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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 22/10/2021 12:17:57

Title of Module: Academic Skills in Sport and Exercise

Code: SPOR07008 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Mia  Burleigh

Summary of Module

This core module in all Sport undergraduate programmes, provides an essential introduction to university language, academic terminology, assignments and the skills required for undergraduate study and research. Key and transferable skills for effective study will be provided so that all students, irrespective of previous qualifications, can approach future modules adequately equipped to undertake learning and assessments. The module will utilise a combination of lectures and interactive workshops to develop key academic skills such as: searching for academic literature, critical reading, essay and report writing, delivering an oral presentation, use of reference management software, working in groups, revision skills and time management. The module will also include discussion of the feedback process at university with an emphasis on reflection and academic development. Basic research interpretation for data handling and research methods will be introduced to Students modules in preparation for subsequent years.

This module will assist the student in the development of key 'I am UWS Graduate Attributes' to allow those that complete this module to be;


  • Critical Thinker
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Collaborative

Work Ready:

  • Problem -solver
  • Motivated
  • Potential Leader


  • Innovative
  • Resilient
  • Transformational

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. L1. Demonstrate a range of skills required for effective learning, including; critical reading, objective and reasoned writing, accurate referencing and use of library learning resources to identify suitable information sources

L2. L2.Demonstrate an understanding of terminology used in sport related research

L3. L 3 Demonstrate a basic interpretation of descriptive results within sport related research

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the academic skills required for the study of sport and exercise topics.

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other forms of explanation and of the importance of this difference.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to academic studies in sport and exercise.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas that are routine to sport and exercise.

Use a range of approaches to address defined and/or routine problems and issues within the sport and exercise context.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Select and use standard ICT applications to process and obtain a variety of information and data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities at a professional level

Take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities when carrying out and evaluating tasks.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning approach will utilise a combination of lectures and interactive tasks via weekly workshop sessions. Lecture elements will be used to provide information on numerical, written and oral communication techniques, and personal development skills, but much of the learning will be achieved through practice, group and/or class discussion and evaluation. Additional information, resources and directed learning will be provided on Moodle.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop36
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:


Cottrell, S. (2013) The study skills handbook. 4th ed. Basingstoke: MacMillan.

Creme, P. and Lea, M. R. (2008) Writing at university: A guide for students. 3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.


Hennessy, B. (2010) How to write coursework and exam essays: An accessible guide to developing the skills needed to excel in written work and exams. 6th ed. Oxford: How To Books.

Northedge, A. (2005) The good study guide. 2nd ed. Milton Keynes: Open University Worldwide.

Fairbairn, G. and Winch, C. (2011) Reading, writing and reasoning: A guide for students. 3rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorU Chris Ugbolue
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 An online class test that will require the student to demonstarte use of appropriate basic understanding of research teminology including; critical reading, objective and reasoned writing, accurate referencing and use of library learning resources to identify suitable information sources(Weighting 50% - LO 1)
Assessment 2 An online multiple-choice assessment that requires the student to demonstrate basic understanding of research terminology and basic interpretation of descriptive results. (Weighting 50% - LO1, 2 & LO 3)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark  501
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck mark  00

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written) check markcheck mark501
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any student. The learning activities include oral and written work, including the assessments, and where required appropriate student support will be put in place.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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