EXERCISE REFERRAL AND PRESCRIPTION - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3085

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

MANDERS R Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

C841

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION ( 15 MINS ) 30
Coursework WRITTEN REPORT ( 2500 WORDS ) 70

Alternative Assessment

In the case of the individual presentation an alternative assessment can be done by handing in the presentation hand-outs accompanied by a written explanation to the slides. For the written final report alternative assessment is not possible.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1044 Principles of exercise, fitness and health BMS2052 Pathology a metabolic perspective

Module overview

Students will enter the module with an already good understanding of the pathophysiology of the most prevalent chronic diseases (gained from BMS2039 and BMS2052). Students will examine the evidence of using physical activity and exercise training in the prevention and treatment of (chronic) diseases in different populations and will learn to analyse, apply and implement safe and effective exercise training programs in these populations. The students will apply this knowledge by designing a research proposal that aims to test new exercise referral interventions. There is an option to undertake an industry recognised Exercise Referral award (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals) alongside this module.

Module aims

Learn to apply exercise as a treatment strategy for different chronic clinical conditions

Expand their knowledge on the underlying metabolic and pathological causes of common health issues/conditions

Evaluate the specific exercise induced changes to human physiology that serve as the underlying bases for exercise referral

Develop clinical exercise testing skills

Gain insight into factors effecting adherence to exercise programmes

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Gather scientific information to address a formulated research question KCP
Develop a scientific argument through evidence based writing and support with referencing KC
Critically analyse and evaluate information to support conclusions/recommendations. KC
Justify a research design to address a research question or hypothesis KC
Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills PT
Be familiar with widely used pre-exercise screening tools and procedures to help to determine risk and health status. KC
Assess and analyse health-related fitness tests, including maximal and/or submaximal tests of aerobic fitness, and tests of muscular (strength, endurance and flexibility) fitness. C
Understand the validity and reliability of commonly used fitness tests, as well as the criteria used to terminate such tests. KC
Construct effective, safe and realistic exercise training programmes for individuals with specific health issues. PT
Develop evidence-based exercise programs (including implementation, monitoring and follow-up). CPT
Demonstrate research skills. PT
Present information to a panel of experts and peers. C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Current evidence relating to aerobic and muscular fitness training for health improvement.

• Intensity, duration, frequency, and type of exercise for health-related benefits in (sub) clinical populations.

• Different components of, and exercises to be included in an exercise programme.

• Risk stratification

• Clinical Pulmonary exercise testing

• Specific interest groups:

- Diabetes (Type 1&2);

- Obesity;

- COPD;

- Cardiovascular disease;

- Hypertension;

- Cancer;

- Elderly.

• Relationships between exercise work rate and rating of perceived exertion.

• Different stages of an exercise programme.

• Signs of excessive strain, which should lead to termination of the programme or test.

• Current policies and legal issues in exercise referral

• Behavioural and motivational aspects of exercise and adherence to intervention programmes

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Students will have lectures and tutorials to provide them with further understanding of the concepts underlying the health benefits of exercise in a variety of (sub)clinical conditions. This knowledge will be integrated into practical classes that are designed to further their understanding of the topic and to provide them with the practical and professional skills necessary. Throughout the module SurreyLearn will extensively be used to inform students and disseminate specific contents such as lecture hand-outs, useful links and additional literature. SurreyLearn will also be used to communicate between academics and students to effectively answer questions that are of relevance to all students.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures - 15 hours

• (pre practical) Tutorial - 3 hours

• Practical - 12 hours

• individual assignment.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that the students have a strong understanding of clinical conditions and know how these can be treated and/or prevented with different modes of exercise. The students can apply contemporary research and current guidelines in order to design a scientifically viable

research protocol that aims to develop effective and safe exercise referral programmes. The assessments will include feedback on practicals that allows them to get early feedback on their progress.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

A scientific research protocol that focuses on gathering new knowledge and expand the understanding of exercise related health adaptations. The protocol should be based on a critical assessment of the current knowledge of the underlying mechanisms relating to exercise referral and health benefits. This proposal will have to presented in the form of:

• A written report.

• An individual presentation of the prgramme for peers, academic staff and referral specialists.

• Their ability to critically engage with research literature and formulate new hypothesis.

Formative assessment and feedback of:

• Understand and elaborate on medical conditions for which exercise referral is commonly prescribed.

• Demonstrate the ability to plan, prepare and safely execute a referral programma. Students can obtain formative feedback from a variety of sources:

• Verbal feedback following lectures or during tutorials

• Verbal feedback from academics or demonstrators during practicals

• Feedback to specific queries via email, with responses being made available to all via SurreyLearn or during tutorials as appropriate generic class feedback to practical reports

Reading list

Reading list for EXERCISE REFERRAL AND PRESCRIPTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3085

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.