MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BSc Sports and Exercise Science options

Year 2, Component 06

Optional modules from list
SE205-5-SP
Health and Active Lifestyle
(15 CREDITS)

Physical activity is very important to wellbeing and health. We will discuss why not everyone is meeting the minimum recommendations for physical activity and then critically examine why interventions or initiatives to increase physical activity are successful. Behaviour change theories and techniques will be explored which may increase physical activity in the individual and community. This module gives you the chance to write a critical essay on behaviour change and a novel infographic designed to communicate the benefits of physical activity on our health. Classes will include debates, open tutorials, labs and some standard lectures.

SE207-5-SP
Sport and Performance Psychology
(15 CREDITS)

This module will advance students’ understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise. The content of the lectures builds upon the knowledge gained in the first year module by exploring in more depth the theoretical explanations of psychological phenomena in sport and performance contexts. It explores a diverse literature which includes issues about psychological skills, developing interventions, research methodology, and social and cognitive factors related to performance and well-being.

SE208-5-SP
Training Techniques and Assessment of Athletes
(15 CREDITS)

Students will learn about the theoretical and practical values and limitations inherent in assessing fitness, and of the methods and outcomes of training to enhance components of fitness. Student will learn how to perform reliable fitness tests, how to interpret their results and develop an understanding of the limitations of test methods. We will also review the rationale for, and the design and management of, training programmes to develop different components of fitness that are tailored to produce sport- and health-specific outcomes.

SE224-5-AU
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
(15 CREDITS)

After natural talent and adequate training, the role of the diet is crucial for athletic success. Whether optimising training adaptations, enhancing performance or altering body composition, correct dietary intake is essential for achieving these goals. This module will explore macronutrient requirements for athletes across a variety of performance types (endurance, strength, power) with particular reference to evidence-based guidelines and published literature. Furthermore, the role of ergogenic aids in enhancing performance and supporting athlete health will be discussed. The module will take the theoretical underpinnings relating to ergogenic aids and apply these in a laboratory environment, offering a hands-on opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of certain supplements. The programme will develop understanding in applied dietary strategies to advance the athletes' performance, whilst appreciate the nuance’s with translating scientific, evidence-based literature into real-life food intake. The module will afford opportunities to engage with cutting-edge scientific literature, whilst consider the key issues in designing, implementing and analysing performance nutrition research. A variety of key skills and knowledge will be developed throughout the module, including the advancement of scientific knowledge, understanding and use of research, problem solving, understanding the delivery environment and communication. The module will include a number of approaches to learning, including lectures, laboratory practical’s group work and self-directed learning.

SE225-5-SP
Sport, ‘Race’ and the History of the Modern Olympics
(15 CREDITS)
SE229-5-SU
Starting your own business or being self-employed: an entrepreneurial approach.
(15 CREDITS)

This module is for those who think they might like to be self-employed or start their own business. Many graduates with a degree in sports science or rehabilitation take this route but are unaware of the pitfalls that are associated with it. This module is designed to enable you to succeed in business. This module is based around skills and knowledge and explores the nuts and bolts of having your own business, learning how to sell and promote your ideas. You will get the opportunity to meet business professionals who are making a successful career in your area.

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