Physiology & Sports Science BSc/MSci

Physical Activity and Public Health 4Y option BIOL4097

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the relationship between physical activity and public health and explore the issues involved in the promotion and measurement of physical activity to all segments of the population. 


Normally, 1 x 2-hour session and a 1-hour follow-up session every Friday, including online pre-reading and support exercises using flipped classroom and blended learning.

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (70%) and in-course assessment consisting of a poster (30%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to: 

■ develop a deep understanding of current knowledge and research of education, promotion, measurement and evaluation of physical activity in public health; 

■ develop competency in exercise counselling; 

■ provide opportunities for group working. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ assimilate and appraise information from physical activity and public health research literature;

■ develop clear, well-constructed and evidence-based oral and written presentations on physical activity research in public health; 

■ discuss and critically appraise the current state of understanding of relevant topics in the research, policy and applied fields of physical activity in public health. 

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.