Professional Skills and Development 1

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


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),
MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science,
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

The content of this module enhances key scientific and academic abilities that supports students across all years of study, and provides initial preparation for students' aspired careers in sport science, exercise science, sports therapy, coaching or in the field of exercise and health.

There are four key focuses of this module: professional skills; research methods, data analysis, presentation and interpretation, and employability.

Relating to professional skills, students learn some of the key professional competencies often expected of graduate scientists, including Excel skills, searching for and inerpreting research literature, and assessing its value.

Relating to research design, this module addresses design components such as sampling, study design, reliability, validity and ethical approval.

Relating to data analysis, presentation and interpretation, student's learn about data distributions, how to test hypotheses through statistically analysing data, and appropriate graphical presentation.

Relating to employability, this module enhances students' personal development in preparation for placements and employment opportunities in future careers. It includes input from careers experts and culminates in the creation of a portfolio of employability documents.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to develop academic, scientific and professional abilities relevant to study of and professions related to sport, rehabilitation and exercise sciences.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate ability to search for, understand quality of, interpret and reference research literature.
2. Use Microsoft Excel to perform basic data processing and information retrieval tasks;
3. Demonstrate understanding of research design;
4. Understand and demonstrate ability to apply the concepts of validity and reliability to research;
5. Understand school ethics, risk assessment and consent forms as appropriate for working with human subjects;
6. Select the correct statistical test(s) to analyse data, perform analysis using specified software and interpret and report the test results;
7. Demonstrate competence in data presentation including using Microsoft Excel to present data graphically;
8. Develop a CV, personal statement 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, computer lab classes 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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Design and Ethics Applications Assessment (via Moodle)    25% 
Coursework   Professional Skills Task-based Assessment (via Moodle)    25% 
Coursework   Data Analysis, Presentation and Interpretation Task-based Assessment (via Moodle)    30% 
Coursework   Employability Portfolio    20% 

Additional coursework information

Professional Skills computer task-based assessment (25%) Research Design and Ethics Applications assessment (25%) Data Analysis, Presentation and Interpretation assessment (30%) Employability Portfolio (20%)

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mike Rogerson, email:
Dr Mike Rogerson (all staff for Personal Tutor programme events scheduled within this module)
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Jen Burbage
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head (Students)
Available via Moodle
Of 348 hours, 80 (23%) hours available to students:
268 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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