Module details for Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing


The module introduces the student to the basic concepts and importance of physical activity for health and wellbeing.


To provide students with a broad understanding of the core concepts of physical activity and health.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Identify and explain key factors that underpin health.

2.  Summarise and discuss how physical activity can affect physical and mental wellbeing.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of general principles of strength and conditioning for basic programme design and implementation to enable health and wellbeing in the general population.

Indicative Content

1 Health correlates and determinants

Introduction to factors that underpin health with a focus on the Dahlgren and Whitehead model.

2 Role and importance of physical activity and health

Introduction to evidence of how physical activity can impact both physical and mental health, and the role and importance of physical activity in contemporary society.

3 Principles of strength and conditioning training for programme design

Introduction to the key concepts and fundamental principles of S&C for the general population. These include how to conduct an appropriate needs analysis and how this process informs the construction and implementation of basic programme designs in the context of health and wellbeing.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 15
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 135
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.