BSc sports science and social science



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Programme Specification

BSc SPORTS SCIENCE AND SOCIAL SCIENCE




Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in Module Specifications and other programme documentation and online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/

The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.




Awarding body/institution;

Department;




Loughborough University

Teaching institution (if different);





Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body;





Name of the final award;


BSc (Hons)

Programme title;


Sports Science and Social Science

UCAS code;


CL63

Date at which the programme specification was written or revised.

September 2006



  1. Aims of the programme:


In Sports Science and Social Science


  • to provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge and understanding, critical and practical skills




  • to enable students to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues by means of specialist study and research




  • to enable students to learn abut key concepts, theories and methods of the sport sciences and social sciences




  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme




  • to support the student experience through effective management and improvement of ‘in-house’ learning and teaching resources


and in Sports Science





  • to provide students with opportunities to draw upon knowledge and expertise in both teaching and research to support their professional practice


and in Social Sciences


  • to provide an opportunity to study the social sciences in a multi-disciplinary context in which the value of inter-disciplinary analysis is explored




  • to enable students to compare different psycho-social arrangements and to interpret and analyse social and psychological processes and structures




  • to enable students to appreciate alternative perspectives in the social sciences



2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:


  • Subject Benchmark Statement for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism and for Sociology, Psychology, Communication, Film and Cultural Studies and Social Policy and Administration




  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2001)




  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy (2002-2005) (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/policy/l%t_strategy.htm)




  • School (Sport and Exercise Sciences) Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (2003)




  • Department (Social Sciences) learning and teaching policies




  • Research interests and specialisms of teaching staff and their professional involvement in the disciplines


3. Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate:

In Sports Science


  • an ability to reflect critically upon approaches to the acquisition, interpretation and analysis of information in a variety of sport contexts




  • their knowledge and understanding of sport-related behaviour through critical evaluation of both academic and professional practices


Module choice will be important in determining whether the following intended learning outcomes are achieved


  • an understanding of human structure and function addressed in multi- discipline based enquiry




  • an ability to appraise and evaluate the effects of sport and exercise interventions on the individual and special populations




  • the importance of the social, economic and political domains to explain the development and differentiation of sport in society.



and in Social Sciences


  • an ability to think as a social scientist about social issues




  • understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods


Module choice will be important in determining whether the following intended learning outcomes are achieved


  • understanding of the main features of social inequality and cultural diversity




  • an ability to reflect upon personal and social identity




  • awareness of the role of culture in a changing society


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated:
In Sports Science:
Modules within the School adopt strategies for learning and teaching to support the knowledge and understanding to be acquired. It is appropriate that a broad range of learning and teaching methods should be utilised. Lectures are valuable for outlining the key aspects of a topic and providing a structure for independent study. Small group seminars explore topics in greater depth and reinforce key principles and core knowledge. Laboratory classes provide an opportunity to learn through practice, to test theories and acquire and refine recording skills. Practical sessions are presented in a sport specific context and allow a structured opportunity for critical reflection on practice. Projects varying in scale, provide an opportunity to undertake a detailed examination of an issue and to develop and refine skills of information collection and analysis. The methods outlined are indicative rather than exhaustive but serve to emphasise the importance of selecting learning and teaching strategies that best facilitate the achievement of the programme learning outcomes.
The School utilises assessment for diagnostic, formative and summative purposes. Assessment methods assist and enhance progress through the provision of feedback and provide opportunities to demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and understanding relating to their programme of study. Example assessment methods include : seen and unseen examinations, coursework tests, written assignments, laboratory, practicum and research reports, seminar papers and group assignments.
and in Social Sciences
The programme is delivered by lectures (including visual aids, audio and audio-visual materials), group tutorials (linked to lecture topics), seminars (based on shared readings and exercises), workshops (for practising methods), one-to-one tutorials (for advice on assignments). Students are required to work individually (typically for researching and writing essays) and also in groups (typically on practical research exercises). Students are provided with handbooks on departmental procedure, programme syllabus and for each module. Module handbooks give details of lectures, tutorials and workshops, study guidelines, guided reading, assignments and assessment.
Skills and other attributes:


  1. Subject-specific intellectual/cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


In Sports Science


    • reflect critically on the central themes and issues in modules within the programme




    • critically assess and interpret evidence from data and text derived from sport-related enquiry




    • present a reasoned argument to assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and instructional models




    • relate theory to practice in sport, exercise and pedagogy





and in Social Sciences


  • engage in critical reasoning




  • apply concepts and theories




  • formulate research problems and select appropriate methodologies




  • articulate arguments in speech, writing and other forms


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated:
In Sports Science and Social Sciences
A variety of teaching situations, for example, laboratory classes, problems classes and seminars, and assessment methods, such as seen/unseen examinations, coursework papers and oral presentations, promote the acquisition of intellectual/cognitive skills.
In Sports Science
Intellectual/cognitive skills are developed progressively through the programme (re. Subject Benchmark Statement, Performance Indicators, pgs 11-12) and are stated explicitly in threshold definitions (ref Programme Handbooks) which define criteria for the award of marks. Students are provided with feedback on assessed work, both formative and summative, either individually or collectively, to help them to achieve such skills.
and Social Sciences
Discussion is stimulated by shared reading of exemplary texts and writings on current issues in seminars and tutorials. The expression of different views and debate amongst students are encouraged. Alternative theoretical frameworks and research strategies are compared and evaluated. Advice is given on structuring and substantiating arguments in written assignments. Students are required to use academic conventions of citation and referencing in their written work.
Assessment of intellectual and cognitive skills such as critical reasoning and argumentative communication is combined with assessment of knowledge and understanding.


  1. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to


In Sports Science


    • monitor and evaluate sports performance in laboratories and field settings




    • undertake laboratory and fieldwork efficiently and with due regard to safety and risk assessment




    • plan, prepare and present appropriate techniques and skills to develop practice in a range of sport activities


in Social Sciences


  • locate and retrieve information




  • use research tools




  • design and implement research projects




  • demonstrate ICT competence, including the use of statistical packages


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated:
In Sports Science
Discipline based skills are developed through the programme; particular modules of which Analysis and Performance in Sport, Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Teaching and Coaching Studies, provide good examples whereby learning and teaching opportunities facilitate the achievement of subject-specific practical skills. Issues of safety are re-inforced by the demonstration of good practice by teachers (and learners). A comprehensive safety handbook is given to all students as part of an induction programme in their first week in the School.
Modules which are practically based are assessed by student submission of position papers, laboratory and practicum reports, and coursework tests, to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of skills and concepts.
In Social Sciences
Students are advised on accessing library materials and using the Internet for research. SPSS and other analytical tools are taught in practical workshops. Guidance is given on the use of academic conventions and modes of presentation for producing assessed work.
Practical skills such as retrieval of information and use of tools for data analysis are assessed in relation to assessment of knowledge and understanding.


  1. Key/transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have developed competencies in the following generic skill areas:


In Sports Science

  • communication




  • numeracy




  • information technology




  • team work




  • problem solving




  • management of self learning

(ref. Skills for Success Programme www.lboro.ac.uk/service/pd/sls/skills_for_success.htm)


In Social Sciences

  • locate and retrieve information using primary and secondary courses




  • participate effectively in group work




  • use communications effectively, including dialogue, writing formats and visualisation







  • understand qualitative and quantitative data




  • demonstrate ICT competence, including the use of statistical packages


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated:
In Sports Science
Within the School there is variation from module to module in the extent to which key/transferable skills are required. However each student in following a compulsory set of modules (with increasing choice over three years) develops a range of skills in conjunction with academic and professional content knowledge. Skills are promoted and developed in a variety of learning and teaching situations and they are assessed as an integral feature of student work completed, inter alia, for coursework assignments, group presentations and examinations. The School maps the development of transferable skills for each module from one year to the next to ensure that students exit their programme appropriately skilled.
In Social Sciences
Practice at critical reading, interpretation of various kinds of data, individual research, essay and report writing all develop transferable skills. Group work develops collaborative skills. Students are also advised to schedule work carefully in order to meet deadlines and cope with the various demands upon their time.
transferable skills, which are especially important for employability, are assessed in relation to intellectual and practical skills, knowledge and understanding.
4. Programme structures and requirements , levels, modules, credits and awards:
l.l Administrative responsibility for the programme rests with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
1.2 The programme leads to the Degree of Bachelor of Science.
1.3 The duration of the programme is six semesters.
1.4 Sports Science modules weighted sixty and Social Science modules weighted sixty will be studied in each academic year.
1.5 Candidates must take a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules. The modular weight of modules taught over both semesters with a modular weight of 20 or more will be evenly split between semesters.

  1. Content


Semesters 1 and 2
Sports Science
COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 20)
Code Title Modular Weight
PEA001 Analysis and Performance in Sport 20

Semester 1




Sports Science

OPTIONAL MODULES


PEA011 Introduction to Pedagogy for PE and Sport 10

PEA024 Introduction to Sociology of Sport 10

PEA028 Biomechanics of Sport 10
Social Science
OPTIONAL MODULES* (total modular weight 30)
SSA001 : Introduction to Sociology A 10

SSA102 : Introduction to Social Psychology B 10

SSA201 : Introduction to Criminology & Social Policy A 10

SSA301 : Introduction to Communication and Media Studies A 10



Semester 2
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
PEA002 Fitness and Training 10

PEA020 Exercise Physiology 10

PEA026 Sport and Exercise Psychology across the Lifespan 10
Social Science
OPTIONAL MODULES* (total modular weight 30)
SSA002 : Introduction to Sociology B 10

SSA101 : Introduction to Social Psychology A 10

SSA202 : Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B 10

SSA207 : Deviance and Social Control 10

SSA302 : Introduction to Communication and Media Studies B 10
Social Science modules to be chosen as three subject area ‘pairs’ across the year

with the corresponding module chosen in each semester.


2.2 Part B - Degree Modules
Semesters 1 and 2
Sports Science
COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 20)
PEB001 Analysis and Performance in Sport 20

OPTIONAL MODULES


PEB010 Sport and Exercise Pedagogy 20

PEB020 Exercise and Environmental Physiology 20

PEB024 Making Sense of Modern Sport 20
Semester 1
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
PEB027 Acquiring Movement Skills 10

PEB028 Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics 10




Social Science

OPTIONAL MODULES*

A modular weight of 20 or 40 to be chosen from a selection of modules published annually by the Department of Social Sciences and subject to Departmental approval.


Semester 2
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
PEB002 Structural Kinesiology 10

PEB015 Sport, Ideologies and Values 10

PEB026 Psychological Factors in Competitive Sport 20

PEB029 Biomechanics of Sports Movements 10



Social Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
A modular weight of 20 or 40 to be chosen from a selection of modules published annually by the Department of Social Sciences and subject to Departmental approval.
2.3 Part CDegree Modules
Semesters 1 and 2
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
(i) Applied Sports Science (PEC101-PEC109): 20

One sport to be chosen from a range of options to be published annually.



Semester 1
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
PEC017 Equity and Inclusion in Contemporary Physical Activity 20

PEC021 Physiology of Exercise and Health 20

PEC024 Sport, The Body and Deviance 10

PEC026 Exercise Psychology 20

PEC028 Advanced Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics 10

PEC029 Mechanics of Sports Techniques 10




Social Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
A modular weight of 20 or 40 to be chosen from a selection of modules published annually by the Department of Social Sciences and subject to Departmental approval.
Semester 2
Sports Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
PEC018 Sports and Exercise Pedagogy: Authentic Learning 20

PEC020 Nutrition, Health and Sports Performance 10

PEC025 Sport and Social Theory 10

PEC030 Physical Activity Promotion and Prescription 20


Social Science
OPTIONAL MODULES
A modular weight of 20 or 40 to be chosen from a selection of modules published annually by the Department of Social Sciences and subject to Departmental approval.
Note: the information presented in Section 4 above should be read in conjunction with Regulation XX at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/index.htm

and the relevant module specifications at http://cisinfo.lboro.ac.uk:8081/CI/WR0015.MAIN



5. Criteria for admission to the programme:
Admissions requirements conform to the “Curriculum 2000” changes, taking account of the new qualifications at AS level, A2, VCE and Advanced Scottish Highers, and the new regulations governing the award of grades for the BTEC National Diploma. For entry in 2004 students were asked to achieve a total of 320 UCAS points from three A2 or two A2 and two AS subjects. (www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/ug/programmes/ss/ssses/jointhons.htm


6. Information about assessment regulations:
In order to progress through the programme and to qualify for the award of a degree, candidates entering in October 2005 must satisfy the minimum requirements as set out in the Regulation XX and the following programme requirement: candidates must accumulate a minimum of 100 credits (out of 120 credits available) at Parts A, B and C, and in addition achieve a module mark of at least 30% in the remaining modules. Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C only. The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40 : Part C 60, to determine the overall average percentage mark for the programme (the Programme Mark). The classification of degree will be determined by the Programme Mark, boundaries are normally set at 70%+ First; 60%+ Upper Second; 50%+ Lower Second and 40%+ Third.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/index.htm

See Regulation XX


Provision will be made for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any Part of the programme, and have achieved at least 60 credits in that Part, to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period or during the course of the following academic year. Candidates who fail to achieve 60 credits in any Part of the programme must wait until the following academic year to be re-assessed. Re-assessment marks are capped at 40% at Parts B and C.
7. Indicators of quality:
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences both achieved a 5* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise confirming the international status of their research. Members of staff frequently offer modules which are directly linked to their research interests.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences both achieved an excellent rating (23/24) in External Subject Reviews undertaken in 2001 and 1996 respectively.
8. Particular support for learning:
For further information please go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/templates/notes/lps/

9. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning:
For further information please go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/templates/notes/lps/

September 2006







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