Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Exercise in Clinical Populations MED5340

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will learn about the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases and the role of physical activity in their prevention and management.


The course will be delivered over 2-3 days of the week during teaching from semester 1

Requirements of Entry



Poster 50% The submission of a poster (no defence) will be based on a chosen chronic disease with students asked to discuss pathophysiology (ILO 1) prevention and/or treatment (opposite of what they conduct presentation on) (ILO 2 or 3)

50% Clinical Presentation: 10-15 minute presentation and defence on a given topic looking at the role of physical activity in either the prevention or treatment of a given disease. (ILO 2 or 3)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with:

■ A critical understanding of the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases

■ Knowledge of the role of physical activity plays in their prevention of these diseases

■ Knowledge of the role physical activity plays in the treatment of these disease

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to :

1. Critically discuss the pathophysiology of a number of chronic diseases

2. Critically evaluate the role of exercise as a prevention tool in a number of chronic diseases

3. Critically discuss and evaluate the role of exercise as a treatment for a number of clinical conditions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.