The programme is a mixture of lectures, practical workshops and tutorials.
This course is designed for those interested in or involved in the measurement of physical activity in the epidemiological setting and aims to promote high quality data collection through understanding of the underlying principles of measurement and data analysis. The programme is designed to cover the whole process of methodological considerations, data collection (in the field and lab settings), operational issues and analysis and interpretation of data. The course has a primary focus on the objective measurement of physical activity and key themes include the following:
- Heart rate monitoring
- Combined sensing (heart rate & movement)
- Individual calibration / fitness assessment
- Self-report measures
- Sedentary Behaviour
- Field work practicalities
In addition, there will be a number of introductory lectures on other methods & concepts relating to the measurement of physical activity in the epidemiological setting.
Delegates will be encouraged to be interactive in demonstrations and workshops. There will be hands-on experience working with monitors, wearing monitors throughout the week, and opportunities for exploring, processing and analysis of this data.
The full series of lectures and workshops will run from Monday morning until Friday afternoon and participants will be expected to attend all sessions. Certificates of attendance will be issued at the close of seminar on Friday afternoon.
Evening activities will be arranged and these will include: a traditional game of Rounders in the grounds and a Farewell dinner.
Delegates are encouraged to explore Cambridge during their free evenings and therefore dinner is only provided on the Thursday night. Information can be provided on restaurants and activities in Cambridge, e.g. punting on the river Cam, however this is up to delegates to arrange should they wish.