Exercise Prescription, Referral & Rehabilitation - SPOR5230

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Steve Meadows checkmark-circle


Exercise prescription for the asymptomatic older adult
Physical activity and cardiovascular diseases
Physical activity and metabolic diseases
Physical activity and neurological impairment
Physical activity and orthopedic diseases
Physical activity and pulmonary diseases
Exercise in clinical rehabilitation settings
Exercise psychology


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Written assignment - 3000 words – 60%
Examination – 2 hours – 40%

Indicative reading

ACSM (2009) ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 8th Ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
ACSM (2010) ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 6th Ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams &Wilkins.
Skinner, J.S. (Ed.) (2005) Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription for Special Cases: Theoretical Basis & Clinical Application 3rd Ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Woolf-May, K. (2006) Exercise Prescription: Physiological Foundations. A Guide for Health, Sport and Exercise Professionals. London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Critically discuss the role of exercise/physical activity for different clinical population groups.
Explain appropriate adaptation/modification of exercise/physical activity for different clinical population groups.
Recommend/prescribe appropriate exercise/physical activity plans for different clinical population groups

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Communication, presentation, numeracy & C & IT skills - via the use of student-lead practicals and presentations on a variety of subject specific material with both individual and group settings used and via analysing data collected when carrying out physiological tests and through the use of appropriate information technology to analyse fitness test results and prescribe appropriate exercise/physical activity recommendations.
Interactive group skills – evidenced through conducting the physiological tests, working with other students on presentations or problem solving tasks, working with clients and School technicians.
Problem solving skills – achieved through the analysis of data collected from physiological tests, case studies and prescription of exercise/physical activity.
Ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice achieved through evaluation of exercise prescription & interpretation of physiological data.
Ability to plan and manage learning - through completing the self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assignments and tasks set during this module.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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