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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Sport and Exercise Science
Programme code PSPT32
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/sport/sportandexercisescience/

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:54:03 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with further knowledge of the concepts and procedures underpinning preparation for, participation in, and recovery from sport and exercise.
  • To adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of sport.
  • To enhance the students’ employability and career preparation by developing a range of both subject specific and key transferable skills.
  • To give opportunity for in-depth enquiry in selected areas of interest. 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Subject benchmarks for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism;

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences accreditation recommendations.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • appropriate research  procedures applied to the acquisition of knowledge and solution of problems in sports science.
  • the need for  a multi-disciplinary approach in  the application of science to the study of sport and exercise.
  • the main/appropriate methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of data.
  • the moral, ethical, and legal issues which underpin best practice in dealing with human subjects. 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

The range of subject-specific skills will vary for individual students depending upon the range of optional modules studied and will be reflected in at least some of the following learning outcomes: 

  • research and assess subject specific facts, theories, paradigms, principles and concepts.
  • abstract and synthesise information in selected aspects of sports science
  • identify and analyse a broad range of human and situational variables operating in sport
  • consider the many factors which may have facilitative or debilitative effects upon sport performance.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

The range of subject-specific practical skills will vary for individual students depending upon the range of optional modules studied and will be reflected in at least some of the following learning outcomes. 

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • understand and utilise a range of  formal procedures applied to the acquisition of knowledge in sports science.
  • undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work.
  • record and evaluate sporting contexts using computer analysis.
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work using appropriate media.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to show competence in: 

  • Management of self-learning (using the library, note taking, revision and exam techniques, reading efficiently, problem solving, action planning, self motivation, time management)
  • Written, verbal and visual communication.
  • Field and laboratory skills.
  • IT skills.
  • Numeracy and data analysis.
  • Team work. 

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘C’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘O’ indicates an optional module

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Module

PSP001

Research Methodologies and Methods

15

1

C

PSP002

Quantitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP003

Qualitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP660*

Project (MSc Sport and Exercise Science)

60

2

C

Biomechanics

PSP402

Theoretical Sports Biomechanics

15

1

O2

PSP406

Neuromuscular Function

15 

 1

O2 

PSP401 

Motion Analysis of Human Movement 

 15

O2

PSP405 

Developing Computer Models for Sports Biomechanics 

15 

O2 

Physiology

PSP004

 Vocational Skills in Exercise Physiology

15 

 1

O2 

PSP601

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

15

1

O2

PSP642

Exercise and Immunology

15

1

O2

PSP643

Physiology of Exercise and Sport

15

1

O2

PSP603

Advanced Sport & Exercise Nutrition

15

2

O2

PSP644

Current Research in the Physiology of Exercise and
Sport

15

2

O2

Pedagogy

PSP702†

The Coaching Process: Concepts and Applications

15

1

O2

PSP704†

Coach Development and Mentoring

15

2

O2

Psychology

PSP312

Motivation and Individual Differences in Exercise and Sport

15

1

O2

PSP315

Current Research in Performance Psychology and Management

15

1

O2

PSP314

Mental Health and Physical Activity

15

2

O2

PSP316

Psychology of Physical Activity and Public Health

15

2

O2

Sociology

PSP501

Theory, Sport and Society

15

1

O2

PSP505 

Sport, Nations and Nationalism

 15

 1

O2

PSP507 

Sport, Health, Medicine and Society 

15 

 1

O2 

PSP502

Sport and Globalisation

15

2

O2

PSP506 

Sport for Development and Peace 

 15

 2

O2 

PSP508 

Sport, the Body and Disability 

 15

O2 

 

1Candidates must select either PSP002 or PSP003

2Candidates must select 30 credits from 3 of 5 sub-disciplines

 

*Candidates undertaking a Project need formal approval of a research proposal by the Programme Director and an agreed Supervisor.

 

†partially by distance learning

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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