SP6003 - Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science

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What will I learn on this module?

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of human physiology, fundamentals of psychology and physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health, you will start to apply this to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. You will learn about the psychological and physiological issues associated with maturation and fundamental movement skills in the exercising child and adolescent. The psychological determinants of child and adolescent sport and physical activity participation will also be examined. Furthermore, you will explore multi-disciplinary approaches to develop an intervention strategy that addresses a contemporary issue within a paediatric population.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars/workshops and directed learning tasks. Lectures will provide a thorough grounding in theoretical principles relevant to the exercising child and adolescent. Seminars will be used to complement the lecture sessions and will aim to further the students’ critical awareness of psychological and physiological issues surrounding paediatric sport and exercise science. Laboratory practicals will contextualise lecture-based theory in an applied setting, and with your peers you will perform a variety of physiological tests appropriate for use with children and adolescents, thus providing you with vocational skills relevant to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. During laboratory practicals you will work in Northumbria’s BASES accredited laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest industry equipment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support lectures (but not necessarily seminars or laboratory practicals) will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, however if you have any question or queries about the module content, all staff members provide 4 hours of tutorial support per week. Tutors can be accessed via email, or using the online booking system which can be accessed via your mobile phone or computer. Typically, Module Leaders and Tutors will also support you with regards to the assessment requirements via online staff-student discussion boards on the eLP.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. demonstrate your ability to assess young people’s maturation status and to select appropriate physical activities for them;
2. critically develop a multi-disciplinary (physiological; psychological) intervention strategy that addresses a contemporary issue within a paediatric population.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. convey evidence-based paediatric sport and exercise science knowledge to a range of audiences (academics; young people; external client groups).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. demonstrate and maintain high standards of conduct, performance, ethics and professional practice when working with young people and external client groups.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Strategy
There are two assessment components for this module:

Video Assessment (Individual submission, 50%);
(MLOs KU 1, IPSA 1, PVA 1)

Video Assessment (15 mins): You will be asked to calculate the maturation status of a child from data provided. You will then create a video in which you will convey physical activities appropriate for that child and discuss your choices in relation to appropriate literature.

Enterprise pitch (Paired, 50%);
(MLOs KU 2, IPSA 1, PVA 1)

In pairs, you will prepare a 15-minute ‘pitch’ that will include an interactive activity. You will pitch a novel and innovative multidisciplinary intervention strategy aimed at addressing a contemporary issue within a paediatric population. The strategy must be supported (using evidence-based literature) with appropriate reference to psychological determinants of sport or exercise participation, along with physiological and/or nutritional factors. The assessment should demonstrate how your intervention strategy would work in a ‘real-world’ context. In order to assess teamwork, you and your partner will submit a proforma which will incur up to a 10% penalty of the component mark if not submitted on time and/or to the required standard.

Formative Feedback
Video assessment: You will receive interactive support prior to submission, whereby tutors will provide guidance on assessing the maturation status of children. You will also be given the opportunity to practice conveying information relevant to your video.

Following the video assessment students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during their seminar session using guided reflection. They will be given the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on their experiences with the tutor and their peers.

Dragons’ Den: You will receive formative feedback on your presentation style during seminar sessions and tutors will be available in-class, for support with the formal pitches.


Summative Feedback
You will receive individual electronic feedback on your video and Dragons Den pitch. Furthermore, for all assessment components, generic feedback will be provided and posted on the eLP.

Pre-requisite(s)

SP0407 Fundamentals of Human Physiology;
SP0471 Fundamentals of Psychology;
SP5005 Physiological Assessment in Sport, Exercise and Health

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Paediatric sport and exercise science will give you an insight into the psychological and physiological issues surrounding paediatric sport and exercise science. You will conduct practical laboratory sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills.

One aspect of the assessment strategy for the ‘Paediatric sport and exercise science’ module requires you to create a video in which you will convey how a child should complete appropriate physical activities. Given the development of such ‘real-world’ employability skills, with communication being a key consideration in working with young people and the ability to create video content being of increasing importance in sport and exercise contexts, this module will prepare you for graduate employment opportunities working with exercising children and adolescents.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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