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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 07/07/2021 20:48:19

Title of Module: Interventions in Sport and Physical Activity

Code: SPOR10032 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Angela  Beggan

Summary of Module

Designing, delivering, and evaluating sport and physical interventions is an important part of sport development.  Writing funding grants and working with partners to deliver pragmatic solutions to promote physical activity are a regular part of the work of sport development.  This module explores the theory and practice of health and social interventions.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Paradigms within interventions
  • Ethical implications of interventions
  • Theories of change
  • Partnership working in physical activity in sport
  • Merging of health and social care
  • Designing interventions
  • Evaluating interventions

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. Develop a critical understanding of the theory and ethics of intervention

L2. Analyse professional practices associated with designing, delivering and evaluating sport and physical activity interventions

L3. Conceptualise future-looking solutions to problems and issues in promoting sport and physical activity for health

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 10.

The module is fully aligned with institutional priorities around the development of graduate attributes and with the institutional policy on personal development planning. To support student understanding of employability, the development of employability capacities and competencies has been mapped against module assessment. The linking of employability explicitly to assessment provides the student with an explicit reference point and supports a more constructive engagement with employability. The competencies and capacities explicitly developed as part of this module can be identified against each assessment as follows:
• Providing opportunities for students to develop professional knowledge of the policy and processes of national and regional governments in relation to sport practice by producing written, audio and visual reports to a high professional standard whilst familiarising the students with the editorial and production skills required by industry.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Developing competency and confidence in networking with the profession, enhancing assertiveness and negotiation skills through individual and group work

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Supporting students to develop leadership, interpersonal communication, commercial awareness and understanding of sport business and market demands

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
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 Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity12
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:

Biddle, S; Mutrie, N; Gorely, T (2015). Psychology of Physical Activity: determinants, well-being, and interventions, 3rd ed. Routledge, London.

Dugdill, Crone, and Murphy eds (2009). Physical Activity and Health Promotion: evidence-based approaches to practice. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester

Knowles, A; Shanmugam, V; Lorimer, R (2015) Social Psychology of Sport: linking theory to practice. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Naidoo, J and Wills, J (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion 4th ed. London: Elsevier

Scriven, Angela (2017). Ewles & Simnett’s Promoting Health, A practical guide, 7th ed., Elsevier, Edinburgh.

Valsiner, Jaan (2014). An Invitation to Cultural Psychology. Sage, London

Harre´, Rom and F. M. Moghaddam, (eds.) Psychology for the third millennium: integrating cultural and neuroscience perspectives. London: SAGE

(**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
ModeratorHayley McEwan
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Written Coursework (Weighting 60%, LO1 & LO3)
Assessment 2. Presentation (Weighting 40%, LO2)
(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
Essaycheck mark check mark600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation check mark 400
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 aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:
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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