Sport psychology, the study of how the mind impacts on both sporting performance and sports participation, forms an integral part of the course, with different aspects of the topic being studied in all three years. Psychology can be the difference between winning and losing, enjoying or not enjoying sport at community level, and taking up sport or not taking up sport at participation level. You'll explore the contests that continue to shape modern sport in the sociology modules of this degree, as sociology is hugely relevant to the practice of coaching and teaching.
Biomechanics is an area of science concerned with the mechanics of human movement. In sport, this is extended to cover the interaction of the athlete and the equipment they use, whether it's a bicycle, discus or pair of running spikes. You'll learn about the short-term and long-term changes the body experiences as a result of physical activity, environmental stress and exercise.
You'll have access to our sports hall and extensively equipped sports science labs, external sports technology companies and industry experts to give you insider knowledge of sporting professions.
You'll also have access to performance analysis software, Markerless Biomechanical analysis software, Kitman Labs's markerless motion capture software, Capture, and sports/catapult devices. The exercise physiology equipment available includes breath gas analysers, Woodway treadmills and blood analysers, as well as a climate chamber, Biosen lactate analyser, Bodpod and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scanner (DEXA).
Biomechanics equipment includes a Kistler force platform, electromyography (EMG) equipment, Watt bikes and facilities for 2D motion analysis. Sport is embedded in socio-cultural issues that can define and therefore legitimate a particular sport, both in its delivery and practice.
This course offers progressive development of data analytics using global positioning system hardware and software. You will also be taught anatomy, biomechanics and physiology to provide you with the foundation of sport and exercise understanding upon which to interpret the performance analysis.
Assessments will be through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Sport and Exercise Performance Analysis (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module intends to introduce students to basic principles in a range of areas, which will be critical to development of a true understanding of sports performance and participation. These basic principles will primarily feature sport psychology and coaching. The module will primarily develop an understanding of the impact that psychological state has on both performance and participation; as well as the most effective way to develop a sound coaching/teaching knowledge base and pedagogy.
In addition, parts of the module will focus on sociology of sport and health related aspects of sport and exercise, referring to the sociological value of sport and how this links to coaching and teaching pedagogy; plus coverage of health related aspects, showing how sport and exercise can benefit our physical condition and psychological wellbeing.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide an introduction to human anatomy and biomechanics. The module has a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. Thus, the principal focus in anatomy is the musculoskeletal system, together with movement analysis and the isolation of specific muscle groups. In biomechanics, the focus is on the basic anthropometry and kinematics of the human body.
This module provides an introduction to exercise related physiology, the sub-discipline of sport and exercise science. This is accompanied by the principles of training and athletic preparation which ensures a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
This module aims to provide students with a fundamental grounding in exercise physiology. Students are made familiar with physiology, biochemistry and cell biology.
The module encourages an appreciation of the contribution of Physiological Science to sports performance and exercise delivering both theory (the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems) and practical skills (scientific methods of testing and data collection).
The knowledge gained is relevant for a variety of employment opportunities, particularly those within sports science, coaching, personal training and sports therapy.
This module is intended to introduce students to the study of sport in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life-long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to introduce students to the learning resources within the University to assist them with their personal and professional development. Students will enhance their planning, preparation, academic writing styles, referencing, resourcing and development for academia to enable an easy transition between levels. With regard to data analysis the aim of the module is to enable students to apply statistical techniques to data, as part of their other studies as well as in a more general work environment.
Year 2 modules include:
This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy, biomechanics, and the physiology of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. In addition the module explores the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to: provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of physiological, biomechanical, and behavioural principles; develop the ability to apply theoretical understanding of human movement in a variety of contexts including the analysis and development of sporting performance, and the prevention and treatment of injuries; and, develop critical thinking skills of data analysis and interpretation of results.
This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports coaching and teaching as well as covering a wide variety of themes relevant to contemporary sports education and training. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions on a weekly basis.
The module aims to provide students with an overarching appreciation of important theories relating to effective teaching and coaching practice. Students are afforded various opportunities to develop their practical competencies in relation to teaching and coaching. Ultimately, the module seeks to develop responsible and effective practitioners with a firm grounding in the necessary interpersonal and decision-making skills required within the coaching/teaching profession. The ability to communicate and use a variety of strategies to achieve coaching/teaching objectives is developed, along with an appreciation of the value of reflective practice in personal development.
Assessment: Class test (001) (25%) + Practical coaching (002) (50%) +
Written report (003) (25%)
This module equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge for conducting needs analysis for individual and team sport, designing and implementing analysis for performance and related parameters in team and individual sports. The module focuses on evaluating different parameters of performance from technical, tactical, physiological, biomechanical and injury risk perspectives. In addition, the module explores the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to: provide an understanding of physiological, technical and biomechanical factors of sports performance. Provide an understanding and applied knowledge of assessment for endurance, speed, power and strength. Develop the ability to apply theoretical understanding of performance analysis for individual and team sports in a variety of contexts (e.g. performance enhancement, performance preparation and injury prevention and rehabilitation). Develop critical thinking skills for data analysis and interpretation of results for practical programme implementation.
ST5060; Sports Science Research Methods; Spring teaching period. It is expected that students will have successfully completed Level 4 as a module pre-requisite.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to allow students to reflect on their chosen course. Students will select their project within the context of the course and possible future career. Students will consider and carry out the preparation necessary for a scientific dissertation proposal. In so doing, students will gain experience in devising dissertations by taking into account experimental design, feasibility in terms of costs and resources, and aspects of ethics and safety.
The ST5057 module explores a variety of theories drawn from the social sciences and encourages students to apply such thinking to contemporary issues in sport . The module examines variously; the history of sport, the globalisation of sport, the use of sport as a political tool, sport and nationalism, issues around gender and ethnicity and the controversies that surround both the delivery and practise of sport.
• The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
• This module introduces students to theories from the social sciences which are pertinent to contemporary issues in sport.
• It aims further to raise students’ awareness and enable informed engagement with a host of sporting contemporary issues.
• Students will be provided with an opportunity to be actively engaged in their learning through directed reading of such research and through weekly classroom discussion. From this they will develop a life-long analytical awareness to sports-related social science research.
• This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills that arise from being encouraged to take personal responsibility for earning and concomitantly learn the work-place imperative that is analytical thinking.
This module elaborates on the key theories in sport psychology, covering a wide range of sport psychology topics and the mental skills used within those topics. Psychological issues relating to individual behaviour patterns are favoured are studied in detail. The impact of psychological factors on both participation and performance are studied.
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. Students will focus on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting behaviour, whether it be in competition, training or general participation. The module aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. Most mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.
Assessment: Essay (001) (50%) + Case Study and Viva (002) (50%)
Year 3 modules include:
This module focuses on motion capture and movement analysis backed up by other biomechanical analysis techniques including electromyography and the use of force platforms. Students will be expected to perform a small group research project, presenting the results as a poster conference at the end of the semester. Reflective work throughout the module will allow the student to develop a greater understanding of, and employability possibilities within, biomechanical research. Students will be given the opportunity to research either a project of their choice of select from a given list of project titles.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to provide the student an opportunity to examine an area of biomechanics, focusing on motion analysis, in detail. Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on their chosen area of investigation. This module aims to prepare students for post-graduate study, and further research suitable for academic publication.
This module focuses on advanced theoretical aspects of coaching and its delivery that enable the full role of a practising coach to be explored.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. Building on the theory laid down in Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching this module will facilitate the development of practical coaching expertise. Theoretical aspects are based on the critical appraisal of advanced coaching related theory and research, and a range of current issues, and professional developments. The module promotes the refinement of advanced practical coaching skills. The module is designed to enhance students’ critical analysis and independence of thought regarding sports coaching and develop skills of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and social skills within the context of sports coaching.
This module focuses on the development of transferable skills, critical thinking and proficiency in data analysis and assimilation. The module will provide: in depth information on common hardware and software used in analysis of performance in sport (i.e. GPS, Opta). Develop the ability to implement appropriate analysis procedures for different contexts in sports performance environments (e.g. talent identification, team selection, training periodisation, rehabilitation). Critical analysis and assimilation of findings to support staff and athletes to affect change in programme design and implementation. Develop data assimilation techniques and develop critically evaluate key performance indicators for sports performance analysis. Provide information on data security, protection and ethical issues in sport. Critical review of contemporary issues in data analysis in sport (e.g. genetic profiling)
This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to encourage students to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by means of a specific investigation requiring significant research. During the course of the module they will develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic. The module gives students the opportunity to attain achievement of a high level of personal development by working independently with the minimum necessary supervision. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Formative feedback is provided on a weekly basis in the lecture/seminar sessions. These sessions are comprised of students working in similar areas of research which provides the opportunity for both peer and lecturer formative feedback. Students are supported by their supervisor with whom they are encouraged to facilitate regular contact. Students prepare interim reports, for which summative feedback is provided. Summative feedback is also provided on completion of the dissertation via assessment of the report, oral exam, and supervisors mark for process.
The research programme will be carried out in consultation with a supervisor who will normally be an academic staff member of the School of Human Sciences.
Module Title: Clinical Exercise Physiology
Description: This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases. It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.
Period: Spring semester (15 weeks), day
Required Prior Learning: ST5006
Assessment: Assessment: Seen written exam (100%)
This module explores contemporary theory in sport psychology and its relevance to the competitive sporting environment. Approaching from an applied perspective which relates to employability, important concepts are considered in terms of their potential impact on an athlete’s psychological state and therefore their engagement and performance.
The module aims to introduce students to the key real-life psychological demands associated with sports performance, in conjunction with coping mechanisms and solutions used to deal with those demands. In terms of employability, students will gain a critical insight into the applied practice of sport psychology and gain experiences of some of the key interpersonal skills that make an effective sport psychologist.
Assessment: Essay (001) (50%) + Seen Exam (002) (50%)
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Course leader for Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) and Sport and Exercise Performance Analysis BSc (Hons), Senior Lecturer
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