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Undergraduate Course: Sport Science: Workplace Attachment 3 (SPRT10051)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis workplace attachment allows students the opportunity to observe, and evaluate how knowledge in the sport and exercise sciences is utilised in an applied or professional environment outside the university. The attachment involves students having a regular, direct involvement in delivery of sport and exercise related activities or services in a workplace outside the university environment. The types of activity can include performance sport through to exercise and physical activity for health.

Please be aware that if government restrictions relating to the Covid-19 situation prevent placements, this course may be modified. Students will be given advice at the beginning of the course to ensure the most up-to-date guidance.
Course description Please be aware that if government restrictions relating to the Covid-19 situation prevent placements, this course may be modified. Students will be given advice at the beginning of the course to ensure the most up-to-date guidance.
During semester 1 students will have initiated contact with an external agency and agreed a pattern of regular weekly contact equivalent to a minimum of 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. This can include regular volunteering type activity, for example involvement in structured programmes of coaching for sport teams, provision of exercise classes for patient groups in the community etc. A proposal of the work will be discussed with an academic member of staff and agreed by all parties (student, agency & university) before any work can be considered suitable for this attachment. Under normal circumstances It is anticipated that work should begin before the end of semester 1. If for any reason by the end of semester 1 there are concerns about the progress and adequacy of the work, students can transfer to a different course for semester 2.

Students will be allocated a supervisor from among our academic staff and this will depend on the nature of the work. Supervision will involve regular scheduled meetings and this will be the only direct teaching contact. Students will keep and organise a reflective logbook throughout the attachment period and this will help inform the content of an assessed, reflective report about the workplace attachment.

This teaching and learning is based around a position statement about work placements produced by The British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) which is the professional body for the sport sciences. BASES define work placements as "curriculum-based work related learning opportunities, integral to a programme of study (undergraduate and postgraduate), embedded within a framework of clearly defined learning outcomes, opportunity for assessment, reflective practice and achievement of academic credit.

This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students may need to apply for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme)
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Fieldwork Hours 25, Online Activities 25, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) The bulk of student effort will be the production of the assessed blog and report
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x analytical logbook of workplace activities, for example recorded as a blog (40%)
1 x 2000 word reflective report (60%)

To pass the course an overall mark of 40% or over is required.
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during any supervision meetings throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Discussion forum - Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment are be responded to by the course tutors for everyone to see.

Cohort feedforward - Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students will provided for all assessments on this course.

Formative Feedback - At the start of this course all workplace attachments involve submission of a proposal; this will involve discussion and feedback on content and suitability. Secondly, feedback on the content of the reflective log can be used to help form the final report. In addition students will arrange regular meetings with their supervisor to review progress and their reflective log. Students will gain valuable experience, knowledge and also feedback on what they are doing from a practitioner perspective.

Summative Feedback - All students will receive individual written feedback on both the reflective log and the final report. This will be based on the structure of the sections on the assignment specification.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how evidence and knowledge forms the theoretical basis for sport or exercise implementation in an applied or professional setting
  2. Generate and maintain an online, analytical log throughout the workplace attachment
  3. Critically review the implementation of knowledge, evidence, skills and practices evident within an applied or professional setting
  4. Reflect on personal ability to work effectively and implement skills and practices relevant to the sport and exercise sciences, within an applied or professional setting
Learning Resources
(1) Fanthome, C. (2004) Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students. London: Palgrave

(2) Blogging Guide. ENGAGE: College of Humanities and Social Sciences blogging community

(3) Board L, M Pye, Doggart L, Caldow E, Knowles Z and Twist C. The BASES Position Stand on Curriculum-based Work Placements. The Sport & Exercise Scientist. Issue 4 Summer 2014
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 11 of the 21 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree

(5) Synthesize knowledge from various disciplines so as to understand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise sciences.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise

(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding

(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise

(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health
(17) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives

(19) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
Special Arrangements Before students resister for this course they will need to have initiated contact with agencies and discussed potential ideas with the course organiser. The attachment can include volunteering type activity.
Keywordssport exercise science placement attachment external
Course organiserDr Paul Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)54 4111
Course secretaryMr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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