Professional Skills and Development 2

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
23 April 2019


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 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 is part of the continuing programme of skills-focused modules that provides you with the opportunity to develop some of the skills you need as a sport and exercise practitioner and ensure you can compete successfully in the job market. You will be encouraged to undertake sport science/coaching specific work experience and to reflect on your experience. You will produce a portfolio of skills allowing you to evaluate the skills you have gained during any work experience, your degree and activities outside of your course (e.g. voluntary work, sporting activities etc.).

In the Summer School a number of options will be available which develop your skills as a sport and exercise practitioner. These include on-field first aid management, coaching, and applied sports science. In the research methods and data analysis part of the module you will practice and extend your skills in processing, evaluating, and analysing research and data. Finally, this module will provide you with a structured opportunity to think about your future and about how the skills you have developed through work opportunities (including volunteering), academic, sporting and social experiences of your university life are contributing towards and transferable to your career development. It will also enable you to develop a career action plan to support you in fulfilling your hopes and potential.

Module aims

The aim of this course is to provide a spine of activities that enables the development of skills specific to sport science and coaching, while also encompassing a range of key transferable skills that are useful in graduate employment. The work completed in this module also feeds in and feeds out to other modules.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. participate in a research project to prepare you for your third year research dissertation;
2. apply a variety of standard statistical methodologies to the evaluation and analysis of typical data in the sport and exercise sciences;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of data presented in a variety of formats;
4. demonstrate an understanding of the job application process and preparation of curriculum vitae's and accompanying documents;
5. develop a written strategy to optimise your employability;
6. update your personal development and skills e-portfolio;
7. reflect upon the learning experiences of life at University and plan your development for the future.

Module information

Part A: Sports Science Summer School comprising:
* MCQ theory exam and practical assessment component

Part B: Employabilitycomprising:

* Portfolio which consists of covering letter (max. 750 words),updated curriculum vitae and skills portfolio.
* WBE 10 minute presentation (8 minute presentation with 2
minutes of questions) during your group tutorial sessions in week 22 and 23

* Feedback from work based learning employer
* Feedback from research log

Part C: Research Skills and Data Analysis comprising:
* Statistics worksheet to assess your understanding of research methods and data analysis.This will be provided during the final statistics workshop.

Part D: Research Experience compromising:
* Research log (i.e., record of engaging in current research projects) and max. 500 word reflective statement of the research you were involved with.

Learning and teaching methods

Practicals, seminars, workshops, conference, directed learning


  • Reaburn, Peter. (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.
  • Thomas, Jerry R.; Nelson, Jack K.; Silverman, Stephen J.; Thomas, Jerry; Nelson, Jack; Silverman, Stephen. (2015) Research Methods in Physical Activity, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  • Newell, John; Aitchison, Tom; Grant, Stanley. (c2010) Statistics for sports and exercise science, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

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 PartA: Summer School MCQ 20%
Coursework Research Skills and Data Analysis (in class) 29/11/2019 20%
Coursework WBE Presentation Slides 21/02/2020 15%
Coursework Skills Portfolio 13/03/2020 15%
Coursework Research Experience 13/03/2020 10%
Practical Part A: Summer School Practical Assessment 20%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr John Mills, Dr Mike Rogerson & Mr Nicholas Goodman
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)


There is no financial assistance from the University for travel costs associated with work placements or live projects as part of this module.

External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 96 hours, 22 (22.9%) hours available to students:
74 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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