Active Body, Active Mind

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Active Body, Active Mind

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Outdoor Recreation, Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5
  • Overview

    - It is well established that regular physical activity has enormous health benefits. Conversely, sedentary lifestyle leads to increased morbidity and mortality yet an astounding number of individuals remain sedentary.
    - In this module you will learn to examine the application of psychological strategies, concepts and theories in exercise and physical activity settings.
    - Additionally, you will identify and seek to address the underlying mechanisms for behaviour change (i.e., increased physical activity) so that interventions that can be disseminated and make a real and lasting difference.
    - On completing this module, you will have developed an understanding of interventions and initiatives that increase and maintain physical activity involvement and also you will be able to conduct a needs assessment with respect to your own lifestyle behaviours using a variety of methods.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Understand and identify the characteristics and trends that shape active lifestyle opportunities for themselves and others
    - Identify behaviour change models that explain physical activity levels and changing lifestyle behaviours
    - Review active lifestyle choices and experiences with a view to engaging with a behaviour change model to positively impact their future involvement in active lifestyle choices
    - Engage in a range of group and individual physical activities that provide multiple opportunities to showcase active lifestyles
    - Conduct a needs assessment with respect to their lifestyle behaviours using a variety of methods
    - Engage in appropriate physical activity and self-regulation strategies to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity and in turn enhance their health and well-being
    - Assessment will be based on the lab practical coursework and will comprise the students proposing a healthy lifestyle initiative. This proposal will be a aimed at different populations, be they 1st year undergraduate students, 13 year old teenagers or elderly adults. This assessment comprises 100% of the mark and is due final week.

    Practical Experiences
    - The lab practical will comprise aerobic and anaerobic exercises and will take place outdoors on our beautiful campus. What better way to learn than by being outdoors in nature while studying!