Postgraduate

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Modules

MMB8044 : Exercise in Health and Disease

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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 ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation for assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1134:00134:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Introduction to the module and directed reading
Total200:00
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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A601 essay from a choice of 3
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Critique and summary of 1 paper from a choice of 4. 1000 words
Written exercise1M20Lay infographic: benefits of exercise in a chronic disease suitable for general public. 1 page
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam paper assesses each student’s knowledge base, comprehension and ability to discuss the subject critically.

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

The infographic 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

Timetable