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.
Core module for all students:
Orientation to Higher Education and Research in the Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)
This module facilitates a smooth transition into Level 4 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.
Core modules for Single Honours students; optional modules for Combined Honours students:
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.
Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through practical laboratory experiences underpinned by scientific theory. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. The module utilises laboratory work to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.
Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
The module introduces key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardiorespiratory system. Laboratory practical work provides 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. This module also extensively uses our state-of-the-art laboratories to enhance learning through a practical experience.
Sport, Culture and Society (20 credits)
An understanding of sociology can be very useful in order to study and investigate sport, culture and society. Your experience will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. A number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability are then studied encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.
Optional module for Single Honours students only:
Sport, Exercise and Fitness (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to explore the nature of sport and exercise training for fitness through theoretical and practical (laboratory and gym) experiences. This module will introduce you to the concept of exercise training specificity in relation to those with either sport and/or fitness orientated goals, and will provide a firm foundation for those seeking employment in the fitness industry.
Core module for all students:
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
Core modules for Single Honours students; optional modules for Combined Honours students:
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 Science sub disciplines. 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.
Likely optional modules
Psychology of Sport (20 credits)
A range of factors influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams, this module aims to explore these factors to understand, promote and enhance sport performance. 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.
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.
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement (20 credits)
Biomechanical principles that influence physical performance are explored in this module. Through the application of selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts you will 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, impulsemomentum relationship, workenergy 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.
Sport and Exercise Training (20 credits)
Selected physiological factors which influence physical performance are identified in this module, and methods used to enhance these factors are investigated in the context of both sport and exercise. The module explores the physiological determinants of fitness, investigates technology and methods to collect, analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and considers the role and limitations of training theory.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module investigates current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigates methods of data analysis in this field, and explores the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
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 subcultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues. The module is structured around the establishment and maintenance of sport and exercise subcultures and students explore issues of socialisation and identity formation in relation to sport subcultures, examine subculture related deviancy such as violence, drugtaking and overconformity 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 subcultures will be studied.
Optional modules for Single Honours students only:
Strength & Conditioning for Exercise and Health OR Strength & Conditioning for Sport Performance (20 credits)
These modules aim to provide a balanced understanding of key theoretical and practical considerations within the area of strength and conditioning science and how these are implemented within either the health and fitness industry or in an attempt to enhance sports performance and athletic development. The content will extend to being able to accurately prescribe a series of exercise modalities within a structured programme for an individual exerciser or athlete based around their needs-analysis.
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.
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.
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.
Applied Technique Analysis (20 credits)
This module focuses on the analysis of technique with distinct focus on the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students will critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.
Sporting Extremes (20 credits)
This module will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions, as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training/performance capacity.
Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)
This module provides insight into the origins of physical activity and health. You will develop a critical understanding of the link between physical activity and various forms of ill-health. This currently includes cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and renal disease. A laboratory practical series will prepare you to conduct a cardiopulmonary exercise test, assess coronary heart disease risk profile and provide appropriate physical activity/exercise prescription.
Nutritional Strategies for Sport & Exercise (20 credits)
The module will explore nutritional strategies associated with enhancing health, exercise and sports performance. The module will investigate established and contemporary strategies based around broad themes of body weight loss and weight gain, altering substrate use during sport and exercise and the nutritional challenges faced by specific clients. There will be focus on pre/during/post exercise nutritional strategies and the class will consider practices that are (and are not) supported by a volume of scientific literature.
Rethinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures (20 credits)
This module requires you to think critically about the social construction of the body and identity amongst dominant cultures in sport, physical education and leisure. Consideration is first given to the historical underpinnings that inform how we conceptualise the body in contemporary society. Subsequently, attention centres on how the body may be theorised and the pressures of having the ‘perfect’ body amongst discourses that promote the antifat ethic and the moralisation of health and wellness. In doing so, the oppression and inequalities present in embodying a range of identities in sport, physical education and leisure are explored including gendered bodies, sexual bodies, disabled bodies and ‘cyborg’ bodies.
Optional modules for Single Honours students only:
Sport Performance Analysis (20 credits)
This module provide students with the theoretical understanding, practical experience and analytical appreciation in the expanding field of sports performance analysis. It will also demonstrate how an understanding of the methods and processes of technique and notational analyses can inform athletes, coaches and sport scientists with the aim to improving both technique and performance outcomes.
Exercise Referral (20 credits)
This module will investigate the role of exercise in the prevention, treatment and/or management of selected health conditions in primary and secondary disease populations. Students will evaluate the efficacy of exercise as an alternative or supplementary prescription to traditional medical intervention and develop knowledge and understanding of the interaction of disease states and a more universal approach to treatment.