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SES3004 : Lifestyle and Disease

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rebecca Townsend
  • Lecturer: Dr Daniel West, Professor Emma Stevenson
  • 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 an understanding of how lifestyle factors including physical activity, exercise and nutrition can be used as preventative and therapeutic methods 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, nutrition and cancer
•       Physical activity, exercise, nutrition and metabolic disease
•       Physical activity, exercise, nutrition and healthy ageing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation of oral presentation and revision for written exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PIP - on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00PIP - On campus
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1131:00131:00This includes reading and writing up lecture notes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00PIP - on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous Online - Introductory Lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the platform for providing key knowledge and concepts for students to extend in private study. practical, seminars, workshops and structured guided learning activities (e.g. quizzes) will be used to, but will use an interactive (seminar based) format to expand on the lecture material covered in online sessions. This approach provides students with the opportunity to practice and reflect on, individually and with peers, their critical and analytical skills. The Module Talk 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/Workshops; 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 Examination1201A60Invigilated exam: Essay questions, students to answer 2 from 4 - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M4015-minute group PowerPoint presentation (groups of ~4-6) promoting physical activity to a specific patient group - PIP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The oral presentation will require the student to evaluate and summarise the evidence base for physical activity and/or exercise to a specific patient group.

Both assessments will require the student to integrate their knowledge and skills learnt from lectures, seminar-based tasks, practical sessions, and further reading.

Reading Lists