PTY-20020 - Health and the Environment
Coordinator: Richard J Barnett Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 34421
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module will be delivered within the School of Allied Health Professions mostly by health professionals with an interest in how the home, work or immediate environment may affect a person's health. Each session will introduce the student to a new topic area but the module will commence by exploring the student's understanding and appreciation of the concept of health. Subsequent areas explored will include the respiratory system and the affect of pollution. Mental health will be explored by looking at social and societal environmental stressors that are implicated in the causation of mental health problems. Also included will be the role of physical activity and exercise for health exploring links to obesity, chronic disease and reduced exercise tolerance. Current thinking regarding the affect of temperature (global warming or the ice age) on physical activity will be explored along with the implications for health regarding the spread of disease due to insect vectors. This module aims to give the student a different perspective to their studies and will encourage the student to explore health related topics via key note lectures, practical sessions and small group workshops.

To provide students with an appreciation of how the environment may impact on human health.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the ability to critically evaluate the effects differing environmental factors can have on human mental and physical health: 1
understand the effect the changing environment may have on human mental and physical health and to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to critically evaluate these changes: 1

Study hours

150 hours total, comprising:
Scheduled Learning/Teaching: 19 hours of lectures, 6 hours of assessment preparation.
Independent Study: 6 hours of group work, plus independent learning.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 100%
Individual assignment
Individual 2000 word assignment based on an aspect of the module content that demonstrates subject specific knowledge and critical evaluation skills.