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How we will deliver your course: Sport Health and Exercise Sciences (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

 

New students 

Induction sessions will run live and synchronously online at the start of term 1.

Our PGT programmes will combine in-person with online activities. The ratio of in-person with online activities will vary on a weekly basis, depending on key learning outcomes

In-person on campus lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

Given the small class sizes on both of the PGT programmes, it is anticipated that the large majority of sessions (including lectures and workshops) will be delivered in-person and in accordance with social distancing measures (as they apply at the time of delivery).

Practical activities will take place on campus, whenever possible, but please note that some on-campus practical sessions may be moved to Term 3, if they cannot safely be conducted in Term 2 (this may particularly be the case for SP5513 ‘Laboratory Techniques in Physiology and Biomechanics’).

SP5524 ‘Psychological Skills for Practitioners’ practical elements will be delivered in Term 3 as an intensive two-week programme. 

Synchronously online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

When necessary, in-person lectures will be synchronously live streamed, using an appropriate platform, so that students who are unable to attend in-person can watch these sessions live online.

Taught sessions will be recorded for reference/later viewing following the timetabled session.

Support/resources:

Additional webinar material and pre-lecture material (incl. e-textbook chapters, articles, podcasts, video, online quizzes, etc.) will be uploaded onto our virtual learning environment platform (BlackBoard Learn).

For academic guidance and pastoral care, Personal Tutors will meet their tutees in-person or online as agreed between tutor and student throughout the academic year. All SHES lecturers will be available for in-person or online one-to-one meetings during their weekly ‘Consultation and Feedback Hours’.

Assessments:

There will be no change to assessments. However, for their dissertation, students will be able to select one out of the following four formats: 1) an empirical study, 2) a literature-based study, 3) a coaching/teaching resource and 4) a sport, health and exercise sciences support programme. 

We cannot however guarantee that, if choosing an empirical format, students will be able to collect their own data. Depending on global environmental and on local health and safety factors, students might instead be given the opportunity to analyse secondary data, or to select an alternative dissertation format.

Students who are registered on the BPS accredited Sport and Exercise Psychology programme are required to undertake empirical work, but this can take the form of a systematic review (if data collection is prohibited). Alternatively, students can use online platforms to collect data (e.g. conducting interviews online).

Examinations and assessed oral presentations will take place on campus.

Returning students 

Welcome-back sessions will run live and synchronously online at the start of term 1.

Our PGT programmes will combine in-person with online activities. The ratio of in-person with online activities will vary on a weekly basis, depending on key learning outcomes

In-person on campus lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

Given the small class sizes on both of the PGT programmes, it is anticipated that the large majority of sessions (including lectures and workshops) will be delivered in-person and in accordance with social distancing measures (as they apply at the time of delivery).

Practical activities will take place on campus, whenever possible, but please note that some on-campus practical sessions may be moved to Term 3, if they cannot safely be conducted in Term 2 (this may particularly be the case for SP5513 ‘Laboratory Techniques in Physiology and Biomechanics’).

SP5524 ‘Psychological Skills for Practitioners’ practical elements will be delivered in Term 3 as an intensive two-week programme. This will now be a permanent change, based on the success in 2020/21 of delivering practical elements of this module later in the year.

Synchronously online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

When necessary, synchronous live lectures will be streamed, using an appropriate platform, so that students who are unable to attend in-person can watch these sessions online.

Taught sessions will be recorded for reference/later viewing following the timetabled session.

Support/resources:

Additional webinar material and pre-lecture material (incl. e-textbook chapters, articles, podcasts, video, online quizzes, etc.) will be uploaded onto our virtual learning environment platform  (BlackBoard Learn).

For academic guidance and pastoral care, personal tutors will meet their tutees in-person or online as agreed between tutor and student throughout the academic year. All SHES lecturers will be available for in-person or online one-to-one meetings during their weekly ‘Consultation and Feedback Hours’.

Assessments:

There will be no change to assessments. However, for their dissertation, students will be able to select one out of the following four formats: 1) an empirical study, 2) a literature-based study, 3) a coaching/teaching resource and 4) a sport, health and exercise sciences support programme.

We cannot however guarantee that, if choosing an empirical format, students will be able to collect their own data. Depending on global environmental and on local health and safety factors, students might instead be given the opportunity to analyse secondary data, or to select an alternative dissertation format.

Students who are registered on the BPS accredited Sport and Exercise Psychology programme are required to undertake empirical work, but this can take the form of a systematic review (if data collection is prohibited due to coronavirus restrictions). Alternatively, students can use online platforms to collect data (e.g. conducting interviews online).

Examinations and assessed oral presentations will take place on campus.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. You will receive our divisional newsletter once a term.

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research Society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21