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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

  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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr M. E. Scholz
  • Dr Derek Ball

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 3
  • Sports Science (SR)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses on enhancing core research skills for the study of the medical sciences. It is a requirement for all students with direct (Articulation) entry into Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences and Exercise and Health Sciences BSc programmes. The course develops the essential skills that are needed to undertake a research project. Its aim is to instill an active student-driven approach to learning based on curiosity and exploration of knowledge as opposed to passive acquisition. Students learn to critically analyze published work, evaluate sources of information, basic presentation skills. This course also aims to develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise. The content includes current theories, addressing psychological factors likely to affect individuals and their performance in the sporting environment.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

5x Online Assessment = 20% each

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will understand, discuss and critically evaluate the following: Motivation and sport: The role of attitudes in sport: Arousal, stress and anxiety and maximising psychological state.
ReflectionApplyTo develop transferable skills related to teamwork, time management, communication and information technology skills
ConceptualAnalyseTo increase confidence and competence in numerical manipulation through the practice of numerical and practical skills.
ConceptualApplyTo understand the basis of scientific investigation and the importance of hypothesis driven enquiry. Appreciate the importance of using correct scientific English in communicating science.
ProceduralAnalyseTo understand and interpret different ways of presenting scientific data and the use of simple statistical analysis to analyse data.
ProceduralEvaluateDiscuss and critically evaluate adherence to exercise programmes: limitations, improvement strategies
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstand sport and aggression and the factors implicated in aggression. Interpret the difference between leadership and coaching: the coach’s role, the coach-athlete relationship, effective leadersh

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