SP3000 - Essential Skills for Studying Sport

What will I learn on this module?

This module will aim to introduce you to the importance of personal and academic development skills that are essential for your programme of study. The skills developed in this module will help you to succeed in all modules on the programme. Topics such as searching for and understanding literature, learning how to be an independent student, essay writing, referencing, and presentation skills will be covered.
For assessment, you will complete a workbook, across the semester and submit this at the end of the teaching block. The workbook will be aligned to seminar and lecture activities. You will complete tasks linked to study skills that will facilitate your personal and academic development. The workbook also includes an extended writing task based on one sport related topic/issue that will be proposed by the module tutor. You will be expected to draw upon current theory and consider the impact of this issue within a sport context.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars (small group sessions), tutor guided independent learning and independent learning. The module has a weekly one-hour lecture which will consider the key essential skills for academic success. There will also be one two-hour seminar per week which will consist of group tasks, communication and interpersonal skills which will allow you to reflect on the lecture content. The seminars will consist largely of self-directed activities whereby key skills, such as searching for and understanding literature, will be explored and practiced.
The online Blackboard system provides a vital e-learning platform to support the work you will be undertaking in the lectures and seminars as it will contain lecture and seminar content, as well as additional exercises that will allow you to work independently.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module teaching team will provide you with the necessary support in lectures, seminars and regular personal tutorials. You will have access to teaching and learning materials on the ELP to help you prepare and reflect on sessions. The ELP also contains reading lists and discussions boards where you can ask questions and discuss weekly topics.
Staff are available outside of formal teaching sessions for one-to-one support. Their details can be accessed via the ELP.

The seminars will provide you with weekly opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on your progress and understanding. You will be able to engage in small group discussions with peers and you will be able to ask questions regarding the assessment during this time. Formative assessment may take place in the form of writing practice, mock presentation. Workbook progress will be checked and supported during seminars.

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?

By the end of this module you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
LO1 –Understand and develop key academic skills

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
LO2 –Effectively organise and write academic reports
LO3 –Apply key personal and academic skills to sport contexts

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
LO4 – Recognise the importance of reflective practice in the process of personal development

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by an independent workbook (100% LO1-4), which contains key tasks related to weekly lecture and seminar topics, this will include a writing task
based around a key topic/issue in sport.

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided to practice report writing skills and content, as well as presentation skills. Workbook progress will be checked during seminars.

The feedback on the final assessments will be provided through assessment rubric with a key strength and weakness highlighted in summary text on the ELP site blackboard.





Module abstract

We want you to be a successful student, and this module will equip you with the skills required to achieve success. Within the module, you will develop your personal and academic skills to support your studies. As such, what you learn in this module can be applied to all other modules you study. You will develop the skills needed to help you organise and present your work. We will also help you to explore sources if information and guide you in considering how to interpret and display this. As with other modules on this Foundation year, this module will support you in understanding how to reflect on yourself in order to develop your abilities as a sport student.

Course info

UCAS Code C6N9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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