Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hr lecture per week
Practical 1 x 2hr practical per week
Seminars / Tutorials 3 x 1 hr tutorial (every 3 weeks over term)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (4000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 hr examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed component  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of how selected physiological, psychological and biomechanical factors influence a full understanding of human movement and physical activity.

Demonstrate an understanding of behaviour change in the health setting.

Critically evaluate and synthesise information from across the physiological, psychological and biomechanical disciplines to better understand the relationship between exercise and health in humans.

Demonstrate employment relevant, transferable and professional skills.


The module forms part of the core structure of the MSc in Exercise and Health Research. While students will specialise in specific sub-disciplines of the exercise and health sciences, researchers will invariably need to address/take account of, the individual in the whole. This is reflected in government strategy and funding body remit to extend traditional research areas to take into account the human in the real world context. This module therefore equips students with an understanding of key issues which need to be taken into account from a physiological, psychological and/or biomechanical perspective when examining the relationship between exercise and health in humans.

Brief description

This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding of key physiological, psychological and biomechanical issues when undertaking research examining exercise and health. Through their studies students will develop key skills necessary to gain employment within the research environment; while these skills will be developed within the context of movement and physical activity they will have relevance across a range of research areas. These skills include subject/participant care, ethical, professional, and health and safety issues and written and verbal communication. In addition, students will engage in peer supervision sessions, led by Department staff to help develop self-reflection skills.


Indicative content includes:

The issues addressed within each discipline (physiology, psychology and biomechanics) will be those which impact on research into physical activity and health across all disciplines.
Possible themes may include:
Physiology: identification of exercise intensity and quantification of exercise dose
Psychology: motivation, quality of life
Biomechanics: balance and co-ordination

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work.
Communication Written examination and essay.
Improving own Learning and Performance Tutorials: critically analysing relevant research articles.
Information Technology Use of web-based literature databases, production of written essay. Blackboard, Excel, Word.
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation for students aiming to work in health, health promotion or physical activity research and postgraduate work.
Problem solving Using an evidence based approach to address specific issues
Research skills Literature searching and evaluation.
Subject Specific Skills Laboratory and data collection and processing skills (laboratory).
Team work Team work skills are required in the practical classes.


This module is at CQFW Level 7