Orientation to Higher Education and Research
The aim of this module is to facilitate 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 also aims to facilitate the development of 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.
Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition
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 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
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 Sport and Exercise Physiology
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 Sport, Culture and Society
The aim of this module is to show how sociology can be used to study sport, culture and society. You 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 explored 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.
Sport, Exercise and Fitness
The aim of this module is to explore the nature of sport and exercise training for fitness through theoretical and practical experience. 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.
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
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.
Likely optional modules
Psychology of Sport
This 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
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.
Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching
This module aims to provide 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.
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
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.
Sport and Exercise Training
This module investigates current understanding of selected physiological factors which influence physical performance, and identifies methods used to enhance these factors. The module will explore the physiological determinants of fitness, investigate methods to analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and consider the role and limitations of training theory.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module will investigate current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigate methods of data analysis in this field, and explore the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
Sporting Identities and Lifestyles
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.
Either Individual Research Project or Applied Research Study
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 the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate.
Likely optional modules
Applied Sport Psychology
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, and a vehicle by which to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. 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
The module will examine 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 examines coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology
This module provides you with the 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.
This module focuses on the biomechanics of selected sport skills, including technique analyses, and discussion of the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students currently 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.
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
This module reviews the origins of physical activity and health. It is intended that you will develop a critical understanding of the link between physical activity and a variety of 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.
Re-thinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures
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 anti-fat 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.