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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 17/05/2022 16:45:51

Title of Module: Sport and Exercise Experience

Code: SPOR08042 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:Laura  Graham

Summary of Module

This module is designed to facilitate the transference of theoretical knowledge to applied practice.  This module is underpinned by work related learning experiences gained in first year and prepares students for a longer, second placement in the third year module Being a Sport Professional. 

The module is delivered in partnership with the local authority, who are able to offer a wide range of placements across Active Schools and Sport Development initiatives. Alternative placements for students who wish to use their own links are also possible however and will be approved at the module leader's discretion. 

By the end of this module, students will have gained experience of professional practice within the sport sector. The structure of the module optimises essential networking opportunities, personal developing planning, and active reflection on professional skills.  

This module develops student in relation to the “I Am UWS” Graduate Attributes: 

Universal – Critical Thinker, Emotionally Intelligent, Collaborative 

Work-Ready – Problem-solver, Emotionally Intelligent, Potential Leader 

Successful – Autonomous, Resilient, Driven

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. Show discerning understanding of key principles in professional practices within the working environment.

L2. Develop a critical and reflective approach to professional practices.

L3. Demonstrate effective communication to peers and other professionals.

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.

Demonstrating and/or working with:

A broad knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of a subject/discipline.

Detailed knowledge in some areas.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of routine skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline, a few of which are advanced or complex.

Adapting routine practices within accepted standards.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings of the subject/discipline.

Evaluating evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems/issues and/or routine problems/issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills associated with a subject/discipline, for example:

Conveying complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level.

Taking significant managerial or supervisory responsibility for the work of others in defined areas of work.

Taking the lead on planning in familiar or defined contexts.

Taking continuing account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities andcontributions in carrying out and evaluating tasks.

Working in support of current professional practice, under guidance.

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 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)
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Work Based Learning/Placement 48
Independent Study106
Personal Development Plan10
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:

Core Text:

Knowles Z, Gilbourne D, Cropley B and Dugdill L (2013) Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Heaney C, Oakley B and Rea S (2009) Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-Based Practice.

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement also includes entering required placement details onto InPlace by specified deadline, completion of PVG in advance of placement and completing required placement hours.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorJuan Alvarez
External ExaminerS Robson
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessments in this module will require students to demonstrate their ability to perform appropriate practical/applied work externally from the university. Students will also be required to produce a reflective account of the practical experiences they have gained.
Assessment 1. Completion of relevant work-based learning placement/practical work.
Assessment 2. Reflective Assignment analysing placement experiences.
(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
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessmentcheck mark check mark500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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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
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy 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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