Module title: Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science

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

Module code: SES11104
Module leader: Debbie Palmer
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There is no prerequisite for this module

2019/0, 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: Debbie Palmer
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a series of interactive seminars (LOs: 1, 2), tutorials (LO: 2, 4), debates (LO: 3) and problem-solving exercises (LOs: 2, 4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
The coursework develops skills in literature searching, appraisal, scientific writing and presentation skills.

Research/ teaching linkages
The module will be delivered as a series of specialist seminars conducted by research active members of the academic team. Reference to original research will be made during the seminars and data from research papers will be used in tutorials. Students are also required to cite and critique scientific research for the coursework.

Supporting equality and diversity
All teaching materials will be available in a variety of media to facilitate access and also made available on Moodle to ensure they are available to all students. The module is predicated on equality and diversity. There is no reason why this module could not be effectively delivered in other cultures.

A range of relevant examples, from different areas of the world and different cultures, are used throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs during the interactive seminars, tutorials, and debates, which are designed to prepare students for the summative assessments. Because there is an emphasis on students working at the leading edge of current research and practice. Journal club activities are embedded in the module and are designed to stimulate discussion and provide students with formative feedback on their ideas and thinking.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment occurs with a 15min oral presentation (with 5 minutes of questions) following a period of independent study in weeks 11 and 12 and the submission of a research article synthesis (1200 words) in week 14/15. It is anticipated that the majority of the specified independent study hours will be focussed on the preparation of the summative assignments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1 & 3 12 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Report 50 2 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of a number of contemporary issues within sport and exercise science. The module will be delivered as a series of specialist seminars conducted by different members of the academic team within their own area of expertise. Contemporary issues from both a research and an applied perspective will be delivered. You will be given the opportunity to research a contemporary issue of your choice within the field of sport and exercise science and present a short seminar to your peers. You will also produce a critical review in a contemporary area of sport and exercise science. This module will allow you to see the expertise available to you within the academic team and help you to select a suitable topic and supervisor for your MSc project.

Description of module content includes: Injury/Illness Epidemiology; Return to play decisions; Exercise Immunology; Sports Biomechanics; Team resilience; Supplements in Sport; Doping in Sport; Talent Identification and Development in Sport.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically explore pertinent aspects of a contemporary issue within sport and exercise science
LO2: Generate ideas for future research in a contemporary issue of sport and exercise science
LO3: Critically appraise a contemporary issue within sport and exercise science and defend your conclusions following a period of independent study
LO4: Critically analyse and synthesise a number of original research papers in a contemporary issue within sport and exercise science.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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