Full Title:Special Populations and Lifestyle Interventions
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8144
 
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with the ability to understand conditions that they may encounter when working with individuals from various special populations, specifically, children, older adults and individuals with sensory impairments and intellectual and physical disabilities. Students will also gain the skills necessary to plan, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes and lifestyle interventions to enhance the lifestyle of such individuals.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Examine the benefits of physical activity for children, older adults and individuals with sensory impairments and intellectual and physical disabilities.
  2. Discuss the physical, emotional and social development of children and prescribe age-appropriate health and physical activity programmes.
  3. Review the changes that occur with the aging process and develop appropriate exercise programmes and lifestyle interventions for older adults.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of conditions associated with sensory impairments, apply methods of adapting physical activity for such conditions and evaluate strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of intellectual disabilities, apply methods of adapting physical activity for such conditions and evaluate strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of physical disabilities, apply methods of adapting physical activity for such conditions and evaluate strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Lifestyle interventions for children
Overview of the social, emotional and physiological changes from childhood to adulthood. Physical Activity Prescription: Benefits of physical activity for children – social, emotional and physiological. Physical activity participation guidelines for children. Assessment of physical fitness. Exercise programme design. Special considerations. Buntus Start Programme. Strategies aimed at improving and maximising health throughout childhood and adolescence.
Lifestyle interventions for the older adult
Aging process: physiological changes of the older adult. Physical Activity Prescription: Benefits of physical activity for older adults. Assessment of physical fitness. Exercise programme design. Methods of adapting physical activities for older adults. Special considerations. Strategies aimed at improving and maximising health during the aging process.
Lifestyle interventions for individuals with sensory impairments
Sensory impairment (eyes): Blindness (classification and causes); Cataracts; Glaucoma. Sensory impairment (ears): Deafness; Vertigo. Physical Activity Prescription: Benefits of, and methods of adapting, physical activity for individuals with sensory impairments; Assessment of physical fitness; Specific exercise recommendations and exercise programme design; Special considerations; Sporting Organisations: Special Olympics; Deaf Sports Ireland; Irish Blind Sports. Strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
Lifestyle interventions for individuals with intellectual disabilities
Intellectual disabilities: Autism; Down’s syndrome. Physical Activity Prescription: Benefits of, and methods of adapting, physical activity for individuals with intellectual disabilities; Assessment of physical fitness; Specific exercise recommendations and exercise programme design; Special considerations; Sporting Organisations: Special Olympics. Strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
Lifestyle interventions for individuals with physical disabilities
Physical disabilities: Spinal cord injury (levels of paralysis & corresponding loss of function); Spina bifida; Cerebral Palsy. Physical Activity Prescription: Benefits of, and methods of adapting, physical activity for individuals with physical disabilities; Assessment of physical fitness; Specific exercise recommendations and exercise programme design; Special considerations; Spinal cord injuries and sport; Sporting Organisations: Paralympics; Cerebral Palsy – International Sport and Recreation Association. Strategies aimed at improving and maximising health.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project This project will comprise of a case study which will require students to consider the physical, physiological and psychological characteristics of the special population(s) in question and the lifestyle interventions appropriate to same. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
It is possible that there may be a requirement to be reassessed in either or both of the coursework element and end-of-semester examination.

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

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom-based learning to include; lectures, discussions, workshops, evidence-based learning and guest lectures. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical Practical-based learning to include design and evaluation of physical activity programmes and lifestyle interventions. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 86.00 Once per semester 5.73
Independent Study No Description 99.00 Once per semester 6.60
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Durstine, J.L., Moore, G., Painter, P. and Roberts, S.(eds) 2009, ACSM’S Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, 3rd Ed., Human Kinetics Stanningly, Leeds [ISBN: 9780736074339]
  • McCance, K.L., Heuther, S.E., Brashers, V.L. and Rote, N.S. (eds) 2009, Pathophysiology: The biologic basis for disease in adults and children, 6th Ed., Mosby Maryland Heights, Missouri [ISBN: 978-0323065849]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Winnick, J.P. (ed) 2010, Adapted Physical Education and Sport, 5th Ed., Human Kinetics Stanningly, Leeds [ISBN: 9780736089180]
  • Drew, C.J and Hardman, M.L. 2006, Intellectual disabilities across the lifespan, 9th Ed., Pearson Harlow [ISBN: 9780131707344]
  • Touhy, T.A and Jett, K. 2011, Ebersole and Hess’ Toward healthy aging:Human needs and nursing response, 8th Ed., Elsevier, Mosby St.Louis, Missouri [ISBN: 978-0-323-07316-5]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 5 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 5 Mandatory