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This course will offer you a thorough and scientific understanding of sport, exercise and nutrition.

Interested in how nutritional advice can be used to optimise sport performance? Aspire to help individuals who exercise for recreational purposes to lose weight? Or make your mark by tackling health challenges such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes by supporting individuals with optimal dietary habits?

Our Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (i2i) course will provide a practical, 'real-world', multi and inter-disciplinary emphasis on the latest developments in sport, exercise and health nutrition. You will learn about the inter-play between psychology, physiology and nutrition to support individuals to perform at their best whether their goal is to excel in sport, or their aim is to exercise for health benefits.

At Northumbria we also provide you with the opportunity to study out of discipline modules with an emphasis on sport management and sport coaching, so if you have an entrepreneurial streak or are interested in teaching following graduation, this is the course for you. With access to a sports laboratory and testing equipment in our specialist sport and teaching facility and a bespoke nutrition kitchen, this is a course that combines practical hands-on training with the latest contemporary research in the field of sport and exercise nutrition to set you up for a career in this area.

The scientific content of the curriculum is aligned with the scientific knowledge requirements and competencies detailed in the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and during your studies you’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate existing theory and practice as well as carry out your own independent research.

84% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (NSS, 2019)

This course will offer you a thorough and scientific understanding of sport, exercise and nutrition.

Interested in how nutritional advice can be used to optimise sport performance? Aspire to help individuals who exercise for recreational purposes to lose weight? Or make your mark by tackling health challenges such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes by supporting individuals with optimal dietary habits?

Our Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (i2i) course will provide a practical, 'real-world', multi and inter-disciplinary emphasis on the latest developments in sport, exercise and health nutrition. You will learn about the inter-play between psychology, physiology and nutrition to support individuals to perform at their best whether their goal is to excel in sport, or their aim is to exercise for health benefits.

At Northumbria we also provide you with the opportunity to study out of discipline modules with an emphasis on sport management and sport coaching, so if you have an entrepreneurial streak or are interested in teaching following graduation, this is the course for you. With access to a sports laboratory and testing equipment in our specialist sport and teaching facility and a bespoke nutrition kitchen, this is a course that combines practical hands-on training with the latest contemporary research in the field of sport and exercise nutrition to set you up for a career in this area.

The scientific content of the curriculum is aligned with the scientific knowledge requirements and competencies detailed in the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and during your studies you’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate existing theory and practice as well as carry out your own independent research.

84% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (NSS, 2019)

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Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years Full Time

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2022

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Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £28,250

* This is the tuition fee for 2021/22 entry, and the maximum permitted to charge UK students as per Government Regulations. Government are yet to announce 2022/23 fees, if there is a change fees will be adjusted accordingly.


EU Fee in Year 1: £31,500

International Fee in Year 1: £31,500


For 22/23 scholarship information, please see the main Funding Pages.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There is a second-year core professional development and practice module and an optional third year continual professional development module that you may choose to participate in, these may incur additional costs. For continual professional development modules, if students choose to travel further than Newcastle for placement/volunteering/continual professional development, then they will bear these travel costs: however, all activities can be completed in Newcastle, costs can vary between approximately £25-£800 per module. In addition, students may choose to undertake additional qualifications, for example coaching qualifications, ISAK course, etc. which can vary between approximately £200 and £700.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0409 -

Fundamental Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn some of the fundamental principles in the field of human nutrition such as the biochemistry, physiology, structure and function of macro and micronutrients. The focus of lectures will also be on the discussion of diet and the maintenance of optimum health. Examples and consequences of nutrient deficiencies and excesses, and the contribution of diet and lifestyle to the establishment of disease, will also be discussed. Another aspect of the module will explore nutritional methods used in a public health context including dietary assessment, dietary surveying as well as crucial concepts in nutritional studies (ie Eatwell Plate and portion sizes). Dietary reference values will also be introduced.

You will discuss comparisons of typical British diets with some important UK-ethnic diets and discuss the role of culture, education and personal preference on eating behaviour, including dysfunctional behaviour in the case of eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa).
During practical work you will look at the analytical methods used to identify and quantify nutrients present in foods, providing a link to the understanding of food nutritional labelling. Another practical component will introduce you to basic techniques in anthropometric measurements, and include calculations of body mass index and body composition indexes, and the discussion of their use and limitations for the assessment of human health status.

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JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP0468 -

Energetics of Exercise (Core,20 Credits)

The human body is made up of thousands of chemicals, continuously interacting to sustain life. Chemical reactions underlie all physiological processes, including how your muscles contract, your heart beats and your cells liberate energy from the food you eat. In “Energetics of Exercise” you will study the basic principles of biochemistry that support life and help us understand how your body responds to, and fuels, exercise. You will study the basic principles that underpin the liberation of energy for exercise, how protein, fats and carbohydrates contribute to fuel energy supply and how energy provision differs during exercise lasting from 1 sec to several hours, from the weightlifter to the endurance athlete.

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SP0470 -

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for later modules on energetics and exercise physiology. In this module you will learn about the structure and way in which the different physiological systems of the body work. In addition, you will learn about how these systems are controlled both at rest and during exercise. The control of these systems is important for later modules which examine the limits to how the body works which could be during disease as well as exercise. The major physiological systems to be examined will be the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic, muscular and nervous systems.

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SP0471 -

Fundamentals of Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will acquire the underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental psychological principles and theories. You will be introduced to key concepts and approaches in psychology that have relevance to sport, exercise and health contexts. You will compare, contrast and integrate a range of different psychological perspectives that can be used to understand and explain human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to study the biological basis of behaviour, learn about how humans think perceive and remember, understand the cognitive processes instrumental in motor development, gain an insight into the nature of social interaction and group processes and study individual differences in personality and behaviour.

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SP0472 -

Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a systematic process of answering questions about sport and exercise science and the value of this process in the study of sport and exercise science.You will learn how to identify, justify and pursue a proposed question / problem within the sport and exercise science sub disciplines. You will also learn basic techniques of collecting and handling / analysing data produced from experiments in sport and exercise science.

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SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

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AP0521 -

Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces the concepts of nutrition as applied to stages of life, from infancy to old age and investigates diet-related health conditions. You will draw on your existing knowledge of dietary reference values and guidelines and explore the different requirements and reasons for these, in different stages of life and states of health. You will also learn the theories of behaviour change so that you understand the ways in which health professionals can plan behaviour change interventions and support populations to make heathier choices.
Topics covered in this module include:
Principles of nutrition and dietetics:
Health promotion theory and practice,
Planning and constructing interventions
Energy balance and energy expenditure calculations.
Under and over nutrition:
Nutritional significance and requirements for nutrients through the lifecycle.
Diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Diabetes mellitus, Cancer and dietary factors

More information

SP5000 -

Continuing Professional Development in Sports Science (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is career specific learning within a sport and exercise context. This module builds upon the career development learning you completed at L4 and prepares you for the work placement module at L6. Employers are looking for graduates who are creative, self-motivated, able to problem solve, and able to work both independently and collaboratively. It is those highly valued personal and professional attributes that you will develop on this module.

Delivered in conjunction with employers, this module takes an innovative, ‘problem-based learning approach’ to teaching, moving away from traditional, lecture-seminar approaches and towards a more independent style of learning. This module will require you to undertake your own personally tailored CPD and to engage with real (either live or previous examples) of sport and exercise related ‘problem briefs’ from real employers working in the field of sport and exercise. Working as part of a team you will engage with employers to develop innovative, but viable, solutions to employer generated problems. You will learn how to plan and manage projects and teams, how to engage in creative problem solving, how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and how to communicate effectively with clients. By the end of the module you will submit your final solutions in the form of a presentation and each group member will have identified their own personal strengths and how they have contributed to the team. The module will end with groups presenting their ideas to employers. Running alongside the development of your project proposal, you will design and engage with your own personal CPD plan to develop your personal employability skills.

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SP5005 -

Physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of running a wide variety of physiological assessments ranging from working with clinical populations with limited exercise capability through to elite athletes and sportspersons.

At the end of the module successful students should be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the limitations of a variety of physiological tests;
3. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of exercise physiology tests;
4. Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

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SP5007 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for planning and carrying out an independent research project in sport and exercise science. The module will be structured in two blocks. Block one (weeks 1-6) will address different types of research design, their strengths and weaknesses and the associated analyses appropriate to those designs. Workshop sessions will cover how to carry out data analysis techniques in specialist software and how to present the results of these analyses according to convention. The topics that you will cover will include:
- Statistical assumptions and transforming data
- Correlation, regression, and multiple regression
- Between-group differences
- Power and sample size estimation
- Within-group differences
- Factorial designs
- Qualitative techniques
- Validity and reproducibility

Block two of the module (weeks 8-12) will be given to the design and completion of student-led, small-group research projects addressing given questions. In this block you will experience the research process first hand and undertake the design, conduct, analysis, and presentation of your research in the form of an individually-produced experimental report. This will include:

Identifying the rationale for your given research question from academic literature
- Choosing and describing an appropriate design for the research question
- Correctly applying and interpreting data analysis appropriate to the reseach question
- Presenting research-related activity in accordance with accepted convention
- Understanding ethical issues that apply to your research in sport and exercise sciences

In addition, the module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour whilst considering and evaluating the limitations of data collection and data analysis methods.

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SP5008 -

Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and exercise nutritionists are required to work with clients in real world setting to evaluate dietary habits, physical activity behaviours and the impact these factors have on health status. The ‘Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists’ module will expose you to different assessment methods which are available to sport and exercise nutritionists to explore body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure of clients in real-world settings. At the start of the module, tutors will facilitate the development of such key competencies, then you will be required to independently develop these skills by applying and interpreting the outcomes of a range of body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure assessment strategies in a real-world sport, exercise and nutrition context.

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SP5009 -

Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of bioenergetics of exercise, human and exercise physiology, you will apply this to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. You will apply theoretical principles of nutrition to the sport and exercise domain. Your enthusiasm for sport and exercise nutrition will be developed through the study of contemporary practice and up to date scientific concepts. You will learn about contemporary issues within sport and exercise nutrition, to include: energy requirements of athletes, pre-, during and post-exercise nutritional strategies, hydration issues, special populations, and contemporary dietary issues.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SP6001 -

Health promotion and clinical issues (Optional,20 Credits)

This module takes a multidisciplinary approach to health; combining physiological, biomechanical and psychological perspectives in order to provide you with a full understanding of health, in both general and clinical populations. The real world application and industry relevance is a highlight of this module which should appeal to those students interested in working in a health based profession. The first part of the module focuses on clinical issues, providing you with understanding of how a particular condition develops. The part of the module also provides you with an understanding of the role of reducing sedentary activity, increasing physical activity and exercise and nutrition in relation to health in clinical populations. This part of the module will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical assessmentskills. The latter half of the module focuses on health promotion, aiming to give you an understanding of the psychology behind behaviour change, and how psychology can be used to design and implement effective health promotion strategies and initiatives.
During the module, you will cover a range of topics from the following:
• Aetiology of chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental health conditions.
• Rehabilitation and coping strategies for chronic conditions.
• Prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders by reducing sedentary time/increasing physical activity.
• Reducing sedentary time/increasing physical activity as an intervention strategy for general mental health and in the treatment of specific mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
• Current health promotion strategies and initiatives.
• Behaviour change models such as the Transtheoretical Model, Health Belief Model and Theory of Planned Behaviour.

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SP6002 -

Sport and Exercise Placement (Core,20 Credits)

You will be required to accrue points to complete a record of professional development, which must include an element of voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. For external placements you will be required to liaise with a host at the organisation to agree on a job role and plan your placement content and hours. You will learn how to work in a professional manner in a real world environment. You will learn how to put into practice the theory and concepts that you have learnt in the classroom. You will learn and gain experience of working in a sporting environment in a career path which you find engaging and stimulating. Other qualifying activities for your record of professional development, such as relevant course attendance, will be outlined in your assessment brief at the start of the module. Key employability skills will be discussed and the process of applying for a graduate job, attending a job interview and reflecting on your own performance will all be covered. The importance of the careers service will be highlighted and the emphasis will be on student-led learning and organisation during the placement process.

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SP6003 -

Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply knowledge of human physiology, psychology and sport/physical activity-related assessment processes to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. You will learn about the psychological and physiological issues associated with maturation 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.

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SP6004 -

Physiological basis of training and performance (Optional,20 Credits)

This module covers the prescription of exercise to improve sport specific fitness and sporting performance. The focus of this module is on evidence based practice. Throughout the module you will investigate the most appropriate method(s) of training to enhance a range of components of fitness. To do this, you will be required to gather and evaluate the scientific literature that exists for different components of fitness. Furthermore, you will be required to explained the physiological adaptations that arise from different training methods and the causal mechanism improving performance arising from the identified adaptations. In addition to the critical understanding of physiological adaptations, you will examine the principles of training programme design and factors that influence training programmes.

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SP6006 -

Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of interest to you in sport and exercise science. You will use the knowledge and skills developed by the two prerequisite modules in sport and exercise science (Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science and Research Design and Analysis) or the prerequisite module in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Research Methods) to inform your independent piece of individual research.

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SP6034 -

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

‘Contemporary issues in sport and exercise nutrition’ will challenge your current beliefs surrounding existing sport, exercise and health nutrition advice. Each week you will study a different contemporary issue relating to the field of sport and/or exercise/health nutrition. You will be exposed to the underpinning scientific concepts relating to each contemporary issue, then challenged to question current dietary advice and thus devise your own dietary recommendations. On this module you will learn that the discipline of sport and exercise nutrition is saturated with advice that often has no scientific underpinning. Therefore, as final year sport, exercise and nutrition students, you will further develop your critical evaluation and questioning skills that will be invaluable to you when applying to work in the field of sport, exercise and nutrition upon graduation.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0409 -

Fundamental Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn some of the fundamental principles in the field of human nutrition such as the biochemistry, physiology, structure and function of macro and micronutrients. The focus of lectures will also be on the discussion of diet and the maintenance of optimum health. Examples and consequences of nutrient deficiencies and excesses, and the contribution of diet and lifestyle to the establishment of disease, will also be discussed. Another aspect of the module will explore nutritional methods used in a public health context including dietary assessment, dietary surveying as well as crucial concepts in nutritional studies (ie Eatwell Plate and portion sizes). Dietary reference values will also be introduced.

You will discuss comparisons of typical British diets with some important UK-ethnic diets and discuss the role of culture, education and personal preference on eating behaviour, including dysfunctional behaviour in the case of eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia nervosa).
During practical work you will look at the analytical methods used to identify and quantify nutrients present in foods, providing a link to the understanding of food nutritional labelling. Another practical component will introduce you to basic techniques in anthropometric measurements, and include calculations of body mass index and body composition indexes, and the discussion of their use and limitations for the assessment of human health status.

More information

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

SP0468 -

Energetics of Exercise (Core,20 Credits)

The human body is made up of thousands of chemicals, continuously interacting to sustain life. Chemical reactions underlie all physiological processes, including how your muscles contract, your heart beats and your cells liberate energy from the food you eat. In “Energetics of Exercise” you will study the basic principles of biochemistry that support life and help us understand how your body responds to, and fuels, exercise. You will study the basic principles that underpin the liberation of energy for exercise, how protein, fats and carbohydrates contribute to fuel energy supply and how energy provision differs during exercise lasting from 1 sec to several hours, from the weightlifter to the endurance athlete.

More information

SP0470 -

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for later modules on energetics and exercise physiology. In this module you will learn about the structure and way in which the different physiological systems of the body work. In addition, you will learn about how these systems are controlled both at rest and during exercise. The control of these systems is important for later modules which examine the limits to how the body works which could be during disease as well as exercise. The major physiological systems to be examined will be the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic, muscular and nervous systems.

More information

SP0471 -

Fundamentals of Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will acquire the underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental psychological principles and theories. You will be introduced to key concepts and approaches in psychology that have relevance to sport, exercise and health contexts. You will compare, contrast and integrate a range of different psychological perspectives that can be used to understand and explain human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to study the biological basis of behaviour, learn about how humans think perceive and remember, understand the cognitive processes instrumental in motor development, gain an insight into the nature of social interaction and group processes and study individual differences in personality and behaviour.

More information

SP0472 -

Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn a systematic process of answering questions about sport and exercise science and the value of this process in the study of sport and exercise science.You will learn how to identify, justify and pursue a proposed question / problem within the sport and exercise science sub disciplines. You will also learn basic techniques of collecting and handling / analysing data produced from experiments in sport and exercise science.

More information

SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

More information

AP0521 -

Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces the concepts of nutrition as applied to stages of life, from infancy to old age and investigates diet-related health conditions. You will draw on your existing knowledge of dietary reference values and guidelines and explore the different requirements and reasons for these, in different stages of life and states of health. You will also learn the theories of behaviour change so that you understand the ways in which health professionals can plan behaviour change interventions and support populations to make heathier choices.
Topics covered in this module include:
Principles of nutrition and dietetics:
Health promotion theory and practice,
Planning and constructing interventions
Energy balance and energy expenditure calculations.
Under and over nutrition:
Nutritional significance and requirements for nutrients through the lifecycle.
Diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Diabetes mellitus, Cancer and dietary factors

More information

SP5000 -

Continuing Professional Development in Sports Science (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is career specific learning within a sport and exercise context. This module builds upon the career development learning you completed at L4 and prepares you for the work placement module at L6. Employers are looking for graduates who are creative, self-motivated, able to problem solve, and able to work both independently and collaboratively. It is those highly valued personal and professional attributes that you will develop on this module.

Delivered in conjunction with employers, this module takes an innovative, ‘problem-based learning approach’ to teaching, moving away from traditional, lecture-seminar approaches and towards a more independent style of learning. This module will require you to undertake your own personally tailored CPD and to engage with real (either live or previous examples) of sport and exercise related ‘problem briefs’ from real employers working in the field of sport and exercise. Working as part of a team you will engage with employers to develop innovative, but viable, solutions to employer generated problems. You will learn how to plan and manage projects and teams, how to engage in creative problem solving, how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and how to communicate effectively with clients. By the end of the module you will submit your final solutions in the form of a presentation and each group member will have identified their own personal strengths and how they have contributed to the team. The module will end with groups presenting their ideas to employers. Running alongside the development of your project proposal, you will design and engage with your own personal CPD plan to develop your personal employability skills.

More information

SP5005 -

Physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of running a wide variety of physiological assessments ranging from working with clinical populations with limited exercise capability through to elite athletes and sportspersons.

At the end of the module successful students should be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the limitations of a variety of physiological tests;
3. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of exercise physiology tests;
4. Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

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SP5007 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for planning and carrying out an independent research project in sport and exercise science. The module will be structured in two blocks. Block one (weeks 1-6) will address different types of research design, their strengths and weaknesses and the associated analyses appropriate to those designs. Workshop sessions will cover how to carry out data analysis techniques in specialist software and how to present the results of these analyses according to convention. The topics that you will cover will include:
- Statistical assumptions and transforming data
- Correlation, regression, and multiple regression
- Between-group differences
- Power and sample size estimation
- Within-group differences
- Factorial designs
- Qualitative techniques
- Validity and reproducibility

Block two of the module (weeks 8-12) will be given to the design and completion of student-led, small-group research projects addressing given questions. In this block you will experience the research process first hand and undertake the design, conduct, analysis, and presentation of your research in the form of an individually-produced experimental report. This will include:

Identifying the rationale for your given research question from academic literature
- Choosing and describing an appropriate design for the research question
- Correctly applying and interpreting data analysis appropriate to the reseach question
- Presenting research-related activity in accordance with accepted convention
- Understanding ethical issues that apply to your research in sport and exercise sciences

In addition, the module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour whilst considering and evaluating the limitations of data collection and data analysis methods.

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SP5008 -

Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and exercise nutritionists are required to work with clients in real world setting to evaluate dietary habits, physical activity behaviours and the impact these factors have on health status. The ‘Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists’ module will expose you to different assessment methods which are available to sport and exercise nutritionists to explore body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure of clients in real-world settings. At the start of the module, tutors will facilitate the development of such key competencies, then you will be required to independently develop these skills by applying and interpreting the outcomes of a range of body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure assessment strategies in a real-world sport, exercise and nutrition context.

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SP5009 -

Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of bioenergetics of exercise, human and exercise physiology, you will apply this to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. You will apply theoretical principles of nutrition to the sport and exercise domain. Your enthusiasm for sport and exercise nutrition will be developed through the study of contemporary practice and up to date scientific concepts. You will learn about contemporary issues within sport and exercise nutrition, to include: energy requirements of athletes, pre-, during and post-exercise nutritional strategies, hydration issues, special populations, and contemporary dietary issues.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SP6001 -

Health promotion and clinical issues (Optional,20 Credits)

This module takes a multidisciplinary approach to health; combining physiological, biomechanical and psychological perspectives in order to provide you with a full understanding of health, in both general and clinical populations. The real world application and industry relevance is a highlight of this module which should appeal to those students interested in working in a health based profession. The first part of the module focuses on clinical issues, providing you with understanding of how a particular condition develops. The part of the module also provides you with an understanding of the role of reducing sedentary activity, increasing physical activity and exercise and nutrition in relation to health in clinical populations. This part of the module will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical assessmentskills. The latter half of the module focuses on health promotion, aiming to give you an understanding of the psychology behind behaviour change, and how psychology can be used to design and implement effective health promotion strategies and initiatives.
During the module, you will cover a range of topics from the following:
• Aetiology of chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental health conditions.
• Rehabilitation and coping strategies for chronic conditions.
• Prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders by reducing sedentary time/increasing physical activity.
• Reducing sedentary time/increasing physical activity as an intervention strategy for general mental health and in the treatment of specific mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
• Current health promotion strategies and initiatives.
• Behaviour change models such as the Transtheoretical Model, Health Belief Model and Theory of Planned Behaviour.

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SP6002 -

Sport and Exercise Placement (Core,20 Credits)

You will be required to accrue points to complete a record of professional development, which must include an element of voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. For external placements you will be required to liaise with a host at the organisation to agree on a job role and plan your placement content and hours. You will learn how to work in a professional manner in a real world environment. You will learn how to put into practice the theory and concepts that you have learnt in the classroom. You will learn and gain experience of working in a sporting environment in a career path which you find engaging and stimulating. Other qualifying activities for your record of professional development, such as relevant course attendance, will be outlined in your assessment brief at the start of the module. Key employability skills will be discussed and the process of applying for a graduate job, attending a job interview and reflecting on your own performance will all be covered. The importance of the careers service will be highlighted and the emphasis will be on student-led learning and organisation during the placement process.

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SP6003 -

Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply knowledge of human physiology, psychology and sport/physical activity-related assessment processes to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. You will learn about the psychological and physiological issues associated with maturation 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.

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SP6004 -

Physiological basis of training and performance (Optional,20 Credits)

This module covers the prescription of exercise to improve sport specific fitness and sporting performance. The focus of this module is on evidence based practice. Throughout the module you will investigate the most appropriate method(s) of training to enhance a range of components of fitness. To do this, you will be required to gather and evaluate the scientific literature that exists for different components of fitness. Furthermore, you will be required to explained the physiological adaptations that arise from different training methods and the causal mechanism improving performance arising from the identified adaptations. In addition to the critical understanding of physiological adaptations, you will examine the principles of training programme design and factors that influence training programmes.

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SP6006 -

Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of interest to you in sport and exercise science. You will use the knowledge and skills developed by the two prerequisite modules in sport and exercise science (Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science and Research Design and Analysis) or the prerequisite module in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Research Methods) to inform your independent piece of individual research.

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Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Core,20 Credits)

‘Contemporary issues in sport and exercise nutrition’ will challenge your current beliefs surrounding existing sport, exercise and health nutrition advice. Each week you will study a different contemporary issue relating to the field of sport and/or exercise/health nutrition. You will be exposed to the underpinning scientific concepts relating to each contemporary issue, then challenged to question current dietary advice and thus devise your own dietary recommendations. On this module you will learn that the discipline of sport and exercise nutrition is saturated with advice that often has no scientific underpinning. Therefore, as final year sport, exercise and nutrition students, you will further develop your critical evaluation and questioning skills that will be invaluable to you when applying to work in the field of sport, exercise and nutrition upon graduation.

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