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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise 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 Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc/BSc+DPS/BSc+DIntS
Programme title BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Programme code PSUB02
Length of programme 3 years (4 years DPS/DIntS)
UCAS code CX63, C600
Admissions criteria

BSc (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/cx63

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/c600

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:20:43 BST

1. Programme Aims

The principal aim of the programme is to provide a comprehensive and coherent understanding of fundamental and cutting-edge aspects of sport and exercise science as applied to human performance, physical activity, health and well-being. The programme will provide a multi-disciplinary and predominately natural science-based approach to the study of sport and exercise.

Specific programme aims are:    

  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Sport and Exercise Science with particular focus on the core disciplines of physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor control, and psychology 
  • To enable students to develop and sustain arguments and solve problems through a conceptually and empirically grounded understanding of sport performance, physical activity and health and wellbeing, and to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to different audiences 
  • To develop students’ practical, laboratory and field-based skills, enabling them to apply these to performance and health contexts 
  • To provide students with a critical appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of the sport and exercise scientist 
  • To engage students in research and formal scientific inquiry in Sport and Exercise Science  in order to develop their research skills and prepare them for completion of an independent research project 
  • To equip students with intellectual, practical and other transferable skills and attributes for a graduate career and personal success 
  • To promote and provide students with a multi-disciplinary and applied educational experience.

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

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications 

QAA Quality Code http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/AssuringStandardsAndQuality/Pages/The-Quality-Code.aspx 

FHEQ

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance/publication/?PubID=2718#.WZMlVsuWypp 

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) http://www.bases.org.uk/ 

 

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: 

  K1

Key subject-specific terminology, concepts and models in the core disciplines of physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, motor control, and psychology; 

  K2

Methods, theories and empirical findings related to the study of participants (e.g. athletes, patients and the wider population) in sport and exercise contexts, and how such study informs the performance, health and well-being of stakeholders in such contexts.

  K3

The role of related areas of sport and exercise science and their interrelationships in influencing the professional work of practitioners. 

  K4

Research design (including safety, risk, and ethical considerations), measurement techniques, and the nature and appropriate statistical analysis of data including qualitative and quantitative methods.

  K5

The physiological limitations to performance in sport and exercise, and the chronic physiological adaptations (including mechanisms of adaptation) to exercise and training.

  K6

The links between human nutrition, metabolism, performance and health in sport and exercise.

  K7

The mechanics of human motion, especially as related to sporting performance.

  K8

The mechanisms involved in the control of human movement with particular reference to sports movements.

  K9 The psychological and behavioural theories and principles that relate to sport performance and exercise participation.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  C1

Apply knowledge and understanding of essential facts, key concepts, principles and theories to solve problems and debate critical issues within the subject area.

  C2

Critically assess and interpret evidence derived from sport and exercise related enquiry.

  C3

Critically reflect upon approaches to the acquisition, interpretation and analysis of information in a variety of sport and exercise contexts.

  C4

Identify and solve scientific problems in Sport and Exercise Science.

  C5

Collate, critically evaluate and interpret scientific Sport and Exercise Science information and arguments in a coherent and organised way appropriately adapted to a specific type of audience.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  P1

Observe, record and critically evaluate human performance in a range of sport and exercise contexts.

  P2

Apply a broad range of laboratory and field-based practical investigative techniques to the study of sport and exercise, including data collection, data analysis, statistical evaluation, hypotheses formulating and testing.

  P3

Apply health, safety and ethical considerations to sport and exercise experimentation, research and professional practice.

  P4

Plan, design and execute an independent research project related to sport and exercise science under appropriate supervision.

  P5

Critically evaluate and communicate sport and exercise research observations to different audiences.

  P6

Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills appropriate for working in sport and exercise contexts.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  T1

Generate, organise, analyse and interpret qualitative, numerical, statistical or other forms of data effectively.

  T2

Demonstrate computer literacy with respect to relevant and widely used software packages and resources.

  T3

Use electronic and other resources to search for, identify and organise information from library books, journals, and appropriate online sources.

  T4

Work independently and in groups to solve problems, find alternative solutions, reach common goals and evaluate outcomes.

  T5

Deploy critical judgements and evaluations to arrive at supported conclusions.

  T6

Communicate effectively to a range of audiences using a range of media.

  T7

Learn independently and pragmatically and take responsibility for their own learning and skill development.

4. Programme structure

Each year 120 credits must be taken. All modules are compulsory in Part A. In Part B students undertake the compulsory Research Methods, and Integrated Professional and Applied Skills modules; and then select four optional modules including at least one module from each of the core disciplines of: Physiology and Nutrition; Biomechanics and Motor Control; Sport and Exercise Psychology. In Part C students undertake a compulsory Research Project (40 credits), the Integrated Professional and Applied Skills module; and then select three optional modules from the core disciplines. Options should be chosen such that there is a balanced weighting of study across the two semesters.

Part A - Compulsory Introductory Modules:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSA701

Academic Skills and Data Description

20

1&2

PSA703

Integrated, Professional and Applied Skills in Sport and Exercise Science 1

20

1&2

PSA606

Anatomy and Physiology

20

1&2

PSA712

Biochemistry and Cell Biology for Sport and Exercise Science

20

1

PSA721

Introduction to Sport Biomechanics and Kinesiology

20

1&2

PSA026

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

20

2

 

Part B - Compulsory Degree Modules: 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSB702

Research Methods  20 1&2

PSB704

Integrated, Professional and Applied Skills in Sport and Exercise Science 2 20 1&2

Part B - Optional Degree Modules: 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

 

CHOOSE ONE OF BOTH FROM:    

PSB713

Physiology of Exercise and Training 20 1&2
PSB022 Biochemistry of Exercise Nutrition 20 1&2
  CHOOSE ONE OF BOTH FROM:     
PSB722 Sport Biomechanics 20 1&2
PSB723 Motor Control and Motor Learning 20 1&2
  CHOOSE ONE OR BOTH FROM:     
PSB732 Current Themes in Sport and Exercise  Psychology 20 1
PSB733 Expert Performance in Sport 20 2

 

Part I (for programmes with DPS or DIntS only)

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSI005

International Study Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)   1&2

PSI004

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS, non-credit bearing)   1&2

 

Part C - Compulsory Degree Modules

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSC700

Research Project 40 1&2

PSC705

Integrated, Professional and Applied Skills in Sport and Exercise Science 3 20 1&2

Part C - Optional Degree Modules

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSC715

Physiology of Sport, Exercise and Health 20 1&2

PSC716

Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health 20 1&2
PSC724 Advanced Sport Biomechanics 20 1&2
PSC725 Advanced Motor Control of Sport Movements 20 1&2
PSC734 Applied Exercise Psychology 20 1
PSC735 Applied Psychology in Competitive Sport 20 1&2

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 and Regulation XI for programmes with DPS/DInts (if applicable).

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. For this BSc (Hons) degree, the percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40%: Part C 60% to determine the final percentage mark.

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