Year one (Level 4)
Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. It aims to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.
Introduction to the Physiology of Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physiology of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module currently covers key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardio-respiratory system. Laboratory practicals provide the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. Overall students will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training.
Introduction to Psychology of Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin 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 currently 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 are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and well-being.
Introduction to the Sociology of Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
The aim of this module is to examine the role of sport, exercise & health in modern society. Emphasis will be given to the range of theoretical approaches employed by social scientists in examining such issues as 'race', gender and class in sports, exercise and health. This module will be of value to students who have an interest in sport and exercise and their role in contemporary society. The module lays the basis for further study in socio-cultural aspects of sport, exercise and health in the SX, SV & EH fields in particular.
Application of Sport and Exercise Science 1 (Work Based Learning) - 40 credits
Alternatively, you can study this unit in your first year on a placement year with an external organisation. This is usually focussed around your course, and enables you to learn about a particular sector, company or job role, apply your academic knowledge in a practical working environment, and receive inspiration for future career pathways.
Year two (Level 5)
Biomechanical aspects of Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
This module explores selected biomechanical principles that influence physical performance through applying selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts. It will also aim to develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses on biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulse-momentum relationship, work-energy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It also includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.
Applied Physiology of Sport and Exercise- 20 credits
This module will focus on the application of physiology to exercise, health and sports performance. Current practice in these areas will be evaluated and the strengths and weaknesses of competing strategies discussed. The module will also consider the validity and reliability of appropriate physiological measurement techniques.
Psychology in Sport and Exercise- 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.
Identities and Lifestyles in Sport and Exercise - 20 credits
This module considers the cultural meaning and significance of sport and exercise in selected societies. Specifically, the module explores the nature and characteristics of sport and exercise related sub-cultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues. It is currently structured around the establishment and maintenance of sport and exercise sub-cultures and students explore issues of socialisation and identity formation in relation to sport subcultures, examine sub-culture related deviancy such as violence, drug-taking and over-conformity to the ‘sports ethic’ and investigate the symbolic nature of the body in sport and exercise. Aspects of research methods in the sociology of sport and exercise sub-cultures will be studied.
Application of Sport and Exercise Science 2 (Work Based Learning) - 40 credits
Alternatively, you can study this unit in your second year on a placement year with an external organisation. This is usually focussed around your course, and enables you to learn about a particular sector, company or job role, apply your academic knowledge in a practical working environment, and receive inspiration for future career pathways.