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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Exercise Referral&Physical activity Promotion
Module Code SS306
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Hannah Goss
Semester 2: Hannah Goss
Autumn: Hannah Goss
Module TeachersAnna Donnla O'Hagan
Hannah Goss
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Re-sit presentation

To integrate and apply principles of exercise medicine and health psychology to effective physical activity programming and intervention in a variety of healthy and clinical population groups.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the pathophysiology and clinical aspects affecting exercise capacity and the role of exercise as treatment in chronic illnesses
2. Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based current practices in relation to the role of exercise in chronic illness management
3. Identify strategies for increasing exercise adherence and critically evaluate their effectiveness
4. Critically analyse and synthesise the literature related to exercise as medicine in disease prevention or management
5. Design an exercise intervention based on critical review and application of theoretical and research evidence

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10No Description
Independent Study80Independent study
Seminars10No Description
Group work25No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Physical activity and health

Exercise referral and rehabilitation: The context

Non-communicable diseases

Exercise prescription for cardiovascular disease; hypertension; diabetes; obesity; cancer and various health conditions.

Development and evaluation of health promotion interventions

Behaviour change strategies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationDesign a theory-informed intervention to improve exercise adherence and long-term physical activity participation in a patient group.40%n/a
EssayEssay- To what extent, and how, does the use of theory and related behaviour change strategies enhance the long-term outcomes of physical activity interventions?60%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • American College of Sports Medicine: 2018, ACSM’s Guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 10th, Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia, 97814963390
  • Saxton, J: 2011, Exercise and chronic disease: an evidence-based approach, Routledge, London, 0415498600
  • Buckworth, J., Dishman, R.K., O’Connor, P. & Tomprowski, P.Ds.: 2013, Exercise Psychology, 2nd, Human Kinetics, Champaign,
  • Bess Marcus,LeighAnn H. Forsyth,LeighAnn Forsyth: 2009, Motivating People to be Physically Active, Human Kinetics Publishers, 0736072470
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health
Date of Last Revision11-OCT-10

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