Exercise for Health
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
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! Its called Physical Activity. In this module you will learn just how important a physically active lifestyle is; how being physically active can improve physical and mental health and well-being (including your own); how a physically active lifestyle can help prevent many chronic conditions and how physical activity can be used in the treatment of these chronic conditions. This module will be really useful to those who wish to have a career in health and wellbeing coaching, personal training, exercise rehabilitation or physiotherapy.
This module will consist of interactive seminars and self-study and will begin with an overview of the importance of a physically active lifestyle to physical and mental wellbeing. Students will learn how physical activity can be measured and will get the opportunity to set a personal goal with the aim of improving their own physical or mental wellbeing by increasing their physical activity throughout this module. As well as learning about the importance of physical activity to their own health, students will learn about the common chronic conditions (e.g. Cardio-respiratory disease, Obesity & Diabetes, Cancer, Bone/Joint disease, neurological disease and mental health conditions) that are having a significant impact on people’s lives today and how being physically active can not only help prevent these conditions but can also be used in the treatment of these conditions.
C- to C+
Demonstrates an adequate knowledge for the development of tools to encourage physical activity in own self and clinical populations.
Demonstrates good knowledge for the development of tools to encourage physical activity in own self and clinical populations.
Demonstrates an excellent knowledge for the development of tools to encourage physical activity in own self and clinical populations.
1) Critically review the relationships between regular physical activity and physical and mental health outcomes.
3) Report own goal setting experience and convey applied scientific knowledge to a lay person via a personal blog.
5) Understand how information from the relevant scientific literature can be applied to developing deeper knowledge about the pathophysiology of common chronic conditions.
2) Understand the specialised skills required to measure physical activity and use this data to set goals and understand how to achieve them.
4) Using a range of sources, critically review the role lifestyle plays in preventing and treating common chronic diseases.
6) Critically evaluate and apply current exercise guidelines to prescribe suitable exercise programmes for people with a range of common chronic conditions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures/Seminars with group discussion, interactive questions to test understanding of lecture content, and application of knowledge to real-life setting. Directed reading will also be given to help you in your private study time
The best strategy is to go over the lecture content, contact the lecturer and book a tutorial for any information that is unclear or if you want to have a stimulating discussion about the topic!
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- 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
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- 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.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- 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
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
- accurately interpret case study data
- develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions
- develop effective learning aids
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-3073.html
Research papers will be made available on Blackboard Ultra under each lecture and in the resources section. 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 during independent study. Tailored readings e.g. Journal Articles etc. will be available to students on Blackboard Ultra. 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, A.et 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
In addition, for his component of the module, Aamer will provide revision videos available on his YouTube Revision channel called ‘Physiology Made Easy’: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxfslQe8hBQ3fSrC31HcZDw
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C618: BSc Sport Sci: Strength & Conditioning year 3 (BSC/SSSC)
- C65P: BSc Sport Science: Strength & Conditioning with Placement Yr year 4 (BSC/SSSCP)
Optional in courses:
- C617: BSc Sport Science, PE & Coaching year 3 (BSC/SSCPE)
- C64P: BSc Sport Science, PE and Coaching with Placement Year year 4 (BSC/SSCPEP)