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SPSC2218 Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of level 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to the core research skills required by Sport and Exercise Scientists. Specifically, the module considers the connection between research questions or hypotheses and the analysis tools required to address them. This module also explores concepts of employability and the skills and attributes required to work as a Sport and Exercise Scientists in a variety of environments.


The aims of this module are to enable students:
- to understand the principles of research design;
- to judge what methods and techniques are appropriate to address particular research problems, to identify and apply appropriate statistical tests to analyse data in a variety of situations;
- and to develop their critical abilities to appraise published research findings in their own areas of study.

In addition, students will also have an understanding of potential career paths and opportunities available to them as a Sport and Exercise Scientist.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and data management plans associated with carrying out research in the field of study;
2. Identify appropriate research designs to address a research question/s or hypothesis/es;
3. Select, apply and explain appropriate analysis techniques for a given research question and data set;
4. Outline a CV and job application and construct answers during a mock interview;
5. Describe and reflect on the development of graduate attributes required for their career choice or continuing personal development.

Skills outcomes
This module is designed to further develop specific academic related skills, such as preparing laboratory reports, as well as transferable skills, such as group work, which are essential for furthering professional development. Embedded into this module are employability related skills including workshops on how to write a job application and a CV as well as successful interview strategies.
- Managing Knowledge: collecting, selecting, organising and interpreting data, data evaluation and synthesis, use of IT skills; use of data management skills;
- Managing Self: planning, time management, independent study;
- Managing Interrelationships: teamwork and cooperation, decision taking, learning from others, leadership;
- Presentation Skills: visual presentation of data, scientific writing.


- Employability and the Sport and Exercise Sciences;
- Ethics in Sport and Exercise;
- Validity, reliability, sampling issues in research design;
- Qualitative and quantitative approaches to research;
- T-tests;
- ANOVAs - between and within subject designs;
- Non-Parametric statistics.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Independent online learning hours9.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to study towards gaining National Governing Body Coaching awards and/or research the requirements for their future career aspirations. In support of the topics considered within this module students are required to, complete additional reading, and to complete a workbook of statistical techniques throughout the module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- This will be undertaken by summative assessments in both semesters and formatively by following a workbook utilised in the statistical workshops in semester 1.
- Additional tutorials will be available to those students wanting extra assistance. All staff offer 2 hour consultation hours /week as a minimum.
- The assessment of this module can be discussed with personal tutors, and feedback given on essay topics and experimental design.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentInterview & CV task15.00
In-course AssessmentSPSS computer exam in Minerva35.00
ReportIndividual Lab Report (max 1500 words)35.00
PortfolioReflective portfolio on graduate attributes and employability (1250 words)15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

All assessments are compulsory pass elements on the module. You will not gain credits if they are not completed successfully. Failure to complete any work to pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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