Core Module Information
Module title: Developing Athletes

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09123
Module leader: Hollie Fountain
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

It is intended that this module will consolidate previous learning from taught modules and/or personal study so that you are able to evidence decision making in a constructive manner which will have an impact on your practice. The content of this module is designed to take a holistic approach to understanding athletic development. This means that areas including coach attributes (communication and behaviour), athlete attributes (age, stage of development, sport type etc.), environmental factors (e.g. competition, transitions, stress, and support), physiological characteristics (stress response, maturation stage), and psychological characteristics of developing excellence (e.g. psychological skills) will be covered by the module content. The content will also help to develop your skills relating to accessing and synthesising relevant academic literature. It will also encourage you to apply knowledge gathered in this way to your own practice and/or environment. You will have already focussed on one or more of these in previous modules. However, in this module (the last in this program of study), you will be required to bring together your knowledge, experiences, or research interests within three of these five areas with a view to producing an impact study (in the form of a portfolio) that will inform and guide your future practice.

You will be able to further individualise your learning experience within this module by choosing to focus your independent studies on a global theme of athlete development (e.g. leadership, talent development, resilience) and how these influence/are influenced by the areas above (e.g. coach attributes etc). For example you may choose to focus your studies on: The impact of coach leadership behaviours and the influence of athlete attributes and environmental factors.

The module will aim to develop online communities of students to discuss and share experiences via an online platform (Moodle, WebEx).

The specific nature of your project will be agreed at the onset through the learning agreement (formative assessment), and should be dictated by your development needs and interests as an athlete development practitioner.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Based on best evidence choose the relevant literature in relation to key areas of athletic development (i.e. coach attributes, athlete attributes, environmental factors, physiological characteristics, and psychological characteristics of developing excellence).
LO2: Critically evaluate the appropriate literature within your chosen area of interest, demonstrating the appropriate skills of an independent and autonomous learner.
LO3: Demonstrate your knowledge and experiences across key areas of athletes’ development, viewing the development environment in a holistic manner.
LO4: Apply your theoretical knowledge and personal reflections to help guide your future practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Cedric English
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A blended approach to learning will be achieved via a combination of face-to-face contact and online learning resources.

Face-to-face contact will facilitate group interactions and peer learning. There will be a significant focus on engagement with academic theory and literature, covering key skills associated to literature searching, reviewing, and synthesising. Within the face-to-face workshops you will take part in group work to discuss holistic development environments with a view to presenting and receiving peer feedback (LO1, 2 +3).

Group work will extend into an online format to promote continued in-depth discussions through the development of your portfolios, both within and across groups. This collaborative learning opportunity will allow your group to share resources and experiences to help with your progress (LO3 + 4). Online learning resources will also provide additional content which can be accessed based on individualised needs (LO1 + 2). A Moodle presence will enable tutor- and student-led online discussions throughout the course of the module to facilitate learning and engagement.

Formative Assessment:
The learning agreement will form the first, and very important formative assessment as feedback from this will help determine the focus of your studies throughout the module.

The learning agreement, submitted in week 3, will identify three key areas of athlete development and a global theme that will shape the content and format of your final assessment.

A literature review and progress report of approximately 1000 words will be submitted in week 7 on which feedback will be given. The purposes of this piece of work will feed into the final summative tasks. Continual formative feedback will also be provided by the supervisor as draft work is submitted for the final summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The final assessment will be an impact study (portfolio) and has two elements.

The format of the first element will be determined and agreed within your learning agreement (formative assessment 1), and may take the form of a presentation, video, or report. This element will target Learning Outcomes 1-3, and will aim to synthesise and integrate the literature concerning your chosen areas of interest, and the impact on the development environment.

The second element of this assessment will take the form of a reflective log, focussing on current practices and based on your chosen topic. Most importantly this section will also document what parts of your practice may require change and how this aligns with the contemporary literature you have synthesised (LO3+4)

Both assessments will submitted in week 15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 4
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Online Guided independent study 162
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 80 1,2 & 3 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Reflective Log 20 3 & 4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09123 Developing athletes