme ideas based on PICOS format and tutor to give feedback.
All staff offer 2 hour consultation hours /week as a minimum for other opportunities for formative feedback
- Weekly MCQ will be used to provide feedback on understanding.
- Padlet activities used to lectures to share and comment on ideas/information for programme development.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectOnline presentation (10 mins, c10 slides)30.00
In-course AssessmentIndividual question response: Verbal response to question asked about presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Physical Activity Programme: Design and evaluate a programme to increase PA, group. Presentation to cover target group, aim of programme, rational for programme design, evaluation of programme; uploaded to STREAM.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment0 hr 50 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:48:33


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