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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 02/06/2021 12:10:44

Title of Module: Professional Development

Code: SPOR09028 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Raleigh  Gowrie

Summary of Module

This module is specifically designed to make students more employable by developing their understanding of current theory through the application to practice in the sports industry. This is facilitated through the provision of a meaningful and relevant work placement.

Professional Development builds on the Level 8 Professional Experience module and provides students with practical focus to address issues relating to securing employment and training beyond their studies. Practical work experience is supported by current and appropriate theoretical research, seminars, and guest lectures.

The module is delivered using a long-thin approach, with lectures and seminars over Terms 1 and 2. Module content is provided in conjunction with the local authority, who deliver a range of workplace training in T1 and support students on a number of different placements opportunities throughout the organisation.  Students are also permitted to source their own placements, subject to approval.

This module develops students in relation to the ‘I am UWS’ Graduate Attributes:

Universal – Inquiring, Emotionally intelligent and Socially responsible

Work Ready – Digitally literate, effective communicator and Socially responsible

Successful – Innovative, Creative and 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. Identify and negotiate a programme of work with a suitable employer

L2. Reflect on work placement experience from a personal and organisational perspective, incorporating relevant concepts and theories from academic sources

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of sport employment and career progression, including personal pathways, goal-setting, and personal development planning

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 9.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
• A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main
areas and boundaries of a subject/ discipline.
• A critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles,
concepts and terminology.
• Knowledge that is detailed in some areas and/or knowledge of one
or more specialisms that are informed by forefront developments.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials
associated with a subject/discipline.
Use a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised or advanced.
Practise routine methods of enquiry and/or research.
Practise in a range of professional level contexts that include a degree of

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts,
information and issues.
Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues.
Draw on a range of sources in making judgements

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in
support of established practices in a subject/discipline, for example:
• Make formal and informal presentations on standard/mainstream topics
in the subject/discipline to a range of audiences.
• Use a range of IT applications to support and enhance work.
• Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals/targets

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level.
Take some responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.
Practise in ways that take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.
Work, under guidance, with qualified practitioners.
Deal with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or
ethical codes or practices, seeking guidance where appropriate.

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
|This module adopts blended learning and is specifically designed to continue empowering and inspiring the student to take control of their future employment development.
The learning and teaching activities included within this module are wide ranging and consist of numerous formative (not marked or graded) activities such as individual employment research exercises, discussion forums where students may interact with each other and individual reflective activities following lectures, tutorials and readings. This module will be delivered using a long, thin approach over Trimesters 1 and 2.
The module also addresses important career development aspects of networking within the sport development professional environment through an independently sourced work placement, lasting no less than sixty hours across both trimesters.
This module requires the completion of a UWS PVG and any student who fails to complete both this and the tripartite agreement by the deadline risks withdrawal from the module.
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)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Asynchronous Class Activity12
Work Based Learning/Placement 60
Independent Study116
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:


Masters, J. (2007) Working in Sport : how to find a sports related job in the UK or abroad, 2nd ed. How To Books, Oxford.


Fried, G. (2010) Managing Sport Facilities, 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.

Hylton, K; Bramham, P; Jackson D (2008) : Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice, 2nd Edition. Routledge, London.

Coffman, S (2007) Successful Programs for Fitness and Health Clubs. Human Kinetics, Champaign Illinois.

Torkildsen, G, (2005) Leisure and Recreation Management, 5th Edition. Routledge, London

(**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
ModeratorLaura Graham
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitions (Weighting 50%, LO 1 & 2)
Assessment 2. Portfolio of written work (Weighting 50%, 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
Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitionscheck markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work  check mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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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