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Practical Studies

Code: PAFS210     Acronym: PAFS210

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Social Science

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Course/CS Responsible: PHD Physical Activity and Health

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDAFS 15 Plano do Programa de Doutoramento PDAFS 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Paula Maia dos Santos

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,80
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,80
Maria Paula Maia dos Santos 1,40
Clarice Maria Lucena Martins 1,40

Teaching language



1. Provide scientific and technical knowledge in relation to the use of valid assessment methods of physical activity assesment, body composition and physical fitness.
2. Encourage the student the ability to integrate such knowledge through critical reading of scientific articles in order to allow for the development of intervention projects.
3. Encourage the student towards active and responsiblelearning.

Learning outcomes and competences

1. Define physical activity, exercise, physical fitness and their components.
2. Exemplify, compare and apply different assessment methods of body composition and physical activity and fitness
3. Work productively as a member of the group, contributing to a collaborative learning environment.
4. Communicate and present effectively the information through written or electronic formats.

Working method



1. Assessment of physical activity
1.1 Fundamental concepts
1.2 Importance of evaluation
1.3 Direct observation
1.4 Questionnaires
1.5 Accelerometers and pedometers

2. Assessment of body composition
2.1 Anthropometric Techniques and BMI
2.2 Bio-impedance techniques
2.3 Dxa (Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry)

3. Physical fitness Assessment
3.1 Laboratory tests
3.2 Field tests

Mandatory literature

Hardman, A.E. & Stensel, D. ; Physical Activity and Health. The Evidence Explained, Routledge, 2009
Welk Gregory J. 340; Physical activity assessements for health-related research. ISBN: 0-7360-3748-9
Thomas Jerry R.; Research methods in physical activity. ISBN: 0-7360-5620-3

Teaching methods and learning activities

Group work


Health sciences
Social sciences
General programmes > Basic programmes
General programmes > Basic programmes
Social Sciences, Commerce and Law > Basic programmes
General programmes > Basic programmes > Basic programmes

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 90,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Trabalho escrito 10,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Lectures attendece 75%

Calculation formula of final grade

written essay 90%
lectures partcipation 10%
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