Professional Skills and Development 1

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module supports the content of other first year modules and prepares you for your second year. The module will also enhance your personal development in preparation for placements, work experience, year abroad, employment opportunities and your future career. You will create a skills portfolio which evidences and reflects on key transferable skills acquired across all modules, together with a CV and personal statement.

Lectures will cover how to find and use information in a scholarly way, develop critical thinking skills, think and work ethically and with academic integrity. You will learn how to identify important unanswered questions in sports, rehabilitation and exercise sciences, and then develop the skills needed to address these questions, test theories and improve current practice. In order to develop your research skills and to enable you to understand the evidence base that underpins our existing understanding of sport, rehabilitation and exercise sciences, you need to be able to critically analyse the research literature and gain experience in preparing and presenting scientific information. This module will guide you through these processes and equip you with the fundamental practical skills you need to be able to carry out your own research project, ranging from blood sampling to heart rate monitoring and gas analysis. You will develop skills in research design, the application of key methods, the statistical analysis of data, and the interpretation and presentation of research findings. Lectures will also cover content on identifying and developing career pathways, employability skills and personal development. You will learn key practical skills and professional competencies expected of scientists to prepare you for a career in sports science support, sports therapy, coaching or in the field of exercise and health.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop academic, scientific, practical and general transferable key skills relevant to sports, rehabilitation and exercise science.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module, students will need to be able to:

1. Explain the important features of good experimental design;
2. Explain the concepts of validity, precision, reliability and reproducibility;
3. Use school ethics, risk assessment and consent forms as appropriate for working with human subjects;
4. Select the correct statistical test to analyse data, perform analysis using SPSS software and interpret the test results;
5. Use Microsoft Excel to present data graphically;
6. Demonstrate practical skills and basic measurement techniques in sports, rehabilitation and exercise science;
7. Demonstrate competence in data presentation, analysis and interpretation, numeracy, use of spreadsheets, information retrieval and written communication.
8. Develop a CV, personal development and skills portfolio

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is delivered by a mixture of teaching methods including lectures, practicals, PC labs and seminars.


  • Peter Reaburn; Ben Dascombe; Rob Reed; Jonathan Weyers; Allan Jones. (2011) Practical skills in sport and exercise science, Harlow: Prentice Hall.
  • Pallant, Julie. (2016) SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Practical Skills Assessment    25% 
Coursework   Mini project practical observations    10% 
Coursework   Group research project proposal    20% 
Coursework   Mini project scientific Powerpoint presentation    0% 
Coursework   Employability Portfolio    25% 
Coursework   Presentation Answers    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mike Rogerson, email:
Dr Mike Rogerson (all staff for seminar programme)
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres(Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 338 hours, 74 (21.9%) hours available to students:
264 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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