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 MED5355

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • 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


Students will access lecture materials at their own pace on Moodle 2. There will be online tutorials with course staff every 2 weeks running across 10 weeks in the Semester. The practical component of the course will be delivered during the Residential Week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses









50% Critical Assignment (3000 words)

50% Presentation (10-15 minutes)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the aetiology and pathology of a number of chronic diseases and the role of physical activity in their prevention and management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically discuss the pathophysiology of a number of chronic diseases

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

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

■ Critically discuss and evaluate how specific patient groups have specific clinical challenges in a sporting environment, for example - the female athlete, the paediatric athlete, the disabled athlete

■ Identify gaps in the knowledge of use of exercise in a variety of clinical populations and design future research studies to address these issues. 

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.