Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • 112 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • C601 Course Code

Overview

On this course you will be given the opportunity to explore theoretical and practical factors that influence sports performance, health and wellbeing. You will learn about how scientific principles can help improve the performance of athletes or assist individuals in improving their health. You will explore and experience how the latest technological innovations are influencing the pursuit of sporting performance and how they inform interventions for those suffering from widespread disease and illness.This course will give you the opportunity to become a well-equipped professional and will help develop the knowledge and skills for work or further study. The course provides an excellent basis to explore employment opportunities in numerous areas such as sports & exercise science support, education and further research.

The course is taught in dedicated facilities on one campus. The Human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength & conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices can be found within a 100 yard radius of each other.

The Human Performance Lab where you will spend most of your time on this ocurse is fully equipped with the latest equipment for use inside the laboratory and in the field. We have 3D analysis system, integrated force plates, gas & bloods analysis, Heart Rate and GPS monitoring systems as used by elite clubs. The HPL is a room which allows integrated analysis of sports performance from both a physiological and biomechanical perspective and specifically design to help interdisciplinary learning.

Why study this course?

  • Small class sizes create a vibrant learning environment
  • Integrated human performance laboratory allows interdisciplinary learning
  • All facilities (laboratory, sports hall, 3G pitch) on one campus in close proximity
  • Experienced staff who support elite athletes and conduct research
  • Field trips and opportunities for international trips

The BSc Sports & Exercise Science degree programme has a large amount of practical and laboratory based work. You are encouraged to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations.

The Work Placement double-module provides a ‘real’ opportunity to experience a work placement within the sector of your choice.

A double-module project in the final year provides you with the opportunity to gain greater specialist knowledge by carrying out a significant piece of research in an area of personal academic interest, practical significance and/or vocational relevance.

The teaching methods and course content are informed by relevant professional bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the Association of Physical Education (AfPE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the European College of Sports Science (ECSS).

Modules are academically challenging and vocationally relevant, ensuring that our graduates are in the best position to pursue careers in their chosen profession.

At Newman you are taught by active researchers who apply their expertise in the world of sport. The lecturers on this course regularly present at conferences and provide sports science support to elite level athletes.

Students receive a broad foundation of modules in their first year. This structure is unique in that it allows students the flexibility to change course and progress straight into the second year of another sports programme if they wish to.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study you will start to develop a theoretical understanding of the sub-disciplines of sport and exercise science (physiology, biomechanics and psychology) and explore the key practical skills in these areas. You will also examine some wider issues related to sport and health and also learn and refine the research and key skills you will require to succeed on your course.

In the second year you will enhance your knowledge and skills of the sub-disciplines that will then lead into interdisciplinary study of distinct topics such as exercise nutrition, performance analysis and strength and conditioning. There will also be a continued focus on data collection, processing and analysis. You will also get an opportunity to experience industry through your work placement module.

In the final year of the course you will have the option to pick the sub-disciplines you want to specialise in and areas you want to learn more about that are contemporary and current. You will have options that cover both sports performance and health depending on what you have developed an interest in over the previous two years.  This will also be the year when you embark on your dissertation which is an independent piece of research. Typically on this course this involves collecting data on human participants in a variety of settings and producing new knowledge. You will get the opportunity to present this at a conference at Newman.

By the end of your course it is our aim to have produced an individual with a range of knowledge, skills and experiences that creates work ready students for the 21st century.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework and practical tests. The coursework may include a working portfolio, laboratory manuals, reports and essays.

What careers could I consider?

As a Newman Sports & Exercise Science graduate, you will be well-equipped for a wide range of careers in sports science, coaching, education and related areas, including positions supporting elite athletes and teams. You could also be making a difference to real everyday lives by providing interventions for the sedentary, obese, elderly and ill. You will be well-prepared to continue your studies at postgraduate level to obtain higher degrees and acquire further specialist skills.

CIMSPA

Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 112 UCAS points, including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0

A Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Level or BTEC level 3) in a sport, PE or science related subject

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include GCSE English, Mathematics and Science, or recognised equivalents are also required.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

The programme team advises students to purchase a Newman sports polo shirt.  This is so students can wear the shirt when representing the university externally (e.g., on placements).  The cost is £16.99 (based on 2017/18) and payment of this optional item is due in the first year of study or second year of study (placement).

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. INTRODUCTION TO SPORT & EXERCISE
    (Compulsory) spu401
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is focused on introducing and developing skills required to study and investigate sport, exercise and coaching in a Higher Education environment. It allows students an opportunity to identify and improve important skills for studying sport and exercise related subjects, including literature searching, communication and study skills.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 18.00 Independent   : 82.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to concepts of independent learning and analytical thinking

    • Develop students’ academic skills to support their learning and progression in higher education

    • Develop students’ abilities to evaluate their own strengths and target areas for development

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Demonstrate their ability to identify strengths and areas for improvement in their academic skills

    • Demonstrate improvements in their academic skills

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Presentation (5 minutes)

  2. INTRODUCTIONS TO SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
    (Compulsory) spu407
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students an opportunity to be introduced to contemporary and fundamental concepts within sport and exercise psychology. Students will consider the underpinnings of human psychology and how this influences participation and engagement in various physical activity contexts.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 18.00 Independent   : 82.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop students’ knowledge of some fundamental psychological concepts related to sport and exercise.

    • Enhance students’ ability to read and understand psychological research.

    • Promote students’ ability to critically appraise research.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Consider how and understanding of an area of sport and exercise psychology.

    • Critically assess and conceptualise individual behaviour within a sport and exercise context.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% ePortfolio (1500 words)

  3. INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF (UK) SPORT
    (Compulsory) spu403
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce students to a variety of sport organisations in the UK and how they operate in and across private, public and voluntary sectors to deliver different levels and kinds of sports provision. While gaining an understanding of how sport is developed, structured, governed and funded, students will also be introduced to the current sport policy context and to the dominant ideas underpinning current UK sports policy, namely ‘sport for all’. To this end, the module will also have a social justice focus and will examine how socio-cultural factors exclude certain groups from participating and/ or progressing in sport.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide students with a basic knowledge of how sport is structured, governed and funded within the UK.

    • Familiarise students with the broad political and geopolitical policy landscape in which sport operates.

    • Enable students to identify the social, cultural and economic factors that affect different social groups’ participation in sport.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Map the current sporting landscape by developing a basic knowledge of important stakeholders and bodies in sport, as well as their remits, across the UK.

    • Identify the broad range of careers that exist in sport and the competencies needed to achieve employment in the sports industry.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural and economic factors that influence participation in sport.

    • Demonstrate an awareness of the socio-cultural factors that present as ‘barriers to entry’ to sport. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Multiple Choice Test (45 minutes)

    Component 2 - 60% Essay (1500 words)

  4. HUMAN MOVEMENT 1
    (Compulsory) spu404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to develop knowledge of anatomy and function of the musculo-skeletal system during movement. Students will also be introduced to biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement, considering the role of analysis in sport and in movement. It will serve to widen the students' knowledge base and will provide a firm basis for working at a higher level in the discipline of sport and exercise biomechanics.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop knowledge of the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system during movement;

    • Explain how human anatomy influences sports performance

    • Apply theory to the practical analysis of human movement.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Name the main anatomical features, and understand the function, of the major muscles, bones and joints of the human body;

    • Describe the skeletal and muscular considerations for movement.

    • Describe selected mechanical principles in biomechanics pertinent to sport and exercise performance.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Viva Voce (10 minutes)

    Component 2 - 60% Scientific Report (1500 words)

  5. INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING
    (Compulsory) plu404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  

    Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Support students in developing informed choices about the career pathways available to them, in relation to their subject choices.
    • Prepare students for work-based learning and the application / exploration of subject knowledge in the workplace.

    • Encourage students to make connections between their learning, placement choice, future job aspirations and contribution to society.

    • Enable students to build confidence in securing work placements and future employment.

    • Support students in reflecting upon their preparation for their work placement and future employment.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to:

    1. Examine how their experiences, accomplishments, and abilities relate to employer expectations.

    2. Demonstrate engagement with, and an understanding of, graduate employment pathways and employability issues relating to their own career aspirations.

    3. Research organisations for the purposes of securing a work placement.

    4. Reflect upon their learning and development.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Reflective Essay and Appendix, 2000 words

  6. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) spu409
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides students with an introduction to the foundations of research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts. Students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinning of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. They will also explore different data collection techniques and methods of evaluating qualitative and quantitative evidence.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop students’ knowledge of the philosophical underpinnings of research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.

    • Develop students’ understanding of deductive and inductive reasoning, and how these relate to research design.

    • Develop students’ understanding of the nature of evidence, probability and the use of modelling in research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the ontological and epistemological foundations of research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of research design.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of probability and its use in evaluating evidence. 
    • Interpret the results of qualitative and qualitative research.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Online Test (60 minutes)

  7. PEDAGOGY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND COACHING
    (Compulsory) spu405
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce key pedagogical theories and concepts related to Physical Education and sports coaching. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the role of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to apply theoretical constructs to practical situations.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to pedagogical theories relevant to Physical Education and sport coaching

    • Develop students’ understanding of the roles of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches

    • Promote students’ abilities to apply pedagogical theory to practical Physical Education and sport settings

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Describe some pedagogical theories in relation to Physical Education and sport

    • Explain the roles of Physical Education teachers and sport coaches

    • Reflect on the importance of pedagogical theory in practical Physical Education and sport settings

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Portfolio (2500 word equivalent)

    Component 2 - 40% Presentation (Small Groups, 10 minutes)

  8. HUMAN MOVEMENT 2
    (Compulsory) spu406
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on the knowledge gained in Human Movement 1. Students will learn about the different physiological systems in the human body that work to produce and regulate human movement. Students will also develop vital laboratory skills to enable safe and effective administration and measurement of exercise and contributory factors. Finally the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of human health will also be considered. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop students knowledge of human physiology and its role in human movement

    • Develop practical laboratory skills in the assessment of human movement and risk stratification

    • Develop knowledge of public health in relation to physical activity

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Explore the systems of the human body theoretically and practically

    • Learn how to conduct risk stratifications for persons wanting to partake in exercise.

    • Develop laboratory skills essential for risk stratification of human participants and assessments human system function

    • Describe and analyse the role of and recommendations for physical activity in relation to health and well being

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Laboratory Manual (2100 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Portfolio (1400 words)

  1. QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) spu501
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides students with theoretical underpinning and practical experience within quantitative research methods. It offers the opportunity for students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct independent research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics at level 6.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop an understanding of a range of quantitative statistical methods used to make judgements about data under analysis in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.
    • Develop an understanding of how to conduct quantitative statistics used in in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.
    • Develop an understanding of interpreting and drawing conclusions from the results of statistical analyses in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.
    • Develop an understanding of how to report statistical results.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Conduct a range of statistical tests to determine differences, relationships and make predictions from a frequentist and Bayesian perspective.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic effect size measures
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of 95% confidence and credible intervals
    • Interpret, draw conclusions and report the results of statistical analyses.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Online Test of Statistical Analysis (1 hr)

  2. WORK PLACEMENT
    (Compulsory) plu502
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 10.00 Independent   : 90.00 Placement   : 100.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement in a workplace setting.

    • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement and of their independent learning throughout the experience.

    • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.

    • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.

    • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to: 

    1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.

    2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.

    3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.

    4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - PLACEMENT REGISTRATION FORM

    Component 2 - 60% WORK PLACEMENT REFLECTION (2500 WORDS)

    Component 3 - 40% WORK PLACEMENT EVALUATION: DIGITAL RESOURCE (1500 WORDS EQUIVALENT)

  3. BIOMECHANICS AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS IN SPORT AND EXERCISE
    (Compulsory) spu504
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to extend the students' knowledge and practical skills in the application of biomechanics to specific sport and exercise activities. The emphasis will be on the application of biomechanics in the assessment, evaluation and improvement of technique in a range of sports. Practical experiences will include the role of biomechanical kinetic and kinematic assessment in the analysis of sport and the application of hand and computerised notation systems to individual and team sports.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the biomechanical factors that contribute to successful movement in sports and exercise

    • Develop students’ understanding of human movement analysis including the range of equipment and testing protocols commonly used in such analysis.

    • Introduce different analysis methodologies and research, which has enhanced biomechanics knowledge of sports performance and develop the students’ understanding of the application of these techniques in performance sport.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Evaluate key biomechanical concepts in human performance.

    • Examine concepts and testing methods used in kinetics, kinematics and electromyography that influence skilled sports performance.

    • Identify different methods of performance analysis and assess their strengths and weaknesses.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Laboratory Report (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Online In-class Test, 1 hour

  4. PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE & NUTRITION
    (Compulsory) spu506
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students the opportunity to learn about the determinant of exercise performance and bodily responses to exercise and the implications for health and performance. Students will also learn how exercise metabolism allows for and limits exercise of different durations and intensities. This will lead into the exploration of how nutrition influences exercise metabolism and the implications for exercise performance. Students will also gain practical laboratory experience related to exercise performance, metabolism and nutrition.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop and consolidate an understanding of exercise metabolism and the physiological systems involved in muscle contraction.

    • Develop a critical appreciation of the metabolism underpinning different modes, intensities and durations of exercise and the implications for performance.

    • Develop an understanding of the determinants of successful performance

    • Develop an appreciation of the influences nutrition on metabolism and performance

    • Develop key practical skills in the assessment of exercise performance, metabolism and nutrition.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Discuss and evaluate the energetics of exercise in relation to the intensity, mode and duration.

    • Discuss and evaluate the determinants of endurance exercise performance.

    • Conduct a range of physiological assessments for exercise performance, metabolism and nutrition.

    • Discuss and evaluate the influence of nutrition on metabolism and performance

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Lab Report, 2000 words

    Component 2 - 50% Group Presentation, 2000 word equivalent

  5. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) spu511
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on those key areas of research methods delivered at level four and in SPU501. It provides a body of knowledge and experiences that will act as a preparation for more advanced studies at level six. It offers the opportunity to acquire and practice the necessary skills to conduct independent qualitative research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 22.00 Independent   : 178.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • To design a robust research study within sport and/or exercise setting.

    • Apply understanding of the application of a range of qualitative data collection methods used in sport and exercise disciplines.

    • To apply understanding of a range of qualitative data analysis methods in a practical manner within a sport and exercise population.

    • Develop an understanding of interpreting and drawing conclusions from the results of analyses in sport and exercise disciplines from a practical study.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Conduct a qualitative study taking on board all aspects of research design.

    • Collect qualitative data using appropriate methods.      

    • Identify and interpret a range of appropriate themes from qualitative data.

    • Develop and communicate conclusions from the results of qualitative analyses.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Poster Presentation (600 words, plus 7 minute poster defence)

  6. PRINCIPLES OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
    (Compulsory) spu507
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major personality and social-psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and performance in sport and exercise settings. Students will develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence participation, well-being and performance in sport and exercise contexts.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop students’ knowledge of some fundamental contemporary psychological theories related to sport and exercise.

    • Enhance students’ understanding and critical awareness of specific psychological constructs related to individuals’ participation in sport and exercise settings.

    • Promote students’ ability to investigate theoretical constructs as they are applied to sport and exercise contexts.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Make effective use of in-depth knowledge and understanding of an area of sport and exercise psychology.

    • Critically assess and conceptualise individual behaviour within a sport and exercise context.

    • Describe, interpret, and evaluate empirical findings relevant to solving problems in a sport and exercise psychology perspective.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Critical Essay, 1500 words

    Component 2 - 40% Group Presentation, 10 minutes

  7. INTRODUCTION TO STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
    (Compulsory) spu512
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to build on key physiological and biomechanical concepts that underpin physical development. The module will focus on critically exploring different exercise testing and prescription methods used in performance sport. The students will critically explore the development of aerobic/anaerobic capabilities, muscle strength, power, hypertrophy, speed, agility and their respective roles in sports performance. They will also learn how to monitor training and performance. Students will conduct a needs analyses aiming to identify factor to support successful sports performance and gain vital practical experience in assessing key capabilities and developing exercise regimens.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop critical skills in the evaluation of needs of different sports.

    • Develop a critical appreciation of science behind the development of the fundamentals of sports performance.

    • Introduce methods on monitoring athletes and the practical applications.

    • Develop key practical skills in the assessment and development of sports performance

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Conduct a needs analysis

    • Gain experience of conducting numerous physiological & biomechanical assessments

    • Develop evidence based training sessions

    • Learn and critique different ways of monitoring training.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Mahara Poster, 2400 words

    Component 2 - 40% Practical Session (30 minutes) and Evaluation Presentation (5 minutes)

  1. DISSERTATION
    (Compulsory) peu601
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation must be specific to their degree pathway.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 15.00 Independent   : 385.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide the student with an opportunity for personal development in applying prior theoretical and practical learning to a selected topic demonstrating her/his ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent work
    • Encourage individual thought, initiative, time management, good skills of written communication and in-depth understanding of a particular sport and exercise related issue

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Undertake a substantial piece of independent research relevant to the degree programme.
    • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of approaches adopted         
    • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
    • Produce a sustained independent study, which includes: critical evaluation of literature and study design, application of appropriate methodology, and analysis gained from the research.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (600 words, 5 minute presentation and 5 minute defence)

    Component 2 - 80% Dissertation (10000 words)

  2. PHYSIOLOGY OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT
    (Compulsory) spu606
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to build on key concepts in exercise training and monitoring from level 5. Students will explore the development of physiological capabilities but also the acute and chronic optimisation of these capabilities. The underpinning science behind preparation for and recovery from performance will be explored in traditional and contemporary contexts alongside introduction and evaluation of contemporary training methodologies.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Explore and evaluate preparation, training and recovery of athletes for performance optimisation.

    • Critically evaluate the appropriate application of preparation, training and recovery strategies in applied settings.

    • Provide an in depth understanding of athlete monitoring strategies

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Critique theoretical concepts related to performance optimisation.

    • Critically evaluate contemporary theories of preparation, training and recovery.

    • Experience practically preparation, training and recovery strategies.

    • Experience various contemporary athlete monitoring strategies.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Group Presentation, 30 minutes

  3. ADVANCED SPORT AND EXERCISE BIOMECHANICS
    (Compulsory) spu604
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on key areas of sport and exercise biomechanics delivered at level 5. The emphasis is to provide a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the major applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of sporting activity and how these maybe used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. Students will develop understanding of biomechanical assessment procedures, data analysis, interpretation and laboratory skills with particular emphasis on 3D motion analysis, advanced analysis of force using force platforms and the analysis of muscle activation using electromyography. In addition, the relationship between the biomechanist and coach will be explored.Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Apply knowledge and practical experience of the techniques used for recording and analysing sporting movements. 

    • Detail how applied biomechanics can improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury. 

    • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches to movement analysis

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Reflect on the development of practical, experimental and laboratory skills in biomechanics by consideration and discussion of selected topics in the literature. 

    • Critique research and development issues that form a major component of the course in order to develop scientific discussion skills.

    • Critically evaluate and apply biomechanical methods to a sports performance testing situation

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Individual Presentation (15 mins plus 5 mins questions)

  4. APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
    (Compulsory) spu607
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop a critical and evidence based approach in the selection of specific strategies for individuals and groups. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of applied sport psychology.

    • Identify, interpret and evaluate major issues in applied sports psychology.

    • Critically appraise and apply psychological profiling and intervention techniques appropriate to a specific individual and particular sport setting.

    • Apply critical knowledge and skills to an area of sport psychological practice.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Demonstrate an understanding of effective and considered psychological profiling and interview techniques.

    • Synthesise understanding of established theory and practice associated with applied sport psychology to interpret an athlete’s situation.

    • Demonstrate competence in critically employing at least one psychological intervention technique.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Presentation (10 mins plus 5 mins questions)

    Component 2 - 60% Report (2500 words)

  5. CURRENT ISSUES IN SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
    (Compulsory) spu612
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to critically explore and evaluate current & contemporary issues in sport and exercise science. The purpose of the module is to equip students with thorough knowledge of issues relating to sport & exercise science that are particularly relevant and high profile in society or science at the time of delivery. Students will develop their ability to make informed decisions based on the evidence and also to communicate findings to both scientific and no scientific audiences. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 24.00 Independent   : 176.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Explore and evaluate current, contemporary or contentious issues in sport & exercise science.

    • Develop advanced knowledge & critical analysis skills across complex issues

    • Develop student’s ability to communicate to different audiences using different methods.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Critically evaluate current, contemporary or contentious issues in sport & exercise science.

    • Synthesize and communicate current, contemporary or contentious issues in sport & exercise science to different audiences.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Presentation, 20 mins

    Component 2 - 40% Poster Presentation - Infographic, 2000 words