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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

This module gives students an understanding about the pathophysiology of common chronic diseases in Industrialised Society, including an appreciation of the role lifestyle plays in the risk of developing these diseases. The module will also provide insight about the role of exercise in preventing and treating these diseases.

The module provides core knowledge to students wishing to pursue careers in health and exercise sciences.

Course content

The module will consist of interactive seminars and self-study.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: 1) Explain the pathophysiology of common chronic diseases; 2) Assess the role lifestyle plays in preventing and treating common chronic diseases; 3) Appraise the potential benefit and risk of exercise interventions in common chronic diseases; 4) Construct exercise interventions for implementation in common chronic diseases.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

You will be required to design an evidence-based exercise prescription for a patient with a specific chronic disease chosen from either the autoimmune disease or stroke lectures. You will be expected to provide some background and context about the condition and prescription using the relevant literature. Your exercise prescription should include and explanation of any special considerations for the given population.

Information about the case study will be available in a separate document under the ‘assessments’ tab in Blackboard.

EXAM End Of Term Exam

The assessment will comprise of 50 MCQ’s based on content from the following lectures: 1) Pulmonary disease (COPD) 2) Obesity related diseases (OSA, Diabetes) 3) Cardiac diseases 4) Peripheral arterial disease 5) Pregnancy

You will have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the test (this time takes into account extra time needed for students with disabilities).


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.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

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

Specific and up-to-date research papers will be provided at the end of each lecture presentation.

ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: