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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aims of this module is 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. The module is focused on physical activity promotion across a range of medical conditions and comorbidities including but not limited to hypertension, obesity, diabetes, heart disease. The typical model has been an exercise referral scheme whereby patients are referred by a medical or allied health professional to a structured exercise program in the community setting. This module will outline appropriate exercise programming for a variety of health condition and critically assess physical activity promotion with a focus on behaviour change and long-term adherence to a physically active lifestyle. Dr Sarah Hardcastle will co-teach in this module.

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
Fieldwork20Lectures available as podcast voiced-over slides presentation and some delivered live on-line (loop/zoom)
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

Reading is an essential element to this module. Students are expected to develop their knowledge of topics covered in the module through guided readings. These and other recommended readings will be available through the DCU library or otherwise directed. Guided texts are the minimum required readings and are proposed as a starting point. You will be encouraged to read beyond these texts.

Lectures contents
Exercise referral and rehabilitation: the context (SH) Non-communicable diseases & management (DS) Behaviour change and adherence (SH) Heart diseases and hypertension (DS) Diabetes and obesity (DS) Wearable technology in PA promotion (SH) Design and evaluation of Exercise interventions (SH) Pulmonary and Musculoskeletal chronic diseases (DS) Mental and brain illnesses and Cancer (DS) Integrating physiology and behaviour change into exercise programs: the assessment (SH)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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
Other Resources

40136, on-line materials, 0, Lectures notes on LOOP, 40142, Booklet (PDF), Susta D et al., 2018, Healthy Lifestyle Empowerment, http://doras.dcu.ie/22682/,
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