Postgraduate Course: Assessment of physical activity and body composition (EDUA11349)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Available to all students
|Physical activity benefits physical and mental health. It promotes social connectedness, quality of life, and general well-being. However, in 2012 the Lancet declared a global pandemic in terms of a lack of physical activity. Effective measurement of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health is critical to on-going research developments in this area. This course will encourage students to critically evaluate methods for assessing physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the key health outcome of body composition. The course will also consider the evaluation of intervention programmes and will provide theoretical and practical knowledge required to collect and interpret data.
This course will be taught by research-active members of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/education/rke/centres-groups/pahrc). Lecture material will be supplemented with practical activities and seminars. The course will introduce skills necessary for accreditation in anthropometrical methods of assessing body composition.
Within a behavioural epidemiological framework accurate measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour is essential to identify causal associations with health, to be able to quantify the size of the association and to describe dose-response relationships. Accurate measurement also allows researchers to document patterns and changes in activity over time. This course will introduce the measurement of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the measurement of the important health outcome of body composition. The course will introduce the skills necessary for accreditation in anthropometrical methods of assessing body composition. Throughout the course we will draw from recent research and consider application to practice, encouraging students to employ appropriate analytical and interpretative skills to make sound judgements regarding physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health status.
It is likely the course will include sessions on:
Introduction to assessment of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health
Self-report and objective measures of physical activity
Self-report and objective measures of sedentary behaviour
Assessment of body composition, with a particular focus on anthropometry
Introduction to the concepts of validity and reliability in the context of physical activity for health
Students will be encouraged to actively participate in interactive lectures and activities. Students will be set pre-class tasks to guide their reading and engagement with the material. Assignments will facilitate consideration of the lecture material and how it relates to additional research papers and application.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Information for Visiting Students
|No specific pre-requisites are required but please contact course organiser to discuss suitability.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 9,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 1,
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 (60%) - Coursework to include measurement of anthropological techniques and activity levels (physical activity or sedentary behaviour). The submission will be a critical reflection on the measurement methods experienced. Word count 2000.
Task 2 (40%) - 1.5 Hour examination
|Formative feedback will be provided on an unassessed class assignment to assist with preparation for the class exam at the end of the course. Individual and cohort feedback will be provided on the class exam.
In class formative feedback will be provided on the practical assessment of pA, sedentary and anthropometrical methods. Detailed summative individual and cohort feedback will be provided on the practical exam.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate commonly used methods for assessing physical activity, sedentary behaviour and body composition
- Make informed decisions regarding appropriate methodologies for assessing physical activity and sedentary behaviour with respect
- Employ appropriate analytical and interpretation knowledge to make sound judgements regarding physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health status
|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
|During this course students will have the opportunity to practice and develop their ability to:
1) Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront measurement issues in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and body composition
2) Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the measurement of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and body composition
3) Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists
4) Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data
5) Take responsibility for own work
|We would welcome students from outside the MSc Physical Activity for Health programme, but students should first contact the course organiser to determine suitability.
|anthropometry,measurement,physical activity,medicine,sedentary behaviour
|Dr Paul Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 9778
|Ms Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265