PHTY20240 Tai Chi for Sport & Health

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is an elective module designed primarily for Physiotherapy and other Healthcare students, who have an interest in Tai Chi and Qigong Exercise, and in Applied Biomechanics. This module is delivered through practical teaching and online materials, and will introduce students to the biomechanical principles of Tai Chi, and to Tai Chi and Qigong movement(s) and exercises, for sport, health, physical coordination, and well-being.
It primarily focuses on how to do a specific short solo Tai Chi Hand-Form (short Wu-Cheng square and round hand-form) and specific set of Qigong exercises (the standing Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade, Baduanjin), but includes other training methods and exercises.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate safe, basic competency in specific solo Tai Chi/Qigong and short Hand-Form exercises. 2. Demonstrate a knowledge of biomechanics related to Tai Chi exercise. 3. Present relevant literature accurately, concisely and coherently. 4. Critically evaluate literature relevant to the evidence base for Tai Chi and Qigong exercises. 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and psychological effects of Tai Chi exercises. 6. Work in a group.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The class activities are typical of a Tai Chi/Qigong class, with the group being given verbal instruction together with demonstration of correct action/posture/exercise.
Unlike a typical class, class activities are not only face-to-face, but learning materials for the module include online/VLE-based content for enhanced asynchronous student learning.
Students are assessed for their class participation, their ongoing practical skillset, and their scientific understanding of their chosen presentation topic. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GPRS20140 - Patient-Centred Practice, HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I, HNUT40130 - Research Design and Statistics, NMHS10040 - Psychology&Interper Skills CP, NMHS10480 - Sci Principles Healthcare 1, PHTY10080 - Applied Physics Principles, PHTY40270 - Research Methods for Health, PHYC10120 - Physics in Medicine, PSY10100 - Research Methods & Stats I, RDGY10060 - Intro to Imaging Tech:Rad, SMGT10260 - CoreSkills for SportManagement, VET10110 - Vet Cardio & Resp Funct, VNUR10280 - Principles of Vet Nursing

Additional Information:
The Co-requisites above or Patient-Centred Practice (GPRS20140) as a Co-requisite

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: This is a participatory activity, with assessment of skill in the demonstration of specified Tai-Chi/Qigong exercises (videoed) around week 9. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: This end-of-trimester oral presentation (with submission of supporting AV material) is based on critical appraisal of scientific and background literature underpinning Tai Chi/Qigong Unspecified n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Similar to the ~week 9 practical with some additional exercises, students are assessed following week 12; often students show improvement in their skillset in this more summative assessment. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and participation in online/practical sessions is essential. Any or all sessions/classes liable for attendance/participation assessment. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual and group feedback is offered verbally throughout the trimester in the classes. The grades of the week 9 practical (14% of module weight) are posted within Brightspace (identified by student numbers) as soon as possible, well in advance of the end-of-trimester practical - students may request individual feedback on this before the final practical (56% weight).

The Harvard medical school guide to tai chi : 12 weeks to a healthy body, strong heart, and sharp mind / Peter M. Wayne, with Mark Fuerst
Wayne, Peter.
Book | Shambhala | 2013 | 1st ed.

Wutan : tai chi chuan / Cheng Tin Hung & D.J. Docherty
Zheng, Tianxiong.
Book | Cheng Kam Yan | 2010

Chinese Medical Qigong. Liu et al | Jessica Kingsley Publishers | 2010
Chapter 3 Modern Scientific Research on Qigong pp126-170

The practice of Wudang tai chi chuan : hand form pushing hands applications / by Ian Cameron
Cameron, Ian.
Book | Golden Horse Classics | 1997

Tai chi chaun : decoding the classics for the modern martial artist / Dan Docherty ; foreword by Alexandra E. Ryan
Docherty, Dan.
Book | Crowood | 2009

The tai chi bible : the definitive guide to decoding the tai chi form / Dan Docherty
Docherty, Dan, author.
Book | Godsfield | 2014

Complete Tai chi chuan / Dan Docherty
Docherty, Dan.
Book | Crowood | 1997

Pa Tuan Chin Chinese Health-Giving Exercise. Xue, H. | Hong Kong, Wan Li Book Company | 1979

Simple Qigong Exercises for Health: Improve Your Health in 10 to 20 Minutes a Day. 3rd Ed. Yang, J-M. | YMAA Publication Center | 2013

Xian Jia Baduanjin Qigong: For Beginners and Advanced Practitioners
Othmar Vigl (Author), Cristina Moro (Assistant) | 2018

Name Role
Dr Alan Peatfield Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Ulrik McCarthy Persson Tutor