Module Identifier SS32320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Pre-Requisite SS22020  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours 11 x 2 hour lectures  
  Practical   2 Hours 10 x 2 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Examination  50%
Semester Assessment 3000 Word written report  50%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours Written examination  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the epidemiological and pathophysiological evidence which underpins current guidelines for the inclusion of physical activity in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle;

Demonstrate an awareness of pre-assessment screening, risk stratification and issues related to the selection of safe and appropriate physiological assessment protocols for both healthy individuals and those suffering from chronic disease;

Interpret and evaluate data from physiological assessment protocols and demonstrate an awareness of validity and reliability issues;

Brief description

The module will cover generic aspects of physiological assessment for both healthy individuals and those presenting with a range of chronic medical conditions including pre-assessment screening, risk stratification, assessment protocols and interpretation of assessment data. In addition, students will study the epidemiological evidence for the promotion of physical activity and the pathophysiological basis of a selection of medical conditions and the effect of physical activity on the disease process.


Epidemiology and the relationship between health/disease and physical activity;
Health benefits of physical activity in the healthy population, including recommendations;
Pre-assessment screening and risk stratification;
Health-related physical fitness assessment;
Clinical assessment of those with chronic disease;
Pathophysiological basis of a range of chronic diseases: eg. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD);
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); Osteoporosis; Diabetes Mellitus; Asthma;
Obesity; Hypertension; Elderly; Pregnant.

Reading Lists

ACSM (2000) Guidelines for Exercise Testing nad Prescription 6th. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
ACSM (1997) Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Disease and Disabilities Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
ACSM (2001) Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 4th. Philadelphia, P.A: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Bouchard, C. (2000) Physical Activity and Obesity Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Khan, K., McKay, H., Kannus, P., Wardk, J. and Bennell, K. (2001) Physical Activity and Bone Health Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics


This module is at CQFW Level 6