Physical Activity Course Assignment

Introduction

This page provides guidelines for completing the assignment for the Physical Activity course in Physiopedia Plus to receive a certificate of distinction and an additional 6 PP+ points.

There are three options for the assignment (each described in more detail below). You should choose to do one of the following:

  1. Patient case study
  2. Community intervention case study
  3. Physiopedia page

This assignment is designed as a way for you to develop your physical activity knowledge and also contribute to your profession. On achieving a pass we acknowledge that your work is of a sufficient standard to be published in Physiopedia (with your permission of course!). This can then be used by the physiotherapy community for teaching and learning purposes. Your published assignments may also be included in future instances of this course.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the profession and demonstrate your physical activity leadership!

Requirements

To pass this assignment we expect a high level of academic work. We expect it to take you around 6 hours and be 1000-2000 words in length.

The assignment should:

  1. Demonstrate evidence of learning from the course by referencing resources that were provided in the course where appropriate.
  2. Be well constructed with good logical development by appropriately addressing the headings in the assignment structure provided.
  3. Show strong evidence of reading and investigation by discovering quality evidence and additional resources that weren’t provided in the course and relate specifically to the context of your assignment.
  4. Show evidence of reasoning by presenting a strong basis for your intervention or subject matter.
  5. Demonstrate highly professional standard of presentation and referencing by writing a concise, evidence based piece of work that draws clinically applicable conclusions (read more about referencing).

Awards

If you have completed all other required course activities and submit an assignment which meets all the requirements set out above you will be awarded with a distinction for the Physical Activity course. You will be given:

  1. a distinction certificate
  2. 6 extra PP+ points

Please note that it will take up to 2 weeks for submissions to be marked and a course distinction certificate to be provided.

Submission

You should submit your assignment online through the appropriate link:

  1. Patient case study
  2. Community intervention case study
  3. Physiopedia page

We recommend you write your case presentation using MS Word or similar and then copy and paste your entries into this submission form. This will allow you to retain a saved copy of your submission in case of problems encountered when submitting.

Choose one of the following for your assignment

Patient case study

A patient case study is an evidence based report of your interaction with a patient. Your finished case study should be 1000-2000 words in length, you will therefore need to write concisely and efficiently. You should use the following template:

  1. Title - the title should be specific to and descriptive of this case.
  2. Abstract - this is where you simply summarise your case study into a story which flows logically. It is a narrative that consists of a short version of the whole paper. There are no headings within the narrative abstract.
  3. Introduction - what is particularly interesting about the case you want to describe.
  4. Case presentation - this is where you describe the case in detail. The complaint that the patient has, information obtained from the history, results of clinical examination and working clinical impression of patient.
  5. Management and outcome - this is where you clearly describe the care plan, as well as the care which was actually provided, and the outcome.
  6. Discussion - In this section you should identify any questions that the case raises and summarise the clinical conclusions.
  7. References - Only use references that you have read and understood, are cited in the text of the case study and support your writing.

More detailed guidelines for writing a case study

See an example case study in Physiopedia

Submit your patient case study

Community intervention case study

The community intervention case study should describe an intervention that you have done or are planning to do to increase physical activity levels in your own local community. Your finished case study should be 1000-2000 words in length, you will therefore need to write concisely and efficiently. You should use the following template:

  1. Title - the title should be specific to and descriptive of this community intervention.
  2. Abstract - this is where you simply summarise your assignment into a story which flows logically. It is a narrative that consists of a short version of the whole assignment. There are no headings within the narrative abstract.
  3. Introduction - identify what is particularly interesting about the community and the intervention that you are describing.
  4. Community intervention description - this is where you describe the community and the intervention in detail.
  5. Implementation and outcome - this is where you describe how you did/you will implement and evaluate this community intervention.
  6. Discussion - in this section you should identify any questions that the community and/or intervention raises and summarise the lessons learned.
  7. References - Only use references that you have read and understood, are cited in the text of the assignment and support your writing.

See example community interventions

Submit your community intervention case study

Physiopedia page

The Physiopedia page that you write should be chosen from the list below or it can be a related subject that you would like to explore. It is most likely that you will write a new page from scratch however there are a few options to review, update and improve existing pages.  You Physiopedia page should be physiotherapy specific and evidence based. It should be structured in relation to the content of the page, divided by subheadings, concisely written, supported by up-to-date published literature and referenced. It should also include media (copyright free images and youtube video) to enhance your writing as well as links to other Physiopedia pages and external resources to lead readers to other sources of knowledge. Your finished Physiopedia page should be 1000-2000 words in length, you will therefore need to write concisely and efficiently.  Choose one of these subjects:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Global issues around physical activity
  • Physical activity in young people
  • Physical in older adults
  • Physical activity in individuals with disability
  • Physical activity in low and middle income countries
  • Physical activity in high income countries
  • Physical activity and non-communicable diseases
  • Physical activity pre and post surgery
  • Physical activity and pregnancy
  • Physical activity in ageing and falls
  • Physical activity in long term musculoskeletal conditions
  • Physical activity in neurological conditions
  • Physical activity and mental health
  • Physical activity and COPD
  • Physical activity and cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity in acute care
  • Physical activity in cancer
  • Physical activity and women (review, update and improve - http://www.physio-pedia.com/Physical_Activity_and_Women)
  • Physical activity and men
  • Physical activity promotion in your clinic
  • Physical activity promotion in the community
  • Social determinants of physical inactivity
  • Whole systems approach to increasing physical activity
  • Barriers to physical activity (review, update and improve this page - http://www.physio-pedia.com/Barriers_to_Physical_Activity)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Behaviour change
  • Evaluating physical activity (review, update and improve this page - http://www.physio-pedia.com/Evaluating_Physical_Activity)
  • Physical activity and technology (review, update and improve this page - http://www.physio-pedia.com/Physical_Activity_and_Technology)
  • The physical therapist’s role in physical activity promotion
  • Physical activity and the multidisciplinary team
  • Brief interventions for physical activity
  • Promoting adherence to physical activity advice
  • Physical activity in[a condition that you choose]
  • [A physical activity outcome measure - see Outcome Measures template http://www.physio-pedia.com/Template:Outcome_Measures]
  • [Another physical activity related page of your choosing]

Good example of Physiopedia pages:

Physical Activity

COPD