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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

MSci (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSci (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences Programme codeUFX4SHSSHS01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSci (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences programme is designed to give you a balanced understanding of both sport and exercise sciences across the range of sub-disciplines. This is delivered through learning about the psychology, physiology and biomechanics of sport and exercise, with a focus on research that permeates throughout all Stages. Optional modules reflect the application of this scientific knowledge in a variety of populations from athletes, children, and clinical groups to the general public. Alongside the subject specific knowledge, there is also a commitment to enhancing your learning and personal development skills.

The final year of the programme provides you with an opportunity to develop a higher level of analytical and technical expertise by completing a bespoke research skills development module and undertaking a comprehensive research project by working with staff and PhD students from our leading research groups.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSci (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences will provide you with a comprehensive and contemporary programme of study and is intended to:

  • Provide you with knowledge and understanding across a range of sub-disciplines within Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from exercise and sport.
  • Provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied exercise and sport settings.
  • Enable you to acquire a range of transferable skills to allow them to develop as autonomous and reflective individuals.
  • Provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake a significant research project whilst working alongside our leading research groups.

The main aim of the programme will be to provide you with a sound theoretical understanding of how the disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics can be used to improve health or enhance performance in a variety of populations, including children, clinical group, athletes and the general public. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in related modules such as sport and exercise nutrition, physical education and business. Given that the programme is focussed on cutting-edge research, you will be provided with a solid foundation in how to design, analyse and interpret research. In the final year of the programme a bespoke research skills development module will enable you to develop postgraduate level research skills and knowledge, providing you with the necessary foundation to work alongside our leading research groups to complete your dissertation research project. The goal of the research project is to produce a substantial body of work that may be suitable to submit for publication to an academic journal.  An opportunity to attend a suitable academic conference as a delegate will also be provided, enabling you to further develop your academic expertise and networking opportunities.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

www.exeter.ac.uk/sshs/students/modules/bscess/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stages 2, 3 and, 4 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module ESS3910 Professional Development Experience in the second or third year. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ESS1006 Human Anatomy and Kinanthropometry 15No
ESS1007 Human Physiology 15No
ESS1204 Foundations of Biomechanics 15No
ESS1502 Sports Training Physiology 15No
ESS1605 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology 15No
ESS1606 Nutrition and Metabolism 15No
ESS1701 Introduction to Statistics 15No
ESS1703 Bioenergetics 15No

Stage 2


75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ESS2001 Exercise Physiology 15No
ESS2004 Biomechanics and Kinesiology 15No
ESS2303 Research Methods and Analytical Procedures 30No
ESS2808 Sport Psychology 2: Skill Acquisition 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHS S2 BSc-MSci ESS opt 2020-1
ESS2017 Measurement of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport 15 No
ESS2222 Motor Control 15 No
ESS2508 Strength and Conditioning Physiology 15 No
ESS2509 Sports Nutrition and Metabolism 15 No
ESS2704 Learning and Teaching in Physical Education 15 No
ESS2900 Employability and Career Development 15 No

Stage 3


15-45 credits of compulsory modules, 75-105 credits of optional modules

a You must choose one of ESS3302, ESS3303, ESS3304 or ESS3305.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ESS3302 Dissertation [See note a above]45No
ESS3303 Independent Research Review [See note a above]15No
ESS3304 Dissertation (Physiology) [See note a above]45No
ESS3305 Independent Research Review (Physiology) [See note a above]15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHS SF BSc-S3 MSci ESS opt 2020-1
BUS2001 Business Awareness: Theory and Practice 15 No
EDU3013 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 15 No
EDU3014 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 30 No
ESS2900 Employability and Career Development 15 No
ESS3703 Paediatric Exercise Physiology 15 No
ESS3705 Sport, Physical Activity and Health 15 No
ESS3706 Integrated Physiology and Adaptation to Physical (in)activity 15 No
ESS3707 Physiological Determinants of Exercise Performance 15 No
ESS3804 Clinical Exercise Prescription 30 No
ESS3805 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement 30 No
ESS3808 Sport Psychology 30 No
ESS3509 Advanced Strength and Conditioning Physiology 15 No

Stage 4


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHSM029 Dissertation 60Yes
SHSM030 Research Methods and Analytical Procedures 15No
SHSM031 Research Toolkit 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHS SF MSci ESS opt 2018-9
SHSM005 Biomechanical Aspects of Lower Limb Injury 30 No
SHSM006 Laboratory Techniques in Physiology 30 No
SHSM014 Paediatric Exercise and Health 30 No
SHSM022 Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease 30 No
SHSM038 Current Issues in Sport Psychology 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the sub disciplines in Exercise and Sport Sciences
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the variables involved in enhancing physical activity or sports performance
3. Demonstrate specialist knowledge derived from exercise or sport related research, or applied contexts
4. Evidence the skills required to monitor and evaluate exercise or sports performance in a field or laboratory setting
5. Develop a rigorous and systematic approach to formulate questions and methodologies in a research context

Lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks.

Laboratory report (ILO 1-5)
Independent research project (ILO 1-5)
Field and Laboratory practical examination (ILO 1-5)
Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 1-5)
Oral presentations (ILO 1-5)
Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 1-5)
Research grant (ILO 1-5)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Critically assess, synthesise and evaluate evidence
7. Apply a range of appropriate skills to produce an independent piece of work informed by research
8. Apply knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar settings

Lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks.

Group project; workshops; essays; lectures; prepared problem-solving and substantive lectures; client interviewing workshops; word processing, ELE based learning tasks.

Laboratory report (ILO 6-8)
Independent research project (ILO 6-8)
Field and laboratory practical examination (ILO 6 + 8)
Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 6)
Oral presentations (ILO 6)
Reflective portfolios (ILO 8)
Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 6-7)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Manage time effectively and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines
10. Take responsibility for own learning by planning and managing tasks with limited guidance; identifying your own resources and seeking and making use of feedback
11. Successfully complete assigned academic tasks and communicate effectively with others when working in a group
12. Evaluate and assess their own abilities, performance and understanding, to reflect on his or her own learning and to seek advice and feedback
13. Present work in a range of media (written, electronic, oral) taking responsibility to develop the skills necessary to achieve this outcome
14. Complete a self-directed study
15. Use electronic information management tools - word processing, email, WWW, data analysis packages, electronic information retrieval systems and presentation packages

Transferable skills permeate every activity within the programme content and assessment – examinations, presentations, workshops, personal profiling (PDP scheme), word processing, lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks.

Laboratory report (ILO 9-14)
Independent research project (ILO 9-14)
Field and laboratory practical examination (ILO 9-14)
Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 9-14)
Oral presentations (ILO 9-14)
Reflective portfolios (ILO 9-14)
Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 9-14)
Research grant (ILO 9-14)

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 3 you must achieve a credit-weighted stage average of at least 60% in Stage 2, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the relevant three year BSc programme.

Programme-specific Award Rules

At the end of Stage 3, you may be permitted to exit with a BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences provided that you have achieved 360 credits in total, you have taken no more than 150 credits at level 4 and at least 90 credits at level 6 or 7. If you do exit with a BSc (Hons) the award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be based in Sport and Health Sciences, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor on arrival and can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff for academic tutorials through appointments. There is also a Programme Director for the MSci (Hons) in Exercise and Sport Sciences who follows the cohort from stage 1 through to graduation and who will monitor student absences and progress, and meet any students needing additional support. In addition, the Programme Director will offer support and advice to all students on a programme and a dedicated careers and employability tutor to co-ordinate the interaction between you, careers service and the discipline.

In addition, you are provided with
• Induction course before the start of your first year
• Library induction sessions
• Student handbook and module guides
• Access to Discipline Disability Officers

You will have access to the Seminar Speaker Series where leading researchers are invited to give research seminars.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision. The Student/Staff Liaison Committee in Sport and Health Sciences meets termly and is chaired by a student representative.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSci (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences

19. UCAS Code

C606

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism

23. Dates

Origin Date

03/06/2016

Date of last revision

11/09/2019