SP5035 - Physical Activity & Health

What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with an understanding of the factors that contribute to health status and health management, the role of physical activity in public health and how health promotion strategies are applied in practice. The module will give you an insight to the public health strategies and the social, cultural and economic impact on the management of health and well-being. In this module you will also learn about the role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being, including how individual, social, cultural and economic factors influence uptake and adherence of physical activity. The module will also give you insight into health promotion initiatives and the role of physical activity in health promotion. The module will draw upon expertise to provide you with up-to-date information on research both within the department and further afield.

How will I learn on this module?

Sessions will be delivered in a variety of formats in order to utilise the potential of each learning platform. You will be able to access materials on the eLP. Sessions will be delivered to allow you to gain an insight to core content as well as discuss the basic conceptual framework for each topic. Staff will also facilitate more in-depth discussion of current research in the field, real world scenarios, and problem-based case studies to enable you to develop both your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content. You will be encouraged to engage in independent study, in particular the reading of current journal articles, in order to further your knowledge base and develop critical thinking.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The eLP will be used as a means of communicating the details of module information and assessment. The eLP will also be used to deliver material and tasks in advance and during sessions. An assessment session will be provided during the module to afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions. During the module, you will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development. In addition, the module team will be available for tutorials to discuss any aspects of the module outside of the class time. You will also receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development for any future of a similar nature. Further academic skills can be supported through the University Library services. If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

Critically understand health and wellbeing and their differences among individuals and communities.

Evaluate the role of physical activity in the management of health and well-being.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

Analyse issues relating to the provision of physical activity for diverse groups.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

Evaluate biological, social and cultural factors that influence the management of health and wellbeing.

How will I be assessed?

There are two assessment components for this module. First you will write an individual evaluation of a single aspect of a community profile e.g. access to green space (500 words with accompanying evidence in an appendices, 50%, MLO 1, 4). Then in groups, you will be required to deliver a presentation focussed on a strategy in order to promote health and well-being (15-minutes, 50%, MLO 1, 2, 3, 4). This assignment will require details of your population(s), including an understanding of their provisions and requirements as well as any other factors that may influence the management of their health.

Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided to you which could be based on your performance to critique a real-world scenario, problem solving a case study or a task of a similar nature.

Summative Feedback

You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

Physical Activity and Health is a module that will provide you with an understanding of the role of physical activity in public health. This module will give you an understanding of what can influence health management such as social, cultural and economic factors. The module will also give you an insight to the role of physical activity in public health, including aspect which affect physical activity from a public health perspective. During the module you will be tasked with developing a strategy focussed on improving health and well-being accounting for provisions and requirements as well as any other factors that may influence the management of health. You will become familiar with the latest research within the department on physical activity and health as well as research and practices further afield in order to enable you to develop your skills needed in careers in healthcare and public health.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.


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