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Module Title
Exercise Prescription and Delivery for Varying Populations

exercise Prescription; populations in sport and exercise; adapted physical activity; sedentary behaviour

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedMay 2010
ApprovedJune 2012
AmendedSeptember 2015
Version No.2

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stages 1 and 2 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module seeks to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between chronic non-communicable diseases and exercise, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. In addition this module seeks to enable students to conside factors associated with physical, social and psychological wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Compile and justify individual exercise prescription plans with appropriate modifications on the basis of age, gender and health status of the client.
2. Critically analyse health and exercise assessment protocols and justify appropriate test protocols for specific client needs.
3. Evaluate the effects of age, gender and health on exercise capabilities.
4. Design an appropriate intervention considering physiological, psychological and sociological factors associated with exercise participation for specific populations.
5. Apply national and regional policies and strategies in the development of interventions within the community.

Indicative Module Content

Understanding of the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention, treatment and management of varying health conditions and associated risk factors (including but not limited to Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Diabetes Type 1 and 2 and Obesity) and the differing exercise needs of those with specific health conditions; physiological, biomechanical, psychological and sociological factors associated with participation; rationale for exercise for inactive populations; exercise on referral schemes, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and other rehabilitative exercise or physical activity interventions; the role of national and regional policies and strategies in the development of interventions within the community.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time
Student-led Seminars

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

lectures and tutorials suported by practical sessions and practical clinics over the course of the year, and to completion of directed studies to develop underpinning knowledge and understanding.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 4,5

Component 2 will be assessed by a presentation

Component 1 will be assessed by coursework

Indicative Bibliography

1.ACSM, 2009. ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. 3rd ed. Leeds, UK: Human Kinetics.
2.BIDDLE, S.J.H., MUTRIE, N. and GORELY, T., 2015. Psychology of Physical Activity. 3rd ed. London, UK: Routledge.
3.HARDMAN, A.E. and STENSEL, D.J., 2009. Physical Activity and Health. 2nd ed. London, UK: Routledge.
4.MARGERESON, C. and TRENOWETH, S., 2009. Developing Holistic Care for Long-term Conditions. London, UK: Human Kinetics.
5.DISHMAN, R.K., HEATH, G.W. and LEE, I., 2012. Physical Activity Epidemiology. USA: Human Kinetics.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities during semester 1 and engaged in practical clinics during semester 2.
This module is delivered across semesters 1 and 2, including a significant level of shared learning with Physiotherapy students in semester 1 allowing for the key inclusion of interprofessional education.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5 of this module are also aligned with the curriculum for the the Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals Exercise Referral Instructor qualification, with the coursework element of the assessment being a compulsory part of this external qualification.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781