SMGT30270 Changing PA behaviour

Academic Year 2022/2023

Physical activity is closely linked with health and well-being. However despite these widely acknowledged benefits, many people do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity. There is also considerable evidence as to detrimental effects of excessive sedentary behaviour. Therefore, understanding how to successfully change people’s behaviour is becoming increasing important in dealing with this key public health challenge. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the psychology that underpins behaviour change and how it can be applied to increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour. Throughout the module, students will learn how to implement particular psychological theories and evidence-based frameworks (e.g., the COM-B model, the Theoretical Domains Framework and the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy V.1) to develop and evaluate interventions focused at the individual or group level. Furthermore, students will also gain an appreciation of the importance of utilising appropriate intervention delivery strategies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate theory, techniques and models of behaviour change including when to apply them appropriately.
2. Recognise the role of technology and communication skills in supporting behaviour change.
3. Apply a systematic design processes to create effective change interventions.
4. Demonstrate the critical ability to develop an appropriate behaviour change interventions to address a real-world challenge.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
the module utilises a teaching and learning approach which places students at the centre of the learning experience; promoting a collaborative and interactive learning process. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn during the module through lectures, class discussions and activities, reflective learning and group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PERS20130 - Psychol of Sport & Health, SMGT20250 - Psychol of Sport & Health

Changing PA behaviour (PERS30050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment Week 11 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project Week 12 n/a Graded No


Seminar: Completion of a short online training programme with a MCQ at the end of the programme Week 6 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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students in a number of ways during this module. Studies will received automated feedback in complete the online training. Students will receive verbal feedback on their progress in the group assignment during the tutorials in week 6 and week 10. Feedback regarding the individual assignment and group presentation will be available via feedback sheets / rubrics in December 2021 / January 2022.

Name Role
Mrs Karen Ryan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 13:00 - 14:50