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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Exercise & Chronic Illness Rehabilitation
Module Code SS336
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James O'Donovan
Semester 2: James O'Donovan
Autumn: James O'Donovan
Module TeachersJames O'Donovan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims 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
Lecture20Lectures and seminars.
Independent Study105Independent study, reading self-learning materials and assignment preparation
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
Introducing the students to the definition of physical activity, the recommended guidelines and the importance of physical activity across the lifespan.

Exercise referral and rehabilitation: The context
The role of exercise in rehabilitation and the referral pathways to exercise programmes.

Non-communicable diseases
Chronic illnesses including neurological and cardiovascular diseases.

Exercise prescription in chronic illness/disease
Exercise prescription for cardiovascular disease; hypertension; diabetes; obesity; cancer and various health conditions.

Development and evaluation of health promotion interventions
Evaluate and appraise established health promotion intervention and understand their design.

Behaviour change strategies
Different models of behaviour change and what strategies may be employed by an Athletic Therapist to assist this change.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationDesign a theory-informed intervention to improve exercise adherence and long-term physical activity participation in a patient group.40%Sem 1 End
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%Sem 1 End
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: 2017, ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, LWW, 9781496339065
  • Moore, Geoffrey,Durstine, J. Larry,Painter, Patricia. American College of Sports Medicine: 2016, ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons With Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, 4E, Human Kinetics, 9781450434140
  • Buckworth, J., Dishman, R.K., O’Connor, P. & Tomprowski, P.D.: 2013, Exercise Psychology., 2nd, Human Kinetics, 9781492575887
  • Bess Marcus,LeighAnn H. Forsyth,LeighAnn Forsyth: 2009, Motivating People to be Physically Active, 2nd, Human Kinetics Publishers, 0736072470
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training

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