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ESC3004 : Physical Activity, Exercise and Disease

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of how exercise can be used as a preventative and therapeutic method in health and disease. Students will also gain an appreciation of some of the molecular and physiological changes associated with regular physical activity programmes across different diseases.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Physical activity, exercise and heart disease
•       Physical activity, exercise and metabolic disease
•       Physical activity, exercise and healthy ageing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1135:00135:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the platform for providing key knowledge and concepts for students to extend in private study. Research Seminar workshops will expand on the material presented in lectures and also provides students with the opportunity to practise and reflect on, individually and in the seminar groups, their critical and analytical skills. The first lecture of the module will include information on the in course assessments.

Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learned resources online. Skills practiced include critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, active learning, planning, time management and organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Essay questions, students to answer 2 from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Critique and summary of 1 paper from a choice of 4 (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam paper assesses each student’s knowledge base, comprehension and ability to be critical.

The scientific critique assesses each student’s ability to summarise literature and to have an appreciation of the scientific rationale, methods and data reporting.

Reading Lists