Postgraduate Course: Assessment of physical activity and body composition (SPRT11003)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will encourage students to critically evaluate methods for assessing physical activity and the key health outcome of body composition. The course will provide students with the skills to make informed decisions regarding methods for assessing physical activity and body composition and evaluating intervention programmes and will provide theoretical and practical knowledge required to collect and interpret data. Lecture material will be supplemented with practical activities and seminars and the course will introduce skills necessary for accreditation in anthropometrical methods of assessing body composition.
Introduction to assessment of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health,
Calculation and interpretation of validity and reliability and agreement between different measures
Self-report measures of physical activity, energy expenditure and sedentary behaviour.
Objective measures of physical activity, energy expenditure and sedentary behaviour,
Assessment of body composition, with a particular focus on anthropometry.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Equivalent to 2000 words. Total mark for the course will be a weighted average of the two assessments.
Task 1 (30%) Practical assessment of anthropometrical techniques
Task 2 (70%) 1.5 Hour examination
|No Exam Information
| On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1. the ability to critically evaluate commonly used methods for assessing physical activity and health
2. the ability to make informed decisions regarding appropriate methodologies for assessing physical activity and health with respect to programme needs
3. the ability to employ appropriate analytical and interpretative knowledge to make sound judgements regarding physical activity and health status
4. the ability to reflect on how knowledge acquired relates to own personal and work experiences
|Core texts for this course are:|
Welk, G. (Ed). (2002). Physical activity assessments for health related research. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Morrow, J., Jackson, A., Disch, J., & Mood, D. (2005). Measurement and evaluation in human performance (3rd Edition), Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Norton, K and Olds, T (Eds). (1996) Anthropometrica: a textbook of body measurement for sports and health courses. Sydney: UNSW Press
Kaminsky, L. (2009). ACSM's health-related physical fitness manual. 3rd edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical analysis, Oral and written communication skills, Access research materials
|Keywords||Anthropometry; measurement; physical activity
|Course organiser||Dr Samantha Fawkner
Tel: (0131 6)50 9778
|Course secretary||Ms Brydie Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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