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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Geography and Sport Science (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

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 Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons)/BSc (Hons) + DPS/DIntS
Programme title Geography and Sport Science
Programme code GYUB05
Length of programme The duration of the programme is normally six semesters (three years), or eight semesters (four years) for students who take the opportunity to undertake professional training via an approved industrial/work placement or undertake an academic year abroad (Part I).
UCAS code FC86 / FC8F
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/geography/geographyandsportsscience/

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:20:20 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both geography and the core sport sciences;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to study a broad curriculum in both human and physical geography and in the fields of sport and exercise science and physical education;
  • to develop appropriate professional practice;
  • to achieve, through the student learning process, a progressive improvement in academic performance over the degree programme;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects on graduating by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme.

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

The Benchmark Statements for Geography and Sport Science (within Unit 25 Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism)

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:

  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of data;
  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader frameworks of the sciences and humanities;

and within the Geography portion of the programme:

  • a range of environments, in the broadest sense, of environmental processes and the impacts of these processes on human activities and vice versa;
  • the ways in which representations and interpretations of the world are socially-constructed, and the forms of geographical difference;
  • the determinants of temporal and spatial variation in the physical, social, economic and political worlds; and the significance of spatial and temporal scale on physical processes, human processes and on their interactions;
  • past patterns of environmental and social changes, and of the processes and conditions that have determined those changes, and the implications for the future;

and within the Sport Science portion of the programme:

  • physical and psychological development and its impact on participation and performance in sport and physical education
  • the importance of sport and/or physical education through a scientific, social, political and ethical lens;
  • the breadth of disciplines, such as psychology, physiology, physical activity/sport and health, sociology and sport pedagogy, which support a variety of potential careers in sport and/or education

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  1. Develop a reflexive approach to learning.
  2. Abstract and synthesise information.
  3. Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments.
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including data and text.
  5. Undertake problem-solving and decision-making.
  6. Develop a reasoned argument.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

1. Combine and interpret different types of evidence.
2. Recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular debates or enquiries.
3. Undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work.
4. Employ a range of survey skills for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data and to use appropriate methods for the analysis of these data.
5. Design and execute a piece of research and produce a report.

Additionally, within the Geography portion of the programme: 

6. Prepare effective maps and diagrams using a range of appropriate technologies.

Additionally, within the Sport Science portion of the programme:

7. Plan and execute appropriate techniques and skills in the practice of sport activities.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

  1. Verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Numeracy and computational skills.
  3. Field and laboratory skills.
  4. Spatial awareness and observational skills.
  5. IT and information handling and retrieval.
  6. Independent study and group work.
  7. Time management.

4. Programme structure

Modules with a total modular weight of 60 must be studied in each academic year (Parts A, B and C) from both Geography and Sport Science. 

Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.  Individual modules taught and assessed over both semesters with a modular weight of 10 may count against either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on the balance of other modular weights between semesters.  Where the modular weight of a module taught and assessed over both semesters is 20, this shall be split equally between semesters.

Due to timetabling constraints, not all option combinations may be available.

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                     (total modular weight 50)

 

Geography

CODE

TITLE

MODULAR WEIGHT

GYA106

Academic and Professional Skills for Geography

10

 

 

Sport Science

CODE

TITLE

MODULAR WEIGHT

PSA751

Sport and the Social Sciences

20

PSA762

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science

20

 

Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                   (total modular weight 30)

Geography

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

GYA006

Practising Geography – Residential Fieldcourse

10

GYA101

Earth System Science

10

  

Semester 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES                     (total modular weight 40)

Geography

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

GYA110

Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management

10

 

Sport Science

PSA742

Fundamentals of Teaching Physical Education

20

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2, of which a minimum of 40 must be from Group 1 (20 if GYB327 is selected).  Fieldcourse modules GYB328 and GYB901 in Group 2 are mutually exclusive.  In addition, candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Sport Science modules over semesters 1 and 2, of which at least 20 must be from Group 3 (PSB752 [Semester 1], PSB753  and PSB754 [Semester 2]).

 

Geography – Group 1

GYB201

Remote Sensing and GIS

20

GYB210

Globalization

20

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference

20

GYB230

Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

20

GYB240

Environmental Systems and Resource Management

20

 

Geography – Group 2

GYB327

Geographical Research: Design and Practice (pre-requisite for the dissertation)

20

 

Sport Science

PSB764

Fitness, Training and Analysis

20

 

Semester 1

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography – Group 2

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

10

GYB311

River Ecology

10

GYB322

Lake System Dynamics

10

GYB328

Physical Geography Fieldcourse

20

GYB901

Human Geography Fieldcourse

20

  

Sport Science

PSB763

Acquiring Movement Skills

20

 

Sport Science – Group 3

PSB752

Sport, Diversity and Social Justice

20

  

Semester 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

 

Geography – Group 2

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

10

GYB308

Forest Ecology

10

GYB320

Global Migration

10

GYB400

Exploring the Ice Ages

10

 

 

 

Sport Science

PSB744

The Reflective Practitioner in Physical Education

20

 

 

 

Sport Science – Group 3

PSB753

Conceptualising Sport

20

PSB754

Physical Activity and Health

20

 

4.3       Part I

Four year programme – Candidates registered on the four-year programme will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI. 

 

CODE

TITLE

GYI003

Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)

GYI004

Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)

LAN900

Diploma in International Studies (overseas work placement in a foreign language)

GYI100

Year in Enterprise (DPS)

GYI200

Professional Training Placement & Overseas Study (DIntS)

  

4.4       Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2.  GYC400 and GYC401 (instances 1 & 2) are mutually exclusive, as are fieldcourse modules.  Candidates must also choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Sport Science modules over semesters 1 and 2.

 

Geography

 GYC400

Geography Dissertation (30 credits)

30

 

The modular weight of GYC400 may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights selected.

 

Sport Science

PSC755

Contemporary Issues in Sporting Cultures

20

PSC756

Leadership and Managing Change

20

 

Semester 1

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES 

 

Geography

GYC104

Glacial Environments and Landscapes

10

GYC207

Aeolian Processes and Landforms

10

GYC211

Snow, Ice and Society

10

GYC213

Global and World Cities

10

GYC226

Geographies of Work and Life

10

GYC308

Global Cities Fieldcourse

20

GYC309

Geographies of Home

10

GYC315

Environmental Change and Ecological Response

10

GYC401

Independent Geographical Essay (instance 1)

20

GYC905

Livelihoods in the Global South Fieldcourse

20

GYC909

Dryland Environments Fieldcourse

20

 

 

 

Sport Science

PSC765

Psychology of Coaching and Physical Education

20

 

Semester 2

(i)         OPTIONAL MODULES

 

Geography

GYC107

Regional Worlds

20

GYC108

Climate and Society

20

GYC110

GIS, Modelling and Flood Risk Management

10

GYC200

Conservation: Principles and Practice

10

GYC300

River Dynamics and the Environment

10

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

10

GYC325

Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora

20

GYC401

Independent Geographical Essay (instance 2)

20

 

 

 

Sport Science

PSC746

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education

20

PSC757

Physical Activity and Health in Practice

20

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

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

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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