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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 14/03/2022 13:39:58

Title of Module: Obesity, Weight Management and Lifestyle

Code: NURS09214 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Jane  Munro

Summary of Module


Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. The issue has grown to epidemic proportions, with over 4 million people dying each year in 2017 as a result. Rates of overweight and obesity continue to grow in adults and children (WHO 2021). To address this there is a need for a comprehensive and multisector health and social care approach to obesity prevention including addressing the commercial, environmental and social policy drivers and its management.  Through real patient case studies, behavioural and physical approaches to weight management will be explored alongside an in-depth analysis of the pharmacological and surgical interventions including patient acceptability and the impact on quality of life.


As this module explores current clinical practice in managing obesity and the associated management of its often complex chronic co-morbidities, this module is only suitable for qualified healthcare professionals working in acute and primary care, health improvement and health promotion personnel who have a relevant therapeutic role.  Both written assessments assume students will be able to reflect in-depth on managing a patient with obesity.  Therefore interested students who are unsure of its suitability to their practice should contact the module coordinator before applying.


The skills acquisition contributes to the development of the UWS Graduate AttributesUniversal - critical thinking, analytical, inquiring, culturally aware, emotionally intelligent, ethically-minded, collaborative, research-minded and socially responsible; Work-Ready - knowledgeable, digitally literate, problem solver, effective communicator, influential;  and Successful - autonomous, creative and transformational.



  • Through the application of case studies, this module will explore the complex factors contributing to obesity and how it impacts the lives of people, their carers and wider family network. As such qualified health and social care practitioners will develop knowledge and skills to better understand and manage this condition.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:






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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
Term 1


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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Explore the factors that contribute to obesity and its consequences on patient care and quality of life

L2. Critically review various weight management strategies

L3. Critically discuss the effectiveness of common pharmacological and surgical weight management (bariatric) on patient assessment, care planning and evaluation

L4. Critically review local and national health service initiatives to facilitate weight management

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Exploring the factors contributing to obesity;

Knowing how obesity affects care delivery and planning for this;

Evaluating the effect of obesity and its co-morbidities on care planning and quality of life.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Working collaboratively with patients/clients, carers and families to understand causes of obesity;

Assisting patients/clients to understand weight management strategies and support them with this;

Knowing how to manage obesity related co-morbidities and obesity treatment as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Using problem-solving skills in the assessment and formulation of care planning;

Evaluating the research evidence for obesity causes, management and prevention.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Appropriately interpreting the results of Body Mass index (BMI) results and Quality of Life indicators;

Communicating verbally and in writing, at an appropriate level, with the patient/client, professionals at junior and senior levels in own team and within other agencies.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Independently implementing and evaluating weight loss management interventions;

Working with professionals at varying levels, the patient/client, their families and other agencies as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is delivered fully online learning utilising a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students are expected to be confident with IT skills and be prepared to contribute to discussion forums and work collaboratively on-line.

Students who are learning fully online and are supported by the VLE will receive: Core quality assured module resources and individual and group tutorial support and directed learning via the VLE system. This will be aided by asynchronous online classroom sessions, asynchronous discussion boards; directed wider reading including access to electronic library and e-books.

Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Asynchronous Class Activity6
Independent Study158
Personal Development Plan6
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

There is no core text for this module all are considered recommended reading. In addition to these texts students will be directed to a wide range of international, national and local information to support the module content and learning outcomes.

Cameron IM, Crawford JR, Lawton K, Reid IC. Psychometric comparison of PHQ-9 and HADS for measuring depression severity in primary care. Br J Gen Pract 2008 Jan;58(546):32-6.

Durrer Schutz D, Busetto L, Dicker D, Farpour-Lambert N, Pryke R, Toplak H, Widmer D, Yumuk V, Schutz Y: European Practical and Patient-Centred Guidelines for Adult Obesity Management in Primary Care. Obes Facts 2019;12:40-66. doi: 10.1159/000496183

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (March 2015) Obesity prevention.
Clinical guideline [CG43].

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nov 2014) Obesity: identification, assessment and management. Clinical guideline [CG189]

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (May 2014) Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese adults.
Public health guideline [PH53] Published date: May 2014

Standards for the delivery of tier 2 and tier 3 weight management services for adults in Scotland.

* A healthier future: Scotland's diet and healthy weight delivery plan (2018)

A healthier future: Scotland's diet and healthy weight delivery plan (2018)

Students will be directed to relevant educational materials throughout the module.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (lectures, workshops, and tutorials), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelHealth L7-11
ModeratorElaine Stevens
External ExaminerK Myrissa
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Formative Assessment
This module is formatively assessed by group discussion on the content of the individual and group learning activities that are embedded within each of the learning units. This may be achieved in on-line discussion forums remotely managed via the module VLE.

Summative Assessment - Category 1
Students will take part in online forum discussions. This category will account for 40% of the module mark.
Summative Assessment - Category 2
Written assignment of 3000 words which accounts for 60% of the module mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck markcheck mark  404

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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