module specification

ST7W12 - Sport and Clinical Observation Placement (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20, but may be subject to modification
Module title Sport and Clinical Observation Placement
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
150 hours Placement / study abroad
44 hours Guided independent study
6 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 30%   Case Study Presentation
Coursework 30%   Written Case Study
Coursework 40%   Reflective Learning Exercise *FC*
Other 0%   Portfolio
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Not applicable -
Summer studies North Not applicable -
Spring semester North Not applicable -

Module summary

The module enables students to undertake clinical placement hours observing and reflecting upon multidisciplinary practice within sport in order to develop professional skills in the working environment. The module also enables students to experience work with injured athletes in a variety of sports based and clinical environments. The module will run over the spring semester and the summer period in order to spread the workload of students.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

• To provide a framework for enhancing theoretical knowledge and applying professional principles for a sports injury practitioner
• To provide an opportunity of working with injured athletes across a variety of clinical and sporting environments
• To familiarise students with the ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues associated with working as a trained professional within sports related settings


The majority of the syllabus for this module will be experiential learning during placement hours.  A number of seminar sessions will be arranged to discuss and implement:
• Ethics, legal and professional requirements and sports related practitioner skills
• Reporting case notes suitable for the environment- orally and in writing
• Reflective learning  - the relevance to a sports practitioner

Learning and teaching

On completion of this module students’ provide an evaluation of how that module allowed them to develop skills such as information technology, organisational skills, team building, communication time management, and working under pressure.

This module is mainly based on experiential learning in the university's sports injury clinic and with external placements. External placements are encouraged to be varied and will be considered under the guidelines within the module handbook but must be authorised by the module leader prior to commencing the placement period. During the module formative feedback will be obtained from an external placement supervisor in order to consolidate learning. A number of seminar sessions will be organised where students will explore ethics, legal and professional requirements and additional relevant skills, and tudents will also be directed to WebLearn for seminar details and relevant links.
Students will also develop the skills to present case notes both orally and in writing.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Critically appraise practitioner skills in a sports environment
2. Appreciate the ethical, legal and professional obligations of a professional practitioner working  within sport.
3. Critically appraisecase information succinctly both orally andin writing, to an appropriate audience.
4. Develop skills through personal reflection.

Assessment strategy

Assessment will be undertaken in the final semester of the placement module.
1. Seminar case study presentation (10 minutes)   (30%)
2. 1350  word report on the case presented to include subsequent research primarly based on sports rehabilitation     (30%)
3. 1800 word essay on reflective learning, relating to your experiences in placement, making reference to sections of your own learning log of the placement (40%)
4. Portfoliocontainig evidence of the placement hours completed, authorisation
forms, and reflection  (0%)


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