Live Well and Prosper


This module's primary aim is to illustrate how lifestyle can effect physical and mental well-being. This module will enable students to reflect on their own lifestyle choices and how to incorporate good health behaviours into their lives.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the knowledge and understanding of how physical activity and other lifestyle factors can influence physical and mental well-being.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how lifestyle choices can affect physical and mental well−being.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of sleep on health and performance.

3.  Understand the link between physical inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes

4.  Be able to conduct basic health and fitness tests and interpret the data collected from these tests.

5.  Demonstrate effective team work and presenting skills

Indicative Content

1 Sleep and stress

The impact of sleep and stress on health and performance. Completion of sleep diaries and questionnaires related to sleep patterns and stress.

2 Physical activity

Current physical activity recommendations, components of physical fitness.

3 Physical inactivity

Understanding why people are inactive. The link between physical inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

4 Physical activity and mental well-being

The effects of physical activity on mental well-being.

5 The effect of carbohydrate consumption and exercise on blood glucose

Measurement and recording of blood glucose in response to the carbohydrate ingestion and exercise.

6 Simple health and fitness testing

Measurement and recording of data. Tests will include blood pressure, strength, endurance and flexibility. Data will be compared with normative values for these tests.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Knowledge and understanding in this module will be developed by the use of interactive lectures and tutorials. Fitness and health will be assessed through practical sessions, which will involve participating in simple physiological tests designed for the general population. The practical sessions will introduce students to the applied nature of the subject area and further develop an understanding of the key concepts linked to health and fitness. It will also give students the opportunity to examine their own health and fitness and reflect on the outcomes. The multiple choice exam is designed to test understanding of the subject information supplied across the module. The group presentation is designed to enable the students to work collaboratively as a team. Within allocated groups students will identify a specific issue from the module and agree the content of the presentation with the module tutor.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 8
Supervised Practical Activity 4
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 44
Independent 134

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.