PHTY20250 Tai Chi for Sport and Health II: Qigong

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is an elective module for Physiotherapy and other Health and Sports Science students with an interest in Tai Chi and Qigong (also known as Chi kung) exercises, and applied biomechanics. This module will develop students understanding of the biomechanical principles of Tai Chi and Qigong movement(s) and exercises, for sport, health, physical coordination, and well-being. This module focuses on the instruction, practice and performance of the various physical exercises, and knowledge of the research underpinning 3 types of Qigong exercises: abdominal breathing, seated Ba Duan Jin (eight pieces of silk brocade) and the The Eight Healing Sounds of Yin Style Ba Gua.

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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 and Qigong exercises. 2. Demonstrate a knowledge of biomechanics related to Tai Chi/Qigong exercises. 4. Present relevant literature accurately, concisely and coherently. 5. Critically evaluate literature relevant to the evidence base for Tai Chi/Qigong exercises. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and psychological effects of Tai Chi/Qigong exercises.

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, activities and learning materials are not only face-to-face, but there are also online/VLE-based materials to aid student learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I, HNUT40130 - Research Design and Statistics, LANG10210 - Japanese L & C 1, NMHS10040 - Psychology&Interper Skills CP, NMHS10480 - Sci Principles Healthcare 1, PHTY10080 - Applied Physics Principles, PHTY20240 - Tai Chi for Sport & Health, PHTY40270 - Research Methods for Health, PHYC10120 - Physics in Medicine, PSY10100 - Research Methods & Stats I, RDGY10060 - Intro to Imaging Tech:Rad, SMGT10260 - Core Skills for Sport, VET10110 - Vet Cardio & Resp Funct, VNUR10280 - Principles of Vet Nursing

Additional Information:
All are "or" co-requisite modules: PHTY10080, PHYC10120, NMHS10040, PSY10100, SMGT10260, RDGY10060, PHTY40270, HNUT40130, HNUT10020, NMHS10480, VNUR10280, VET10110, LANG10210, PHTY20240.

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 online/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


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


Practical Examination: This is a participatory activity, with assessment of skill in the demonstration of specified Tai-Chi/Qigong exercises (videoed) following week 12. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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).

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

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

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

The Eight Healing Sounds of Yin Style Ba Gua. Xie Peiqi (Author), Andrew Nugent-Head (Translator) | Traditional Studies Press, Colorado |1995

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

Wutan : tai chi chuan . Cheng Tin Hung & D.J. Docherty | Cheng Kam Yan/Createspace Independent Publishing Platform| 2010

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

Tai chi chaun : decoding the classics for the modern martial artist . Dan Docherty | Crowood | 2009

The tai chi bible : the definitive guide to decoding the tai chi form Dan Docherty | Godsfield | 2014

Complete Tai chi chuan. Dan Docherty | Crowood | 1997

Name Role
Dr Alan Peatfield Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 17:00 - 18:50