SP6002 - Sport and Exercise Placement

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be required to complete a minimum of 70 hours voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. 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. 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.

How will I learn on this module?

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn in two main ways on the module. You will have some lectures where key employability themes will be covered, and this will provide you with key information regarding the job application and interview process which will improve your real-world employability skills after graduation help. The primary method of learning however, will be from actively taking part in a minimum of 70 hours placement. This will be in a sports related field and will be at an agreed and approved organisation with a dedicated host individual identified to oversee your placement hours. This will enable you to put into practice the theory and understanding that you have gained in lectures and practicals in a university setting into the real-world in a working environment. You will cement this knowledge and learn employability skills and professional skills needed to work in a sporting environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module leader will be available for tutorials throughout the semester to answer any queries regarding the placement process. The module elp site is kept up to date with lecture slides and assessment information. There is a dedicated placement co-ordinator who liaises with the host to set-up the placement and helps advertise university organised placements on the eLP sports placement organisation site. You will be allocated a placement tutor who will be an experienced member of the sport science department staffing team and they will be available to ensure you provide a suitable personal development profile and will be the staff member assessing you for the job interview process. The careers service based in the library are also available for further information regarding employability and career options.

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:

1. gain knowledge and understanding of what employability is, and why this is important for graduates (KU 1)
2. gain knowledge and experience of the job application process and what skills are needed to enhance your job prospects (KU 2)

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

1. learn and adopt professional employability skills and put these into practice (IPSA1,2,3)
2. organise, manage and reflect on the placement process (IPSA 2)

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

1. work in a professional and ethical manner in a real world environment (PVA 1)

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for the module consists of:

1) Portfolio 1 - Personal Development Profile ((KU1, IPSA 2) (10%)
The personal development profile will be submitted by the student in advance of the placement commencing and will be agreed by the student, host and tutor/placement coordinator. The development profile will include a reflection on the student’s current skills using the career-edge development profile, which will lead into the placement details, job description and the identification of 4 skills linked to the profile weaknesses to which improve whilst on placement. The student will not be permitted to start the placement until the development profile has been submitted to their placement tutor.

2) Portfolio 2 – Job Application Process (45%) (KU2, IPSA 1, ISPA 2, PVA 1))
Students will also complete a job application process. There are 3 components to this piece of assessment, which takes place once the work placement has been completed.

Component one consists of a report from the host in which the student is assessed by the host on the transferable key skills and placement specific key competencies that were specified in the placement learning contract. The host will also sign a declaration that the required number of placement hours has been completed by the student.

Component two involves the student completing a letter of application (one page A4 single spaced) for a job. Students will be required to search online for a current sport specific job advert which is targeted towards a recent sport graduate. The student will print the advert out and submit it alongside a letter of application for the job. In the letter students will be required to reflect upon their placement experience and the way in which they applied their theoretical knowledge in a real world context. Students will have to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively in writing about how experiences gained during the placement, and theoretical knowledge that they used on their placement will contribute to their ability to do the job that they have applied for. For component three, students will provide a critical self-reflection on a set question which ask the students to critically reflect on the roles and skills learnt during their placement. The response will be a maximum of 750 words.

3) Portfolio 3 – Mock Job Interview (45%) (KU2)
Portfolio 3 is a mock job interview. Each student will undergo a 15 minute interview for the job that they have selected and applied for in portfolio 2, and will be assessed on their interview performance. In the interview students will be asked questions that require them to reflect on their placement experience, the theoretical knowledge that they applied whilst on placement, and the transferable key skills that they have developed, and to explain how the experience that they have gained on placement will help them to perform the specific job. Skills, knowledge and experience gained from their degree programme can also be used and assessed in answers





Module abstract

The module will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to put into practice the theories and skills that you have learnt in the classroom into a real-world sport science setting and to work alongside professionals and experts in the field to test out your knowledge and understanding. It is a great opportunity experience an area of potential employment which you might want to pursue as a career and to test your skills and abilities in the working environment. You can decide where to do your placement, within reason, so the module offers a wide range of career paths to explore. Opportunities include; performance analysis placements at local professional sports clubs, primary and secondary school PE departments, Team Northumbria sports placements, research associate positions and many more. You will learn “by doing” and will develop key employability and entrepreneurship skills which will enhance your CV and employability upon graduation to make you stand out from the rest.

Course info

UCAS Code CB64

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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