SP0477 - Professional Skills for Sport

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional (career development and planning, time management) skills. Specifically in regards to the content covered within ‘Professional Skills for Sport’, the academic skills will be based on the standards currently stipulated and used at Northumbria University. You will also demonstrate a theoretical understanding and gain the ability to reflect on those personal skills learned and covered through the module in both from an individual and team/group perspective. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of how to plan for a career within the sports industry through the use of the academic and personal skills covered in addition to information currently utilised in the external working environment for gaining and retaining employment.

How will I learn on this module?

You will develop knowledge and skills which will allow them to be successful during their university time and professional careers through the combination of lectures, seminar activities and practical workshops. Taught content will be a mix between tutor- and student-led with an emphasis on your understanding and gaining skills and knowledge through the use of formative assessments. Content covered will also be complimented with the inclusion of appearances and formal lessons with external, industry professionals from a range of sports/development/management organisations. Across the course of the module you will complete a workbook will enable you to develop a piece of work which develops your skills acorss a range of areas relating to academic and personal development which can then be transferred into following modules acorss your degree and career. This will include topics such as academic writing and presenting, personal branding, use of computer software, teamwork, professional development and use of social media.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All members of staff involved with SP0477 be available for individualised, pre-booked meetings at specified times. During these meetings you will have the opportunity to gain support for (but not limited to) module content, feedback relating to formative and summative assessments as well as general enquiries and issues specific to SP0477.

Additionally you will have access to a Discussion Board (found on the eLP for this module) where enquiries and issues relating to the module can be raised with module staff and student peers providing the necessary support across a general forum.

You will also have access to Skills Plus which is is a self-directed course offered by the Library at Northumbria University designed to help students improve learning skills and find good quality information for your assignments, projects and other academic and professional tasks.

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:
1. You will demonstrate an understanding of the current practices used within the academic environment which can be transferred and used within professional sporting industry

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will develop skills on how to critically think and write for academic tasks in addition to developing their presentation and studying skills
3. You will develop their ability to apply key personal skills such as communication and team work, required for employment within the sports industry

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will be able to contribute practically to team working and leadership within a teambuilding environment
5. You will be able to recognise the importance of using feedback or reflective planning to the process of personal development

How will I be assessed?

1. Summative Assessment:

a. Group Presentation (15 mins) where small groups will present on a topic of their choice from the material covered across the module. This presentation will have an emphasis on presentation skills and the ability to complete effective groupwork.
This will also require students to reflect on their experience as working as a part of a group to achieve a common goal (MLO 2, 3, 4, 5)

b. Essay (1000 words) on a current issue relevant to the programme students are taking with an emphasis on academic/critical thinking and writing ability. Students will submit an initial essay (Part 1) which utilised guidance from tutors before submission. Students must then submit a second and final essay (Part 2) on the same topic but include changes based on feedback provided based on the initial submission (MLO 1, 2, 5)

2. Formative Assessment: Across the semester you will complete workbook which will develop your academic and personal knowledge and skills. This will include topics based around academic writing, presentatioons, personal braning and professional development. Also depending on the programme this would include (but not limited to) the completion of first aid, Disclousure and Barring Service check, and safeguarding with children.

In addition to this you will complete work during taught and independent learning session which will include academic writing tasks, leadership and team work practically-based sessions with peers and professional development planning.

You will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting the student/s in their completion of the formative assessments.





Module abstract

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to sport graduates. The content learned will be a mix between tutor- and student-led an emphasis on understanding and gaining skills and knowledge through the use of more formative work. The content will be delivered by a range of staff which will include both academic and external, industry professionals from a range of sports/development/management organisations. By the end of this module you will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful during university as well as transfer these skills and knowledge into a professional sporting industry, as well as aide in your own personal development.

Course info

UCAS Code CX61

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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