PAH3005 - Evaluation of Physical Activity


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written examination 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

Assessing physical activity is of paramount importance to investigate physical activity related health risks and to evaluate interventions for disease prevention and health promotion in the general population and specific age- and target groups. Moreover, with proper feedback, it can be a useful tool to improve physical activity and movement in individuals and groups. Examples of questions involving evaluation of physical activity are: Was I active enough today to keep my good health? Does the prescribed intervention improve physical activity during daily life? Is the workload too high or monotone to keep specific working populations, patients and athletes in good health?

The course provides knowledge about how assessment of physical activity can be used in disease prevention, health promotion, (re)habilitation and sports. The course provides skills on data collection, signal analysis and interpretation of results of physical activity in daily life.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge about different methods for evaluating physical activity
  • has advanced knowledge about how evaluation of physical activity can be used in disease prevention, health promotion and performance enhancement in daily life activities
  • has advanced knowledge about how evaluation of physical activity can be used to facilitate behavioral change in individuals and groups


The candidate

  • can describe and discuss different methods for physical activity assessment used in mobile health solutions
  • can interpret and report different outcomes of physical activity assessment
  • can apply different methods in physical activity assessment for early diagnosis, risk assessment, and evaluation of interventions

General competence

The candidate

  • can present a project plan and project results in oral and written form
  • can reflect on ethical issues related to the use of activity data according to EU's general data protection regulation

Learning methods and activities

The course includes practical exercises in the use of questionnaires, sensor systems, smartphone applications, and activity recognition methods.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved group report and group presentation

Further on evaluation

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Students must complete the compulsory activity in the course prior to sitting the examination. Compulsory activity consists of group report and group presentation.

Regular final examination is given in the spring semester only. Students with legitimate leave of absence at the final examination, students who submitted blank/withdraw during the exam, and students who receive the grade F may take a re-sit examination in the autumn semester. If few candidates, the re-sit examination may be conducted as an oral examination.

The compulsory activity is approved for 4 semesters. With approved compulsory activity, the students re-sit the examination only.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the MSc in Physical Activity and Health. The course is compulsory for students admitted to the specialization in Movement Science. It is optional for other students admitted to the master's programme. Exchange students may be accepted after an individual evaluation.

Course materials

Course literature will be presented at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Sport Science
  • Human Movement Science
  • Sport Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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