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Module JXH-4001:
Exercise is Medicine

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Jennifer Cooney

Overall aims and purpose

Exercise is Medicine! In this module you will learn about the common chronic conditions that are having a significant impact on peoples health today. You will learn how exercise and increased physical activity can be used to help treat a variety of pathological conditions. Students will be given opportunities to develop key practical skills in clinical exercise testing and exercise prescription according to current guidelines. Additional practical sessions will help students explore techniques used for blood vessel imaging in cardiovascular research.

Course content

This module will cover the following themes: Semester One: Ischemic Heart Disease Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Introduction to Exercise Rehabilitation, Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription

Semester Two: Cardio Protective Effects of Exercise, Aging and Cardiovascular Health, Exercise and the Autonomic Nervous System, Examination of Vascular Health,

There are three assessments for this module - see assessment tab for further information.

Please note: module failure that prevents any student from passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC but expected to be second week of July 2020).

Assessment Criteria


Most criteria are met to a very good standard; some may be met to an excellent standard or to a good standard.


Most criteria are met to an adequate standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components

C- to C+

Most criteria are met to a good standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components


Some criteria are met to an exceptionally high standard; the remainder are met to an excellent standard

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the physiological adaptations that occur with exercise training in the human body and how this relates to a range of chronic conditions.

  2. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of and critically discuss pathophysiology, symptoms, and diagnosis of different diseases

  3. Analyse and apply different types of suitable exercise tests and exercise training programs for a range of patients with chronic conditions or in those during recovery from treatment

  4. Be able to critically analyse scientific papers and reviews

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Practical examination (worth 40 %) (Assessing Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4). With reference to one of the case histories given, prepare for and undertake pre-assessment consultation, functional capacity assessment, exercise prescription and lifestyle counselling for the person described.

ESSAY Assessment Three Written Assignment

2000 word written assignment on the impact of exercise on cardiovascular disease (40% of final module mark).

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Assessment One Audio PowerPoint Presentation

10 minute audio PowerPoint presentation of a chosen chronic condition (20% of final module mark). You will prepare a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation demonstrating your knowledge of your chosen chronic condition and how exercise can be utilized in the treatment of patients. The Presentation should include: • Background to the condition • The rationale for using exercise as a treatment for the chosen condition • Review of research papers that examine the role of exercise in treating that condition.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 246
Laboratory 33
Seminar 21

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Subject specific skills

  • 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
  • plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • accurately interpret case study data
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions


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:

• Lemmey, A.B. et al., (2009). Effects of High-Intensity Resistance Training in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 61: 1726–1734

• Sandoo, al., (2010). The endothelium and its role in regulating vascular tone. The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal, 23(4): 302-12

• Heyward (2010). Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. 6th edition. Human Kinetics

• 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

• Fu &Levine (2013) Exercise and the autonomic nervous system in Handbook of Clinical Neurology pp 147-60.

• Smith & Fernhall (2011) Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology. Human Kinetics. 1st Edition.

• Taylor and Jonson (2008), Physiology of Exercise and Healthy Aging. Human Kinetics

• ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2014), 9th Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: