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Undergraduate Sports Science 2021-2022

SR1002: INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF SPORT, EXERCISE AND HEALTH

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

  • this course introduces core concepts of physiology, sport science and biomedical science and sets foundations for further study of these topics;
  • the course uses responses and adaptations to exercise and physical challenges to integrate and highlight links between biomedical subjects like anatomy, nutrition, pharmacology or bioenergetics; 
  • the course uses a streamlined modular system to deliver and assess the course content and fortnightly online assessments ensure effective learning and are highly commended by students;  
  • each subject or practical class is delivered by specialized members of staff to ensure state-of-the-art content and delivery

SR1503: FITNESS, PERFORMANCE AND SURVIVAL

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

  • this course further develops and integrates core concepts of physiology, sport science and biomedical science and expands foundations for more advanced study of these topics; 
  • the course integrates various subjects of biomedical science such as Physiology, Nutrition, Biochemistry or Sport Sciences to understand responses and adaptations to exercise and physical challenges; 
  • the course uses a streamlined modular system to deliver and assess the course content and fortnightly online assessments ensure effective learning and are highly commended by students; 
  • each subject or practical class is delivered by specialized members of staff to ensure state-of-the-art content and delivery

SR2002: THE SCIENCE OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

• understanding the fundamental factors that limit exercise performance is of great importance for human health and athletic performance; 

• this course integrates the knowledge in biomechanics, physiology, psychology and pharmacology in order to build a comprehensive understanding of physical activity and exercise performance in humans;

• this core knowledge prepares you for more advanced study of sports and health sciences;

• you will also participate in practical series focussed on energy expenditure and fitness testing which will build essential laboratory and data analysis skills of importance for employability in the area of sports and health 

SR2003: PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The design and application of training programmes requires an understanding of the principles of Strength and Conditioning to optimise the response in relation to human health and athletic performance 

this course examines both the neuromuscular system and cardiorespiratory systems in order to build a comprehensive understanding of the capacity and limitations related to exercise performance in humans; 

this core knowledge prepares you for more advanced study of sports and health sciences; 

you will participate in the applied practice of fitness testing and assessment, which will build essential laboratory and data analysis skills of importance for employability in the area of sports and health

SR2501: EXERCISE AND HEALTH

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

  • this course covers many ways in which exercise can be a useful tool in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health;
  • examples of the areas covered include cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, cancer, ageing, psychological conditions and immune   dysfunction. The pathophysiology underlying these conditions will be introduced and how exercise can be a modulating factor;
  • this will prepare you for further study in clinical exercise physiology;
  • practical classes will deliver hands on science and will also cover data handling and statistical analysis

SR3009: APPLIED PRACTICE IN SPORT SCIENCE I

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The quantitative assessment and analysis of training, competition preparation and recovery involves the integration of an understanding of exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition to optimise athletic performance. 

this course examines training practice and competition preparation to provide an analytical assessment of adaptation and recovery to training and competition in athletes; 

the course utilises a problem-based approach to allow students to develop critical thinking and engagement with coaches to deliver the scientific analysis of data; 

the course provides the opportunity to actively engage in sport science support to develop data analysis skills and a problem solving approach to athlete development.

SR3023: ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR SPORT SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

  1. This course is the cornerstone to all the advanced science courses in later years and provides you with key skills for success in science; 
  2. Feedback from employers drove the course design to give specific and focused science skills to enhance your employability;
  3. Analytical, professional, data interpretation, experimental design and problem solving skills are core elements that are essential for any graduate career portfolio;
  4. The course develops an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise;
  5. Examines psychological factors likely to affect individuals and their performance in the sporting environment;
  6. Provide research driven insights and strategies designed to benefit professionals and participants within the health, sport and exercise community.

SR3024: SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

 • This course will develop an understanding of the psychology sport and exercise;

• Look at psychological factors likely to affect individuals and their performance in the sporting environment;

• Develop psychological approaches to improve sports performance and well-being through key theories on behaviour and behaviour change;

• Provide research driven insights and strategies designed to benefit professionals and participants within the health, sport and exercise community.

SR3506: BIOCHEMISTRY & NUTRITION OF EXERCISE

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • This course integrates the key concepts in nutrition and metabolism which are essential for understanding how these metabolic and biochemical processes underpin human physiology;
  • You will be able to apply specialist knowledge of how exercise training and dietary intake influence human adaptation and optimise exercise performance;
  • You will gain in depth and focussed knowledge through core sport and exercise science practicals which enhance employment skills, in addition to improving problem solving, experimental design and data interpretation skills;
  • All this will prepare you for advanced study of human and exercise physiology

SR3508: CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • this course covers how exercise can be used to treat diseases and prevent recurrence;
  • covered conditions include heart disease, asthma, cancer, osteoporosis, spinal cord injury and sarcopenia (muscle ageing);
  • practical classes involving exposure to patients ensure that the course is practically relevant;
  • anatomy classes cover the human musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system and underpin the teaching of the relationship between exercise and disease

SR3509: APPLIED PRACTICE IN SPORT SCIENCE 2

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The quantitative assessment and analysis of training, competition preparation and recovery involves the integration of an understanding of exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition to optimise sport team performance. 

This course examines training practice and competition preparation to provide an analytical assessment of training practice and competition in team sport; 

The course utilises a problem-based approach to allow students to develop critical thinking and engagement with coaches to deliver the scientific analysis of data collected during matches; 

The course provides the opportunity to actively engage in sport science support to develop data analysis skills and a problem solving approach to team performance

SR3511: NUTRITION, HEALTH AND DISEASE

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • This course covers a range of scientific nutrition topics including constituents of food, assessment of dietary/nutritional status, energy balance, and nutrition for exercise and sport;
  • Current nutritional recommendations and policies are explored by world experts, including researchers from the prestigious Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health;
  • You will be able to apply specialist knowledge of how exercise training and dietary intake influence human adaptation and optimise exercise performance and/or health;
  • You will gain in depth and focussed knowledge through core nutrition and exercise science practicals which enhance employment skills, improving problem solving, experimental design and data interpretation skills.

SR4007: RESEARCH TOPICS IN SPORTS SCIENCE AND STUDIES

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this course covers the most recent research in a variety of topics in sports science and sports studies;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and focussed knowledge of advances in topic ranging from nutrition, muscle, health and metabolism; 
  • this knowledge and skills in literature searching will prepare you for you honours research project;
  • in course assessments will focus on writing scientific abstracts and also presentation of scientific material – transferable skills aiming to develop graduate attributes and employability

SR4008: NUTRITION, OBESITY AND METABOLIC HEALTH

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Obesity is a major worldwide health problem and in simple terms is caused by an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. However, this simple equation ignores the complex range of factors that control how individuals respond to todays energy rich environment. These include differences in the way we sense hunger, our capacity to store or burn energy, our response to nutrients and how circulating factors affect the function of our metabolically important tissues. This course examines how body weight is controlled, why obesity can cause ill-health and what we can do to prevent or treat obesity and associated diseases.

SR4301: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • there is a growing understanding that exercise and physical activity are important contributors to health and wellbeing; 
  • this course integrates information pertaining to acute and long term adaptations to various modalities of exercise. You will learn about changes in relevant physiological systems and cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptations;  
  • you will also learn about constrains that determine exercise performance and limit the ability to adapt;  
  • knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise is increasingly relevant for careers in sports, exercise and health, and biomedical sciences

SR4501: EXERCISE SCIENCE PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

  • Final year Honours projects offer an excellent opportunity to carry out cutting-edge literature or lab-based scientific research
  • With projects from disciplines throughout the School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition to choose from, this is a opening to follow your interests working with staff and leading researchers
  • Projects form the zenith of your degree and fosters development of the skills and knowledge gained throughout your degree, as well as heightening analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • The opportunity to be part of novel, yet-to-be published research projects can be career-defining, and provides experience to prepare you for the future.

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