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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC3326 Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Scott Bowen

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of levels 1 and 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students will understand how to;
- stratify individuals into risk categories in health screening;
- describe and utilize the general principles of exercise testing and prescription;
- interpret the results of health related physical fitness testing and clinical exercise testing;
- critically evaluate the utility and diagnostic value of health related physical fitness and clinical exercise testing;
- correctly modify exercise prescription for special populations (for example cardiac patients, the elderly, children, pregnant women) and clinical conditions (eg dyslipdemia, obesity, hypertension, diabetes).

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- Explain the principles of patient risk stratification;
- Analyse and interpret data from an exercise test;
- Construct an exercise prescription;
- Differentiate prescriptions for special population groups.


The syllabus includes:
- Preparticipation health screening and risk stratification;
- Pre-exercise evaluations;
- Clinical exercise testing 1;
- Clinical exercise testing 2;
- General principles of exercise prescription;
- Prescription modifications for cardiac patients;
- Other special populations and clinical conditions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Details of private study and independent learning:

Students will be expected to study towards a seminar and towards a written examination. This study will be via independent reading and literature searching.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This will be undertaken by summative assessments as in course work, attendance records and an exam at the end of semester 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyCase study/data interpretation50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 50.00
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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