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Professional Development Experience

Module titleProfessional Development Experience
Module codeSHSM912
Academic year2019/0
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




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Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The Professional Development Experience module provides students on a taught MSc programme in Sport and Health Sciences with the opportunity to undertake an internship related to providing applied sports science support to a recognised partner, such as the University of Exeter Sports Park High Performance Unit or sports club.

During the internship, you will take responsibility for providing one or more aspects of applied sports science support such as strength and conditioning and performance testing and analysis. The tasks that you work on will vary from project to project, but may initially include a general induction to the role, administrative tasks, and shadowing an experienced applied sports scientist or strength and conditioning coach. As you gain experience you may have the opportunity to progress to more advanced tasks and gain additional responsibility, including developing and leading with the delivery of sport science support sessions and data analysis, management and communication. This module is especially recommended if you are considering a career in applied sports science.

Acceptance into this module is competitive and by agreement with the module leader and identification of an appropriate provider of the internship and internship supervisor. Whilst completing the internship, you are expected to achieve a satisfactory level of academic progression (e.g. achieving a pass grade or above on modules aligned to your MSc programme) and demonstrate a strong enthusiasm for applied sports science.

The module enables you to undertake up to 150 hours of applied sport science work which may run throughout the year or in a discrete block of time.

This module and its credits does not contribute towards degree progression or award calculation.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to improve your skills, knowledge and experience of delivering sport science support to an appropriate end-user. The module is designed to enhance your employability by developing a clearer sense of the nature of a career in applied sports science, the development of skills and knowledge relevant to a career in applied sports science and evidence of these achievements.

The graduate attributes developed through successful completion of this module are:

  • The ability to work with an athlete / squad as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Appropriate selection and proficiency in exercise testing and screening
  • The compilation of athlete data and its interpretation
  • Evidence of strategic reflection of career pathway after University

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Support, develop and deliver appropriate applied sport science support activities
  • 2. Describe theories, approaches and solutions to providing sport science support activities
  • 3. Explain in depth how your sports science support work experiences are associated with a related career and illustrate the pathway to pursuing this career

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Apply and evaluate the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical context concerning the improvement of sport performance
  • 5. Demonstrate competency in the measurement and interpretation of performance tests

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Take responsibility for assisting, planning and delivering sport science support activities in line with your responsibilities and demonstrate professionalism in your delivery on your tasks
  • 7. Act autonomously with appropriate levels of supervision or direction, within agreed guidelines
  • 8. Demonstrate competence in performing agreed sport science support activities

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Regular meetings are held with your internship supervisor throughout the module. The internship supervisor will ensure that any necessary training is delivered in a timely fashion and that you receive an induction on your first day. Supervisors will meet regularly with you throughout the internship to ensure that you are adequately supported and that you have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experiences. Supervisors will schedule a review session that will coincide with the midway point of the internship to discuss the progress of the internship. In addition, a termly meeting will be held with the module convenor to discuss the internship.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement/study abroad150Sports science support activities


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Module convenor tutorials30 minutes each term1-9Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation of internship 10020 minutes (15 minute presentation + 5 minutes Q+A)1-4, 7-8Written
Sports science support skills proficiency (pass/fail only)0Competent performance of agreed skills 5, 9Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral presentation of internshipOral presentation of internship1-4, 7-8August ref/def
Sports science support skills proficiencyCompetent performance of agreed skills5, 9Ongoing

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to redo the relevant assessment as required. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Career Zone:

CVs and Making Applications


Work Experience


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Employability, careers, job application, work experience, internship

Credit value15
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