Module Title:Health and Exercise Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered via three theory classes of one hour duration per week. The students will also be involved in many of the Institute's Health Awareness Campaigns throughout the year, leading Institute Health Checks and initiating exercise promotion programmes across both semesters. Students may be required to access relevant lecture documents, diagrams via Blackboard in advance of the class to encourage active learning. Self-testing tools will also be available on Blackboard. Course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to help students develop the skills to enable them to critically analyse current theory, research and practice within the fields of health, physical activity and exercise psychology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define health and health promotion and identify their relationship with exercise behaviour.
LO2 Identify key psychological theories and how they relate to health, exercise and physical activity.
LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological determinants and benefits from exercise and physical activity.
LO4 Develop an understanding of key theories of behaviour change, motivation and adherence to exercise.
LO5 Identify the influence of cognitive and social psychological factors that influence behaviour in an exercise environment
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Concepts, Definitions and Policies of Health, Wellness and Health Promotion.
Factors Influencing Health (Social, Psychological, Physical, Environmental and Cultural); Healthy Lifestyles; Effect of Media on Health
Foundations of Psychological Theories, Behavioural Science and Relationships to Health Behaviour
The Effect of Exercise on; Stress; Mood; Anxiety; Depression; Cognitive Function; Sleep; Pain; Self - Esteem.
Approaches to Behaviour Change; Theories, Motivation, Goal-Setting, Exercise and Specific Target Groups (Older Adult, Youth, Disability etc)
Factors Influencing Exercise Behaviour: Adherence/Drop-out; Benefits of Exercise, Well-being, Addictive & Unhealthy Behaviours.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other The continuous assessment strategy may incorporate essays, presentations, reflective logs, case studies and written reports. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Written examination of three hours duration 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 150.00