DETERMINANTS OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE - 2017/8

Module code: BMS2067

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

ALLISON SJ Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

C600

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP ORAL PRESENTATION ( 15 MIN ) 40
Coursework ESSAY ( 2500 WORDS ) 60

Alternative Assessment

In the event that a student is unable to attend the group assessment, they will have the opportunity to present individually during the late summer re-sit assessment period. Students who fail the essay component of the coursework will be reassessed (using the same format) on a new performance case study.  

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module provides a contemporary interdisciplinary evaluation of elite performance. Students will critically review the core physiological, nutritional, psychological and biomechanical factors that influence performance. This module will focus on sport specific case studies and consider how (acute) strategies can improve performance in different environmental settings. Students will have the opportunity to integrate the wide range of information available to them and apply it to sporting situations of their interest.

Module aims

To provide an understanding of the determinants and limitations of human exercise performance under competitive conditions

To develop a critical awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of elite performance.

To instil an appreciation of the holistic service provided by multi-disciplinary sport science support teams to improve athlete training, preparation and performance

To develop a critical awareness of the issues in the design and analysis of sport performance research

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Evaluate the multi- and inter-disciplinary role of sport science within a variety of performance settings KC
Debate the ‘primary determinant' of different sports performances KC
Understand factors which contribute towards and limit human performance in selected sports K
Define interventional strategies involved in the preparation of the elite athlete for sports performance K
Identify the practical and ethical issues associated with support work P
Use theoretical principles to understand, explain and enhance aspects of sports performance KCP
Develop a scientific argument through evidence based writing and support with referencing KC
Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Interdisciplinary evaluation of sports specific case studies
The aggregation of marginal gains
Interventional strategies for performance and recovery (Physiological, Nutritional, Psychological, Biomechanical, S&C)
Ergogenic aids 
Fatigue
Sleep
Environmental factors


Nature vs. Nurture  

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include interactive lectures, seminars in order to develop subject specific knowledge and provide formative feedback and discussion. A flipped class-room approach will be utilised on some occasions, whereby prior to the lecture, students will be divided into groups and each member asked to consider a different component of sports science (physiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition etc) and the impact it has on performance of a given sport specific case study. Findings will then be discussed and debated in the seminar. Practicing Sports Scientists will be invited as external speakers to deliver keynote lectures.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures  (11 x 2 hours)


 


·         Seminars  (6 x 1 hours)


 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 


Their knowledge and understanding of the range of factors which contribute to athletic performance, and ability to integrate this information and apply it to evaluate a sport case study of their choosing.
Their ability to critically engage with academic literature, synthesise and apply research findings related to a topic of interest.
Their ability to orally communicate, with clarity, important aspects of sports science in a way that is relevant and easy to understand for athletes, coaches and performance directors.


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

Coursework:

 


Essay on applied and integrated Sport Science (60%) [2500 words]

Students are expected to use a multidisciplinary approach to address a key question/problem relating to sports performance.
Submission date -  week 30




 


A 15 minute group oral presentation (40%)

Students are tasked with designing a holistic sports science service to improve performance in a chosen sport case study.
In groups of 3, students will decide the make-up of their multi-disciplinary team (e.g. physiologist, psychologist, biomechanics, nutritionist) and identify a target / intervention / strategy within each discipline to improve overall performance.
The presentation should be directed at coaches and performance directors
Submission date – week 37




 

Formative assessment and feedback

 


Verbal feedback from academics during lectures and seminars
Prior to the assessments, lecture and/or seminar time will be spent discussing the assignment and feedback process.
Examples of excellent practice provided for students to make comparisons.


·         Generic feedback on essay proposal (within 3 weeks of submission)  

Reading list

Reading list for DETERMINANTS OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2067

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.