SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B124232
Module Leader Elspeth Donaldson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 1 and 2 BSc Hons Physiotherapy modules.

Summary of Content

The purpose of the module is to allow students to acquire a deeper, more critical understanding of the role of physical activity in enabling people to attain their optimal level of health and well-being while reducing the risk of chronic diseases and functional decline. The module will examine both the preventative and therapeutic benefits of physical activity, and will consider the lifespan, from children to frail elderly people, and specific clinical populations. It will encourage students to critically appraise current practice in the promotion of physical activity uptake and adherence within community and clinical settings. It will adopt an evidence-based approach to the theoretical components of physical activity prescription. The module will include the development of safe and effective practical skills in relation to the measurement of physical activity and physical fitness, and the delivery of physical activity interventions, taking into account health and safety recommendations.


The Syllabus will include the following: Concepts of physical activity, physical fitness, sedentary behaviour and their relationship. Physical and mental health benefits associated with activity and fitness across the lifespan and issues of the dose-response relationships. Methods to assess, measure and monitor physical activity, physical fitness and sedentary behaviour Trends in local and global activity participation throughout the lifespan Identify local physical activity opportunities Age, gender and cultural factors which might act as motivators or barriers to the adoption of an active lifestyle and exercise ahgerebce Physical activity guidelines for different age groups and health conditions Motiviational Interviewing skills to increase participation of, and aherence to, physical activity Use of FITT components to design and deliver appropriate evidence-based preventive and therapeutic physical activity interventions for different age groups and health conditions.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:1. Analyse the evidence linking physical activity to specific health and functional benefits in people of different ages and with specific health conditions. 2. Analyse the barriers and facilitators to the adoption of physical activity at different life stages and within different patient groups. 3. Appraise the effectiveness of interventions to increase participation of, and adherence to, physical activity. 4. Use the evidence to design and deliver appropriate evidence-based physical activity programmes for selected client groups and health conditions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A variety of teaching strategies will be used with the emphasis on encouraging students to take an active part in their learning and in developing a critical approach to the literature and evaluation of the evidence regarding the use of exercise and activity to achieve specified health outcomes. The strategies will include: interactive lectures to introduce new material; tutorials and seminars for which students will be expected to have undertaken independent study / directed work in preparation for group tasks and / or class debate; individual and group presentations. Practical sessions will be used to develop skills required for aspects of fitness assessment and exercise delivery. Students will have the opportunity for negotiating part of the curriculum.

Indicative Reading

Ballard-Barbash, R., Friedenreich, C., Courneya, K., Siddiqi, S., McTiernan, A.& Alfano, C., 2012. Physical Activity, Biomarkers, and Disease Outcomes in Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 104, no. 11, pp. 815-840 . Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2011. Code of Members' Professional Values and Behaviour. CSP: London, [Online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 26th June 2013]. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2012 Information paper: Record Keeping guidance PD061, CSP London,[Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 26th June 2013]. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2013a. Quality Assurance Standards for Physiotherapy Service Delivery. CSP London [Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 11 th October 2013]. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy , 2013b. Practice Education: guidance, Support and Information. CSP London [Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 11 th October 2013]. Chodzko-Zaijko W.J., Proctor D.N., Fiatarone Singh M.A., Minson C.T., Nigg C.R., Salem G.J., Skinner J.S. 2009 Exercise and physical activity for older adults. ACSM Position Stand. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1510-1530. Colberg S.R., Albright A.L., Blissmer B.J., Braun B., Chasan-Taber L., Fernhall B. et al. 2010 Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes. ACSM and ADA Joint Position Statement. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Donnelly J., Blair S.N., Jakicic J.M., Manore M.M., Rankin J.W., Smith B.K. 2009 ACSM Position Stand: Appropriate activity intervention strategies for weight loss and prevention of weight regain for adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41: 459-471. Health and Care Professions Council, 2012. Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. HCPC: London, [Online]. Available at: <> . [Accessed 26 th June 2013]. Health and Care Professions Council, 2013. Standards of Proficiency - Physiotherapists. HCPC London [Online], Available at <> . [Accessed 11 th October 2013]. Janssen I. and LeBlanc A.G. 2010 Systematic review of the health benefits of physical activity and fitness in school-aged children and youth. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Lee L-L., Watson M.C., Mulvaney C.A., Tsai C-C., Lo S-F. 2010 The effect of walking interventions on blood pressure control: a systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47: 1545-1561. Mead G. and van Wijck F. (Eds) 2012 Exercise after stroke: a handbook for evidence-based practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Muller-Riemenschneider F., Reinhold T., Nocon M., Willich S.N. 2008 Long-term effectiveness of interventions promoting physical activity: a systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 47: 354-368. Nordstrom A., Tervo T., Hogstrom S. 2011 The effect of physical activity on bone accrual, osteoporosis and fracture prevention. The Open Bone Journal, 3: 11-21. Samitz G., Egger M., Zwahlen M. 2011 Domains of physical activity and all-cause mortality: systematic review and dose response meta-analysis of cohort studies. International Journal of Epidemiology, 40:1382-1400. Sharma H., Bulley C., van Wijck F. 2012 Experiences of an exercise referral scheme from the perspective of people with chronic stroke: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy, 98: 341-348. Sherrington C., Tiedemann A., Fairhall N., Close J.C.T., Lord S.R. 2011 Exercise to prevent falls in older adults: an updated meta-analysis and best practice recommendations. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 22 (3-4): 78-83. World Health Organisation 2010 Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health. WHO Geneva [online] Available at: <>

Transferrable Skills

Participation within this module will enable students to acquire and / or develop the following transferable skills: time management; physical activity motivational strategies; physical activity and aerobic fitness measurement procedures; evidence-based exercise prescription and delivery; group work and negotiation; peer appraisal skills; literature searching; literature appraisal and synthesis; organisational skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
A- Presentation n/a 50.00 35% Group Presentation
B- Essay n/a 50.00 35% Tri B - Coursework - 2000 words