Psychology of Physical Activity Promotion module

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module Overview

The module will comprise a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops focused on current theoretical frameworks and research findings regarding the psychological determinants of physical activity (including lifestyle PA, adherence to exercise programmes and rehabilitation prescriptions) and the psychological impact of physical activity engagement in the general and clinical populations. Issues relevant to the delivery and evaluation of individual, group and community-based physical activity promotion interventions will be addressed.


Within the module, there are several different types of timetabled sessions:

Lectures/Discussion: these are overview and content focused sessions given by academic staff/researchers who have extensive expertise in the topic area. Although lecture material will be presented, these sessions will be delivered in a fairly informal fashion.  Thus, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments during or after the lecture presentation. The students taking this module come from a variety of different backgrounds, so we are expecting that for some of you certain aspects of each session will be revision, but some material and concepts are likely to be new to all of you.

Seminars: these sessions will centre on a particular topic and will be much more discursive and interactive in nature.  There is the expectation that students will actively contribute to the discussion and/or even present material regarding the topic addressed.

Workshops: within the workshop sessions, students will have the opportunity to have ‘hands on’ experience with both objective and self-report assessments of PA.

Module dates

  • 6, 7, 8 November 2017
  • 20, 21, 22 November 2017
  • 27, 29 November 2017

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theoretical models underlying interventions focused on physical activity promotion
  2. Critically appraise physical activity promotion interventions in terms of feasibility, fidelity, and approach to evaluation
  3. Design potentially effective physical activity promotion interventions appropriate for different settings and populations.


20 credits

Module Organiser

Professor Joan Duda