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Undergraduate Course: Sport and Recreation Professional Placement 2 (SPRT08016)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryProfessional Placement is 6 weeks with an appropriate agency in second year.
The aim of this course is to develop work related and research skills appropriate placement in a sport and recreation organisation. It is expected that students not only gain structured experience with a sport and recreation organisation in a professional context, but also conduct a research project and write a relevant research based report. It includes the necessary learning in terms of research ethics and awareness of the professional context. It is based upon a 'self study' approach to reflexive practice that matches the scale of a student investigation of this sort, in the spirit of the active professionalism.

Students are required to undertake a research-based project for the employer and gather data for an organisational analysis that demonstrates their understanding of the application of theoretical management principles to practice in the context of the sports and recreation industry. Students will be working with an identified agency supervisor, and will be attached to a supervisor from ISPEHS who will monitor progress, provide tutorial support and attend the presentation of the research report to the agency. It provides students with an invaluable opportunity to apply theory to practice, to improve work-related skills, adds significantly to PDP and employability.
Course description This course will develop curriculum-based work related learning opportunities, integral to the programme of study , embedded within a framework of clearly defined learning outcomes, opportunity for assessment, reflective practice and achievement
The aim of this course is to provide the opportunity, with support, for students to negotiate, plan and organise an appropriate placement in a sport and recreation organisation. Students undertake a research-based project for the employer and gather data that demonstrates their understanding of the application of theoretical management principles to practice in the context of the sports and recreation industry. The practical outcomes of the project should be useful and relevant to the agency. The research leading to findings/recommendations must be sound and appropriately chosen and meet the course learning outcomes.
Please note: Due to social distancing rules, placements may be virtual with students working with their host organisation remotely.

Indicative Content

Examples of previous placement research projects include:
Marketing strategy for a facility or event
Development plan for a new product or service
A promotional strategy for some aspect of an agency's business
Analysis of target group outreach programmes
Customer satisfaction survey
Evaluation of sports development projects
Review of structures e.g. staffing
A feasibility study for a new or refurbished facility
Evaluating Membership systems
Pricing structure comparisons
Competitor analysis
Membership retention and recruitment schemes
Quality systems
Health and Safety/risk assessments
Promotional campaigns using social media
Web analysis
Customer care evaluations
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Students MUST have passed: Sport Management 1 (SPRT08018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Student must be enrolled on BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme UTSPRMG
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 400 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

Placement Organisation 20%

Satisfactory completion of tasks; prepare CV, arrange interviews, attendance at placement briefings, effective communication and appropriate arrangements with the tutor and agency prior to and during the placement. The placement proposal and research project must be approved by the Course Organiser.

Research report (3000 words) - 50%

Professional presentation of the methodology, literature review, critical analysis of the research data collected, analysis undertaken, key findings and conclusion/recommendations.

Oral presentation - 30 %
of the research report and answering questions/leading discussion.
Feedback Formative
Individual feedback will be given by Placement tutors at all stages of Placement planning, whilst on Placement by the placement agency and on the research project.
Individual Feedback will be given via LEARN and the Placement tutor on the research project
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and organise a suitable placement with an appropriate sport and recreation organisation.
  2. Investigate a professional issue relevant to the placement context
  3. Write and present the research findings in a professional report for academic and practitioner communities.
  4. Undertake reasonable and relevant duties required by the agency whilst on Placement
  5. Develop self management and personal organisation skills as well as work related skills relevant to the agency
Reading List
Fanthome, C. (2004) Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students. London: Palgrave
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course:
Significantly develops PDP and employability through work based learning
Develops research and investigative skills
Develops negotiating and communication skills with placement agencies
Ability to locate, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources and media
Ability to investigate problems and provide effective solutions in professional practice
Ability to identify, define and assess issues in professional placement contexts
Exercise critical judgement in selecting and evaluating sources of information
Set aspirational goals for continuing personal, professional and career development
Manage personal performance to meet expectations of placement agency
Use feedback productively to reflect on work and achievements on placement
Identify and articulate skills and knowledge confidently in seeking placement opportunities
Communicate effectively, clearly and confidently with practitioners
Respond flexibly and adapt skills and knowledge in different and unfamiliar situations on Placement
Work in groups and teams of varying sizes and in a variety of roles
Develop practical and contemporary knowledge of relevant professional frameworks
Demonstrate the ability to positively influence others whilst on placement

Additional Class Delivery Information 4 x 1 hour group pre-Placement seminars
3 out of 4 tutorials ( 2 x pre-placement preparation, 1X mid placement)
6 weeks on Placement
KeywordsProfessional Placement Sport
Course organiserMr Colin Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012
Course secretaryMiss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)516 210
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