module specification

ST6061 - Biomedical Implications of Exercise (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Biomedical Implications of Exercise
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 168
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
120 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Practical report
Unseen Examination 60%   Unseen examination
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases.  It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
This module analyses the interactions between exercise and a variety of disease. It covers both general topics such as epidemiology and pathology, as well as specific conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and psychological disorders. The module aims to give students some theoretical and practical experience of describing and understanding clinical conditions.


Critical analysis of concepts of health and fitness; principles of epidemiological investigation.
Disease patterns of developed countries including concepts of risk factors; genetic and environmental factors.
Exercise and the disease state, including a variety of degenerative and psychological disorders.
Introduction to exercise testing and prescription for those with diseases.

Learning and teaching

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by either an interactive seminar or a practical session. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas seminars/practicals offer students an opportunity to apply this knowledge to practice. Students will have access to the environmental chamber as well as simulation devices for altitude during practical classes.

Assessments will be dispersed evenly across the semester enabling students to gain early feedback and reflect on progress in an ongoing basis. They will be diverse (practical reports/essays) to focus on the different learning outcomes.

Key strategies:
Workshops/Seminars/Practicals (discussion/interaction/experiential learning)
WebLearn (blended learning/information point/discussion board)
Self-directed learning
Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the principles of epidemiological investigations and how they can be applied to investigate the interactions between exercise and diseases.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology and characteristics of a range of degenerative conditions, including the role of exercise in causation and treatment
3. Effectively collect and critically interpret some physiological measurements relevant to degenerative diseases

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed by a practical report and a written examination at the end of the semester. These assessments will focus on specific learning outcomes:
-Practical reports (1200 words): LO 2 and 3
-Written examination (1h): LO 1 and 2



ACSM (2000). Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 6th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM (2001). Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 4th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey (1992). The Sports Council, London.
Bouchard C, Shephard RJ, Stephens T (1994). Physical Activity, Fitness and Health: International Proceedings and Consensus Statement. Human Kinetics
Hardman AE & Stensel DJ (2003). Physical activity and health: The evidence explained. Routledge.
Shephard RJ, Miller HS Jr (1999). Exercise and the heart in health and disease. Marcel Dekker.
Skinner JS (1993). Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription for Special Cases (2nd edition). Lea & Febiger.
Watson RR and Eisinger M (1992). Exercise and Disease. CRC Press.
Weinberg RS & Gould D (2003). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 3rd ed. Human Kinetics.
Journal Articles
Braith, R and Edwards, DG. (2000) Exercise following heart transplantation. Sports Medicine, 30: 171-192.
Hagberg, JM et al. The role of exercise training in the treatment of hypertension Sports Medicine 2000. 30:3:193-206
Hardman, AE (1996) Exercise in the prevention of atherosclerotic, metabolic and hypertensive disease: a Review. J Sport Sci 14: 201-21
Offprint Journals
Haskell WL (1985) Physical Activity and Health: Need to Define the Required Stimulus. Am. J. Cardio. 55: 4D-9D
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group (2002). Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention. N Engl J Med  346: 393-403.
American College of Sports Medicine (1998). American College of Sports Medicine position stand : the recommended quantity and Quality of Exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness in healthy adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 30
Zinman B, Ruderman N, Campaigne BN, Devlin JT, Schneider SH (2003). Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes Care 26 Suppl 1:S73-77.

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