Core Module Information
Module title: Scientific Support in Sport

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11103
Module leader: Duncan Mascarenhas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There is no prerequisite for this module

Description of module content:

In this module you will be provided with an understanding of the philosophical basis of science and how scientific knowledge is constructed. Building on this, the core theoretical and applied skills in the discipline areas within sport science will be contextualised in relation to performance enhancement in sport. This will be achieved by you learning about the perspectives of different disciplines within sport science and also the perspectives of specialists from the broader sport science support team, such as strength and conditioning coaches, technical coaches, video analysts and sports medicine specialists. This module will help you develop competencies that will enable you to apply for BASES supervised experience and ultimately accreditation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Outline and evaluate approaches to knowledge construction in sport science and examine the extent to which sport science support is scientific.
LO2: Explain, appraise and carry out valid and reliable methods of collecting performance related data, whilst also being able evaluate limitation.
LO3: Integrate theory and practice in designing performance related training packages.
LO4: Critically explore the practical and ethical issues related to codes of professional conduct within sport science.
LO5: Reflect on the process of working as part of a multidisciplinary team of sport scientist supporting a sport performer.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Mascarenhas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module there is an emphasis on a ‘learning by doing’ pedagogy. The learning and teaching approach will be focussed on a series of practical workshop / seminars, where you will be exposed to issues related to the application of science to sport performance. In order to be able to fully participate in the workshops you will be asked to undertake specific background reading, which will be released on a weekly basis, and to prepare presentations to show and develop your understanding. In groups, you will be asked to undertake a needs analysis with a client, so they will have to apply the theoretical and practical skills of the support scientist, collaborate with other team members in the ongoing monitoring of the support programme, and work within the professional code of conduct.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is presented in seminar work, tutor led discussion, case studies and the ongoing presentation of a portfolio of evidence. Formative feedback is an integral part of the use of case study and simulation exercises with structured debriefing in this module. You will learn in small groups, presenting information about your cases to each other in the form of a professional case meeting. Each case presentation lasts for 15 – 20 minutes and is immediately followed by 15 minutes for reflection and tutor led debriefing and commentary. The tutor and peer debriefing provides immediate feedback on your performance and is constructed as a learning conversation (Denning 2010) to explore the issues that emerged from the case. You are encouraged to analyse aspects of your performance, including competence in assessment and intervention design skills, application of evidence based practice, situational awareness, team working and problem solving skills that will be held in a portfolio of evidence. Simulation scenarios therefore provide opportunities for those of you with different learning styles, especially those who are more responsive to learning by doing, by observing and by reflecting on your practice.

Summative Assessment:
You will have a structured summative assessment, through two assessment points. The first assessment is a group piece of work in the form of a client report detailing how the client's needs were assessed, the results of the assessment and an intervention plan with a clear design, plans for delivery and strategies for management. The second assignment is a 10 minute individual reflective video presentation of the support process. You will be asked to reflect upon the practical and ethical issues related to codes of professional conduct within sport science, and to detail how effectively you worked as part of a sport science team. It will examine and evaluate how knowledge is constructed through your own reflections upon the support process.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 135
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 33
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 1, 2, 3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Reflective Log 40 4, 5 13 HOURS= 10 minutes, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11103 Scientific Support in Sport