Year 0 - Foundation Year
Biological Concepts (20 credits)
The module will provide a fundamental understanding of basic biological concepts. The module will introduce the variety of living organisms and their classification. This covers the key concepts of species relatedness and of evolution. Structure, ultrastructure and biochemistry of cells and of cell division are covered, as is the structure of DNA and its role in protein synthesis. Genetics and reproduction are covered and students are introduced to molecular genetics. Functional aspects of plant and animal bodies, such as homeostasis, transport, support and locomotion are also covered.
Physical Laws of the Natural World (20 credits)
Students will be introduced to the way in which physics can be studied on this module. This will begin with the study of the behaviour of light and matter in the natural world, This leads to the examination of matter and how it moves when subjected to an external force. Students will then learn of the conservation laws that govern most natural processes, developing a clearer understanding of energy, momentum and electric charge. Finally, they will examine the properties of sound waves and of light, using the ray model and wave model of light to explain its different characteristics.
Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1 (20 credits)
This module will investigate key scientific concepts that need to be considered when investigating sport from a scientific perspective. Fundamental components will be demonstrated and explored such as the ethics of studying human participants, reliability and validity of measurement, pre assessment procedures, health and safety, and calibration of equipment. These factors will all be contextualised as key requirements in recording and analysing data to enhance knowledge and understanding.
Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2 (20 credits)
This module will build Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1, to enhance further the students’ scientific skills. This module will consider the complex nature of science, and how the disciplines associated with the scientific study of sport can interact to enhance knowledge and problem solve. Problems will be considered from across the range of sport and exercise science disciplines with demonstrations of how research can be enhanced through inter/multidisciplinary investigation.
Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module will explore the application of scientific principles in relation to social and psychological aspects of sport and exercise. Students will be introduced to stratified dimensions of society which could include social class, social mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age and (dis) ability. The module will also introduce how we can investigate the nature of individual behaviour and group dynamics related to sport and exercise psychology.
Study Skills (20 credits)
This module will revise and extend basic mathematical, presentation and research skills in preparation for future degree level study. Students will also be shown how to access and find relevant, reliable and current scientific information and when to apply and cite such information. Students will then be able to take these skills and to apply and develop them as they undertake a directed research project.
Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychology that underpins our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are examined with reference to behaviour in the sport, exercise, and the physical activity setting. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and wellbeing.
The module will provide an introduction to the area of sport and exercise psychology. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress will be examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour will be introduced. Cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between sport, exercise and health and wellbeing will be examined.
Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction to research methods in sport and exercise psychology. Through a combination, of lectures, seminars, and practical experiences, you will explore the strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches to examining psychological and behavioural processes in sport and exercise. Learning to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data will also strengthen your appreciation of the research process from inception to dissemination.
Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)
This module investigates a number of the psychological factors that are associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)
This module examines a number of the psychological factors associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords an opportunity to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the student’s area of study.
Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
This module provides you with a rich understanding of the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidencebase for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a wellrounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective (20 credits)
The module covers a range of topics and issues central to psychology, from a critical standpoint. The included topics will reflect the ongoing and dynamic research taking place within the section, and will facilitate a sceptical and scientific approach to the nature of psychology applied to sport, exercise and the physical domain.
Likely optional modules
Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
The module encourages you to explore and examine contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology and critically apply them to a wide range of scenarios. Within seminars, students currently present and explain an observed behaviour that may relate to psychologically relevant topics such as confidence, motivation and aggression. The module focuses upon contentious aspects of psychological theories and encourages you to reflect upon your own perspective in relation to such issues.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research in the Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)
This module facilitates a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre-existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. The module developments skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport and exercise science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies. You will have your personal academic tutoring initially aligned with the content of this module.
Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
There are many roles within the sport sector which require well-qualified people to teach, develop and enable others to successfully execute skilled movements. This module provides insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Research Methods and Career Skills Development (20 credits)
You will explore alternative approaches to research in sport and exercise science, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study, and supports the development of fundamental skills utilised in the sport and exercise industry
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology (20 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Psychology of Sport Coaching (20 credits)
The module examines the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module probes coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coachathlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.
EITHER Applied Research Study (40 credits) OR Research and Career Planning
These two modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic or issue related to the Sport and Exercise Psychology themes explored earlier in the programme. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed so far in the course and further explore or propose the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate in a subject area of your choice.