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MMB8044 : Exercise in Health and Disease

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel West
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Holliday, Dr Sam Orange
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to provide students with principles of how exercise can be used as a preventative and therapeutic method in health and disease. Particular attention will be paid to the physiological underpinning of why exercise yields multiple health benefits in conditions that are major societal issues, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and healthy ageing.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Overview of exercise: modality, intensity
•       Acute and chronic exercise adaptations
•       Metabolism in healthy and diseased states
•       Exercise and insulin sensitivity
•       Skeletal muscle mass and ageing
•       Obesity and liver disease
•       Exercise and Type 2 diabetes
•       Cardiovascular health
•       Disease prevention, treatment and survival
•       Exercise and non-communicable disease
•       Ethical issues in exercise research

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00Present in Person (PIP): Main theory content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Synchronous online: Main theory content
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Non-synchronous online: Main theory content
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00Review articles, published scientific articles
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Present in person (PIP): Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Present in person (PIP): Assessment 2 preparation, Q & A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Present in person (PIP): Introduction to the module and directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Present in person (PIP): Assessment 1 preparation, Q & A
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 provide students with the opportunity to practice and reflect on, individually and in the seminar groups, their critical and analytical skills. The first session of the course (Introductory Workshop) will include information on the in course assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Scientific critique (1200 words), plus a 300 word layman’s summary as if describing the paper to a patient.
Written exercise1M50Lay infographic: 1 page plus 500 word public/patient health magazine article
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The scientific critique assesses each student’s ability to summarise literature and to scrutinise scientific rationale, methods and data reporting.

The infographic and layman report is designed to test the student’s ability to understand and distil important knowledge to a lay audience. The assessment also allows students to implement IT skills.

Reading Lists