Higher National In Fitness, Health & Exercise Graded Unit 2 (Online Support)
This Graded Unit is a project-based case study (see unit descriptor). The project requires you to:
Analyse the task and decide on a course of action for undertaking the project (exercise and nutrition)
Plan and organise work and carry it through to completion (exercise and nutrition intervention)
Reflect on what has been completed and draw conclusions for the future 9future recommendations)
Generate evidence of meeting the aims which this Graded Unit has been designed to
You are required to submit a written report that is a minimum of 3000 words, in addition to a 10 minute oral presentation summarising the key points of the case study. The presentation can make use of digital media and software packages. The project is divided into three stages of planning, development and evaluation.
You are required to plan, develop and evaluate a practical case study which will analyse key fitness and health based issues that currently, or may in the future, impact on a selected client. In undertaking this project, you will be required to negotiate access to a client and secure informed consent to carry out the investigation (PAR-Q and consent form).
Create appropriate aims and research focused objectives that will help a client meet their goals safely and plan the best way to conduct and implement an exercise (including if appropriate nutritional) strategy based on these discussed clients goals. All the documents located below are free to use and share (just click on the image for access).
Information To Help Structure The Practical Case Study
For this project, you must produce evidence of planning for a 12-week practical training and nutritional intervention (via a case study) which includes:
This segment should be a concise synopsis (summary) of the project, specifying suitable interpretation and understanding of the practical invention study. This includes the requirements of the project and the need to obtain negotiated access to a client while ensuring client confidentiality is maintained.
You should indicate what information you need to obtain from the client (how and why the client was selected). Provided evidence concerning negotiated access (between the client and yourself) should be identified. Furthermore, you should include information on the client’s background, this information should be summarised from the meeting/health screening session (documented via health, nutritional and lifestyle evaluation document).
This is a general statement of the overall aims (maximum of two) of the practical intervention (case study). The overall aim is established from the agreed actions discussed between the client and yourself.
You should identify a minimum of three focused objectives. The objectives should be task-focused and allow completion of the overall research aim. The objectives identified should be SMART and allow you to plan for the completion of the whole project (Planning, Development and Evaluation).
There are a variety of research methods that you may use. These are divided into two key categories:
qualitative research (e.g. interpreting client’s goals at interview/ screening session)
quantitative research (using numerical information including recorded anthropometrical and fitness statistics)
Ethical and legal considerations
Identified a minimum of three conceivable ethical and/or legal considerations involved in the project. This should be justified with inclusion as to why these issues may affect the project.
These are divided into two key categories:
research involving the treatment and welfare of humans
legal matters relating to the use of gathered information
Overview of an action plan
This section should provide the reader with an overview of the proposed plan of action to allow the objectives to be achieved. This should include a clear plan of action with effective timescales of each stage and inclusion of daily and weekly scheduling for the full project.
You also need to identify a minimum of five resources and/or information sources required to complete the project. This should be forecast for the whole project with the inclusion of human (e.g. assessor, client, peers), physical (e.g. fitness testing equipment and exercise equipment) and desktop resources (e.g. e-books, e-journals, books).
Identification of any foreseeable barriers that may inhibit the completion of the project. This should also have a contingency plan or measures that could be put into operation to resolve potential problems.
You should identify areas for your personal development (minimum of three) that may be developed because of undertaking this project. (e.g. improving your interpersonal skills or time management skills).
References and bibliography section should be appropriately referenced in a style that reflects the academic level of this case study. While a minimum amount of seven references is specified, the references should be at the amount that would enable learners to plan for the development stage and effective intervention methods.
Example reference (APA style) - Ralston, G. W., Kilgore, L., Wyatt, F. B., & Baker, J. S. (2017). The effect of weekly set volume on strength gain: a meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 47(12), 2585-2601.
Graded Unit 2 - Application of the Project (Development Stage)
Establish a fitness and lifestyle base line for the client from which to measure progress, agreeing dates and targets for exercise sessions, interim testing and client meetings. Develop an exercise and nutritional plan in detail, taking account of the client’s goals and individual circumstances and evaluate the results/success of the programme in relation to the client’s stated goals. The planned intervention should last a minimum of 12 weeks. All the documents located below are free to use and share (just click on the image for access).
Applying the planned exercise training and nutritional intervention relative to the client’s specified goals.
You must provide evidence of undertaking a 12-week practical case study and applying the proposed intervention with the agreed client, addressing all minimum evidence requirements. This accounts for a maximum of 64% of the overall mark. Normally, no word count is specified but you should retain task focus. The development stage should be approximately 2,000 words (excluding references and appendices). However, normal guidance states that the word count is used as a guide only, and you should not be excessively penalised for surpassing this where the work is essential and relevant to the case study. Where the case study exceeds the word count disproportionately with focus or direction lost, then it is unlikely that you would gain additional marks.
The development stage involves the application of the training and nutritional intervention relative to the client’s established aim. You should be planning and implementing the intervention, as essential information about the client, exercise and nutrition would have been gathered within the early phase of the development stage. This 12-week practical case study requires you to establish the client’s current health and lifestyle baseline levels. This, therefore, allows you to examine at multiple points the client’s progress (if any). You should, throughout this development stage record any meetings, targets for exercise sessions, interim testing and goals for modifying client’s nutritional facets.
Conditions of assessment
You should have been given a date for completion for the development stage. During the time between the distribution of the project instructions and the development stage completion date, assessors may answer questions, provide clarification, guidance and reasonable assistance. The development stage should be marked as soon as possible (normally within two-weeks), with you progressing to the evaluation stage only when a pass grading is achieved in the development stage. If the assessor forms the view that the work finally submitted is so weak that it would prevent you progressing to the evaluation stage, then you may receive additional assistance (over and above the norm). In this event, the assessor will record this fact, and you may receive no more than a minimum pass at grade C at this stage.
You must evaluate the success of the practical case study concerning the planning and delivery with recommendations on how to develop any future client interventions, exhibiting the research findings in an oral presentation. This accounts for a maximum of 12% of the overall grade (up to 8% [8 marks] for written evidence and up to 4% [4 marks] for oral presentation).
You should evaluate the process based on the identified criteria in the planning stage. Furthermore, you should through self-reflection, evaluate a minimum of three areas of personal development that were identified in the planning stage, with considerations for your own future development. This stage should be in the region of 500 words (excluding references and appendices). However, the word count is merely intended as a guide only, and you should not be unreasonably penalised for exceeding this where the work is integral to the project. Where projects exceed the word count excessively and lose focus or direction then it is unlikely that you would gain additional marks.
Condition of assessment
You should be given a date for completion for the evaluation stage. During the time between the distribution of the case study instructions and the evaluation stage completion date, assessors may answer questions, provide clarification, guidance and reasonable assistance. The evaluation stage (both written and oral presentation) should be marked as soon as possible, in which to finalise the gradings for the whole of the project. If the assessor forms the view that the work finally submitted for this stage is so weak that it would prevent you achieving minimum evidence, then you may receive additional assistance. In this event, the assessor will record this fact, and you may receive no more than a minimum evidence pass at grade C at this stage.
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