Full Title:Chronic Illness and Lifestyle Interventions 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8140
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce the student to pathophysiological concepts and processes so they can effectively promote the health and wellbeing of individuals with alterations in gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular function.The etiologies, risk factors, treatment and prevention of selected disorders are explored. Students will plan and design physical activity programmes and lifestyle interventions that maximise wellness. This module incorporates elements of the Active IQ Diploma in Exercise Referral at Level 3 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), allowing students access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 3. This Diploma is awarded on successful completion of the Chronic Illness and Lifestyle Intervention 2 module.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss key pathophysiological concepts and processes such as homeostasis and adaptive responses.
  2. Explain how altered cardiac, respiratory and gastrointestinal function relate to specific diseases and disorders.
  3. Discuss the risk factors,signs and symptoms, treatment and health promotion initiatives in relation to diseases of gastrointestinal, cardiac and respiratory system.
  4. Plan a lifestyle intervention to include physical activity and nutritional guidance in relation to cardiac, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Pathophysiologic Concepts and Processes
Introduction to pathophysiology, homeostasis and adaptive responses, cell injury, ageing, and death, tissue differentiation, neoplasia, infectious processes, inflammation and immunity.
Altered Health States
Alterations in cardiac function, sequelae of cardiac diseases, disorders of blood flow and blood pressure, disorders of cardiac function, heart failure and dysrhythmias: Respiratory function and alterations in gas exchange, obstructive pulmonary disorders, restrictive pulmonary disorders, infectious respiratory disorders: Disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small and large intestine), obesity and anorexia. Individual, national and international health promotion initiatives related to specific diseases and disorders.
Applying the principles of nutrition and physical activity
Nationally recommended practice in relation to providing nutritional advice. The relationship between nutrition and physical activity. How to interpret an individuals nutritional information and apply principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.
Planning exercise programmes with clients with cardiac, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases
The importance of long-term behaviour change. Information gathering. Goal setting. Planning and adapting an exercise programme.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Case Study: this will be based on an individual's health history and the student is expected to discuss the pathophysiology of a specified disease and the impact on the individual. They will provide guidance and specific instruction for lifestyle intervention, including physical activity and nutritional advice. Elements of the Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral will be assessed here (applying principles of nutrition to a physical activity intervention). 1,2,3,4 70.00 0 0 n/a 0
Portfolio Information on specific diseases studied. (e.g impact of disease on individual, the symptoms and appropriate interventions to minimise these, management strategies, pharmacological and non pharmacological options. Lifestyle interventions (nutritional & physical activity ) to optimise health and wellness. 1,2,3,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Reassessment of this module will include a portfolio (30%) and a case study (70%).

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 Weekly lectures. There is an 80% attendance requirement for the lecture component of this module. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Weekly practicals. There is an 80% attendance requirement for the practical component of this module 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 44.00 Once per semester 2.93
Independent Study No Description 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.93
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Active IQ 2012, Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, Active IQ UK
  • American College of Sports Medicine 2010, ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 8th Ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins [ISBN: 10:0-7817-6902-7]
  • Lawrence, D and Barnett L 2006, GP Referral Schemes, A&C Black London [ISBN: 0-7136-7707-4]
  • Gould,B.E and Dyer R 2013, Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 5th Ed., Saunders , Elesiver St Louis, Missouri [ISBN: 978-1437709650]
  • Dugdill, L., Crone, D. and Murphy, R. (eds) 2009, Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence-Based Approaches to Practice, Wiley- Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 978-1405169257]
  • Larsen, P.D. and Lubin, I,M. 2013, Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention, 8th Ed., Jones & Bartlett Publihers Sudbury, MA. [ISBN: 9781449649050]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Huether, S.E. and McCance, K.L 2013, Undrstanding Pathophysiology, 5th Ed., Saunders, Elseiver St Louis ,Missouri [ISBN: 0323084893]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: Department of Health and Children
  • Website: HSE.ie Health Service Executive
  • Website: National Institute for Health and Clinial Excellence (NICE)
  • Website: Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 3 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 3 Mandatory