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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/07/2022 12:06:24

Title of Module: Sport Development and the Outdoors

Code: SPOR08025 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Rebecca  O'Hanlon

Summary of Module

This module will introduce students to sport and the outdoors from a variety of international and national perspectives, such as: recreation, leisure, education, tourism, culture and government policy.

The module will explore and examine the main Scottish role players from the public, private and voluntary sectors who influence the delivery of outdoor sport in a variety of ways, for example, to increase the levels of participation of physical activity and to raise awareness of the rural environment.

Students will also identify and analyse the social-cultural, legal, economic and political factors which can influence the delivery of outdoor sport in Scotland and will explore how sport can positively and negatively affect people and their communities.  This will require students to create and produce professional presentations of sport tourism and outdoor sport in Scotland and provide comparative analysis to other international sport tourism destinations. 

Topics to include:

  • Worldwide history of outdoor sport
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sport Development and Outdoor Recreation
  • International Sport Tourism and Adventure Tourism Destinations
  • Conservation and sustainability of the rural environment
  • Main UK role players from the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • UK and Scottish Laws and Policies related to outdoor sport development

This module also aims to develop the 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes:

Universal: Inquiring, Culturally Aware and Collaborative

Work - Ready: Knowledgeable, Motivated and Ambitious

Successful - Innovative, Creative and Driven


  • Students will explore, examine and critically analyse the development and organisation of sport and its importance to the enhancement of society.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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 an understanding of the history and contemporary development of outdoor sport in UK and internationally through a range of principles, principal theories, concepts and practices

L2. Examine the interrelationships between the outdoors, sport development and the contemporary issues around delivery of outdoor sport, recreation and leisure by the public, voluntary and private sectors.

L3. Discuss the various agencies and sport governing bodies involved with outdoor sport provision in the UK and Scotland for development and planning of sport in relation to government policies for health and well-being, education, sport, culture and tourism.

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 8.

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 an awareness of the rural and outdoor environment in relation to sport practice by producing written and visual presentations via assessment in a professional context.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Developing competency and confidence in networking with professionals from the private, public and voluntary outdoor sport industries, enhancing assertiveness and negotiation skills through individual and group work.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Supporting students to develop leadership, interpersonal communication and presentation skills in relation to commercial understanding of outdoor sport businesses, organisations and contemporary issues.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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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)
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
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:

Hinch T. & Higham J. (2011) Sport Tourism Development 2nd Ed, Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford

Palmer C. (2013) Global Sports Policy, Sage Publications: London

Pigram, J.J.J. & Jenkins, J.M., (2006) Outdoor recreation management (Vol. 5), Psychology Press

Standeven J & De Knop P (1999) Sport Tourism Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics

Weed M. & Bull C. (2009) Sport Tourism: participants, policy and providers Second Edition Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier

Ewart A. & Sibthorp J. (2014) Outdoor Adventure Education, Foundations,Theory and Research Leeds: Human Kinetics

(**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 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorLaura Graham
External ExaminerS Robson
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Individual report on an outdoor sport public, private or voluntary sector organisation (Weighting 40%, LO 2)
Assessment 2. Individual presentation with questions (Weighting 60%, LO 1 & 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
Essay check mark 400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck mark check mark600.5
Combined Total For All Components100% 0.5 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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