SP0734 - Contemporary Issues and Professional Practise

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What will I learn on this module?

In “Contemporary Issues and Professional Practice” you will critically analyse and debate a range of current “hot topics” in strength and conditioning to develop your critical awareness of how evidence can be applied to practice, and equip you to face the real-world challenges a strength and conditioning practitioner will face in the industry. Concurrent to this you will engage with the professional domain of strength and conditioning to contextualize and understand the role of the strength and conditioning practitioner in different employment contexts, and enable your employability skills with the aim of preparing you for the challenge of achieving employment in the field.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will take a problem-based learning approach to answering questions in strength and conditioning. You will decide on the questions you wish to pursue and will answer them in collaboration with your peers. You will be encouraged to take ownership of your own learning, preparing you for your career beyond academia where you will be required to work as an individual and in teams to ask and answer questions pertaining to the athletic development process. Concurrent to this you will study material around the professional domain of strength and conditioning, and the employability skills required of a successful graduate in strength and conditioning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team will provide support in the initial stages of asking and answering questions. The tutor will provide initial readings and other materials (podcasts, blogs, industry contacts, online lecture materials) to aid the initial attempts at engaging with the question/topic under study. Classroom based sessions, incorporating small-group discussions in a “journal club” style environment will be utilized to discuss the material under study and resolve any difficulties in understanding. The tutor will also provide further reading and additional questioning to help guide you towards resolution of the problem under study. A bespoke online learning space will be set up for sharing of resources and discussion of material outside of formal teaching time. Formative feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis in classroom and practical sessions by module tutors. Dedicated assessment support sessions will be scheduled to prepare you for the assessment 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:
• You will critically apply scientific knowledge in real-world contexts and self-reflect on your philosophy of practise and your ethical responsibilities as a strength and conditioning practitioner
• You will demonstrate and critically evaluate an evidence-based approach to performance and/or health enhancement in a real-world context

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will apply the skills of a scientist to your strength and conditioning practise to effectively gather, analyse, interpret and present data

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will demonstrate a critical, questioning and independent approach to your own practise
• You will use critical self-reflection to analyse and communicate your own philosophy of practise, and your effectiveness as a strength and conditioning practitioner

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through one piece of work as follows:

Presentation (20 min) and job interview (40 min)

As part of a “mock” job interview process you will be required to present on a specific title relating to an element of strength and conditioning practice, and then answer questions in a job interview scenario relevant to a specific strength and conditioning role.

The presentation will challenge you to resolve a contemporary issue facing strength and conditioning coaches, and will afford you the opportunity to highlight your approach to athletic performance enhancement and your suitability for the role being applied for. In addition to critically analyzing the question under study, you should take the opportunity within this presentation to detail your approach to strength and conditioning activities by drawing on your own experiences and achievements, as would be expected in a job interview scenario. Following the presentation you will then undertake a job interview with questions that will critically probe the information provided in your presentation, your philosophy of support, your suitability for the job role and your knowledge of strength and conditioning in both academic and applied contexts.

Formative assessment will be on-going throughout the module. The problem-based learning approach encourages active learning and engagement with the topics under study. The lecturers role is one of facilitator, with feedback given regularly on the success or otherwise of your interaction with the discipline under study, both on an individual and group basis. Written summative feedback will be provided. Both generic (posted to the e-learning portal) and individual summative feedback will be provided on the assessment component.





Module abstract

On “Contemporary Issues and Professional Practice” you will study a range of contemporary “hot topics” in strength and conditioning of your own choice to answer real-world questions faced by practitioners, with the aim to develop your critical awareness of applying evidence to practice and increase your employability as a masters graduate in strength and conditioning.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years, part-time
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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