PTY-40053 - Behaviour Change For Health and Well-Being
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Applicants would typically have a 1st degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent for international students, be a member of a recognised professional organisation or possess significant relevant workplace experience.
Applicants are normally expected to be Health Care Professionals, Sport and exercise scientists, Exercise professionals, Sports therapists

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Description for 2023/24

This module focuses on the primary theme of of modifying / changing behaviour through application of models and principles of behaviour change to impact on health and well-being.
This module will teach the theories underpinning behaviour change and students will discover how to apply specific models and principles to improve the long term health of service users.
Students will be taught how to recognise the signs of non-adherence and how to select the most appropriate behaviour change model / principles to suit particular population groups (inactive, obese, elderly).
Students will be encouraged to access current research and with the teaching components, will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained to their own practice.
This module will be suitable for a range of health care and exercise professionals whose role involves improving and maintaining the health and well-being of service users.

The module aims to equip healthcare and exercise professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to enable them to effectively apply the principles of behaviour change to their particular practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically evaluate the primary factors involved in changing risky behaviours relating to health and well-being will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Select, deconstruct and differentiate prominent models of behaviour change will be achieved by assessments: 1
Evaluate the application of models and principles of behaviour change in practice so as to assess their impact on health and well-being will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Apply and integrate principles of behaviour change into the healthcare and exercise setting to positively impact on health and well-being of service users will be achieved by assessments: 2

Study hours

18 hours - lectures / workshops / group discussion / role play
132 hours - independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
2500 words essay
Students will formulate a piece of work that evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of behaviour change models within the context of practice. Students will choose a particular behaviour that they are likely to experience during their own practice to enable them to demonstrate theoretical application of the behaviour change models.

2: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Interactive viva
Students will undertake a 20 minute interactive viva based on a written case study supplied to them prior to the start of the viva. Students will be given 20 minutes to read and make notes regarding the case study. These notes will be allowed to be taken into the assessment. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to discuss and justify a proposed application of behaviour change principles within the context of the case study.