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Module JXH-3048:
Exercise for Clinical Populati

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Aamer Sandoo

Overall aims and purpose

If there was one pill that could prevent a variety of chronic diseases, improve your mood, reduce depression, enhance sleep quality, increase self-esteem, help you develop an athletic physique, and improve cognition, you would surely take it right? Well this pill is now available and its FREE! It's called Physical Activity

On this module, the tutors will show you how you can use physical activity to help people suffering from a variety of chronic diseases. Real patients will come in and share their experiences with you. This module will be really useful to those who wish to have a career in exercise rehabilitation, physiotherapy and lifestyle risk management.

Course content

The module will consist of interactive seminars and self-study. Students will learn about common chronic diseases including (but not limited to) coronary heart disease, autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis), stroke, and chronic kidney disease. A special lecture will be provided about the role of exercise during pregnancy. A novel aspect of this module is that real patients will be coming in to talk to patients about how their condition affects their day to day life as well as the role exercise plays in alleviating symptoms and improving outcomes.

Assessment Criteria


Deep understanding about elements of creating an effective exercise prescription to improve the health and quality of life with patients with chronic diseases. Excellent knowledge of incorporating progression into the prescription.

C- to C+




Learning outcomes

  1. Appraise the potential benefit and risk of exercise interventions in common chronic diseases;

  2. Construct exercise interventions for implementation in common chronic diseases

  3. Explain the pathophysiology of common chronic diseases

  4. Assess the role lifestyle plays in preventing and treating common chronic diseases

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Case Study 50
End of Term MCQ Exam 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


lectures; student interaction is encouraged

Private study

exam preparation, outside reading about lecture topics


Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.


Reading list

Research papers will be made available on Blackboard under each Lecture and in Resources. It should be noted, that whilst these articles will give you a good understanding of the topics discussed during the module they are by no means an exhaustive list and additional reading material should be sourced. Tailored readings e.g. Journal Articles etc. will be available to students on Blackboard. See below for a sample:

• ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2016), 10th Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins • Heyward (2010). Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. 6th edition. Human Kinetics • Sandoo, al., (2010). The endothelium and its role in regulating vascular tone. The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal, 23(4): 302-12 • Durstine et al. (2009). ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics. • Ehrman et al (2013), Clinical Exercise Physiology. 3rd Edition. Human Kinetics • Smith & Fernhall (2011) Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology. Human Kinetics. 1st Edition. • Taylor and Jonson (2008), Physiology of Exercise and Healthy Aging. Human Kinetics

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: