Module details for Physical Activity for Special Populations


This module will examine the role of physical activity for special populations. It will examine how participation in physical activity has the potential to enhance physical, social and mental health and well−being. The challenges of getting different population groups to engage in physical activity will also be examined.


The aim of this module is designed to enhance a critical understanding of the role physical activity plays in promoting and maintaining health and well−being for special populations.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Undertake discussion and critical reflection to evaluate current research.

2.  Reach informed conclusions about contemporary issues in physical activity for special populations.

3.  Critically examine the way in which contemporary policies and practices of physical activity influences population participation in physical activity.

Indicative Content

1 Guidelines

Population physical activity guidelines.

2 Benefits

Physical, social and mental health benefits associated with physical activity

3 Needs and Challenges

Identification of Physical activity needs and challenges associated with engaging different groups in physical activity.

4 Participation

Examine participation trends associated with different populations

5 Exploration of attitudes, beliefs and values

Exploration of attitudes, beliefs and values of different populations regarding physical activity.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 45
Independent 125
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.