Module Identifier SS32320  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Thatcher  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Euros Michael Edwards  
Pre-Requisite SS22020 OR RS21020  
Course delivery Practical   10 x 2 hour practicals  
  Lecture   11 x 2 hour lectures  
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.

Module Skills

Problem solving Written report assessment: Identification of issues related to specific chronic medical condition. Construction of rationale for the inclusion of specific methods to be employed within the proposed management of condition.  
Research skills Research findings will be required to support rationale for written report.  
Communication Written - assessed 3000 word report  
Improving own Learning and Performance Identification and researching of specific medical condition to be focus of written report assessment  
Team work Working within a team during the performance of both laboratory and field based physiological testing.  
Application of Number Epidemiological Meta-Analysis  
Personal Development and Career planning Module content has high vocational focus  

Reading Lists

ACSM (1997) Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Disease and Disabilities Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
ACSM (2000) Guidelines for Exercise Testing nad Prescription 6th. Philadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
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