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Module Title
Contemporary Debates in Sport and Exercise Science

contemporary issues in sport and exercise science; interdisciplinary debates

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2010
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedSeptember 2015
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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of stages 1-3 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module aims to eneble students to critically examine key contemporary issues within sport and exercise science. Students will engage with pertinent and relevant sport and exercise science topics in a discursive manner. Students are expected to draw on the knowledge and skills they have gained earlier in the course as they debate contentious topics.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically evaluate a range of contemporary issues within sport and exercise science.
2. Justify arguments in debating the implications of these contemporary issues from an applied perspective.
3. Effectively communicate reasoned argument on a range of contemporary issues through verbal means.

Indicative Module Content

The content of the module will include key issues from the perspective of the principle sport and exercise science disciplines. The issues selected will be chosen each year to ensure the topics remain pertinent.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Assessment preparation

Private Study


Mode of Delivery

Keynote lecture to introduce each of the topics and tutorials to support those topics.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

Coursework (contemporary debates)

Indicative Bibliography

1.PHILLIPS, J. and HOOKE, J., 1998. The sport of debating: winning skills and strategies. Indiana: UNSW Press.
2.RYALL, E., 2010. Critical thinking for sports students. Exeter: Learning Matters.
3.Other texts will vary according to the contemporary issue chosen at the time of the module run.

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