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

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences – new (Sept 2021 start; FHEQ Level 4) and returning students (FHEQ Levels 5 and 6);
  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Physical Education, Coaching and Social Issues) – new (Sept 2021 start; FHEQ Level 4) and returning students (FHEQ Level 5);
  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance) – returning students (FHEQ Level 6);
  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Coaching) – returning students (FHEQ Level 6);
  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Development) – returning students (FHEQ Level 6);
  • BSc Physical Education and Youth Sport – returning students (FHEQ Level 6);
  • BSc Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise) – new (Sept 2021 start; FHEQ Level 4) and returning students (FHEQ Level 5 and 6);
  • BSc Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences with Business Studies – new (Sept 2021 start; FHEQ Level 4) and returning students (FHEQ Level 5 and 6).

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 / welcome-back sessions will run in-person and/or online at the start of terms 1 & 2. 

Our programmes will combine in-person activities with sessions delivered online. In-person teaching will consist, amongst others, of: interactive lectures, small classes tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab-based practical sessions. All in-person sessions will take place on the Brunel University London campus, in Uxbridge.

Online activities will consist of synchronous (e.g. live lectures, tutorials, seminars) and asynchronous activities (e.g. pre-recorded lectures, virtual labs, online quizzes).

Asynchronous online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

Asynchronous activities offered online will vary across modules, depending on intended learning outcomes. When a high percentage of online content is delivered through asynchronous methods (such as pre-recorded videos), follow-up interactive activities (e.g. discussion forums, application exercises, collaborative tasks) will be planned to support student learning.

Synchronously online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

The amount of synchronous activity will vary across modules, depending on intended learning outcomes. In some modules, up to 100% of online activities will be delivered synchronously. Where appropriate, synchronous sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our virtual learning environment platform (i.e. BlackBoard Learn), so that student can access the content in their own time.

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

For modules taught by the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, students will typically have in-person, on-campus teaching sessions organised on one to three days a week. These on-campus sessions will include a combination of: lecturers, seminars, tutorials, workshops and lab-based practical classes. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to choose to attend in-person, on campus classes, or online alternatives. (Note. Laboratory-based practical sessions are best delivered in person). For some on campus classes, attendance capacity will be limited; hence, students will be required to sign-up in advance, and attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

Some in-person practical sessions may be moved to Term 3 if they cannot be conducted safely in Terms 1 & 2 due to coronavirus restrictions.

Throughout the week, students will also have timetabled online ‘live’ sessions and self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials.

For taught sessions delivered by the Brunel Business School or the Division of Psychology (as part of the joint Honours programmes), please refer to the Business or Psychology subject documents.

To promote active learning, communication and team collaboration, regular team-based activities will take place; these will primarily take place on campus, although online alternatives may be available for those who cannot attend.

Support/resources:

Recorded synchronous and asynchronous sessions, as well as other teaching resources (incl. e-textbook chapters, articles, podcasts, video, online quizzes, etc.) will be available online (on BlackBoard Learn) prior to and/or following timetabled sessions. Post-session recording availability will depend on the nature of the taught content and the tasks set within the sessions.

For academic guidance and pastoral care, timetabled individual and small group tutorials will be delivered through a mix of in-person, on campus and online sessions delivered by Personal Tutors.

During term time, all SHES lecturers will be available for in-person or online one-to-one meetings during their weekly ‘Consultation and Feedback Hours’.

Assessment:

No changes to assessment have been made. Examinations will be taken at home during the winter and the summer examination periods. All assessed oral presentations will take place using an online platform.

Returning students 

Welcome back and academic development sessions will run in-person and/or online at the start of terms 1 & 2.  

As long as employers offer placements, students will have the opportunity to go on work placement in 2021/22. 

Our programmes will combine in-person activities with sessions delivered online. In-person teaching will consist, amongst others, of: interactive lectures, small classes tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab-based practical sessions. All in-person sessions will take place on the Brunel University London campus, in Uxbridge.

Online activities will consist of synchronous (e.g. live lectures, tutorials, seminars) and asynchronous activities (e.g. pre-recorded lectures, virtual labs, online quizzes).

Asynchronous online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

Asynchronous activities offered online will vary across modules, depending on intended learning outcomes. When a high percentage of online content is delivered through asynchronous methods (such as pre-recorded videos), follow-up interactive activities (e.g. discussion forums, application exercises, collaborative tasks) will be planned to support student learning.

Synchronously online lectures/seminars/tutorial/practical:

The amount of synchronous activity will vary across modules, depending on intended learning outcomes. In some modules, up to 100% of online activities will be delivered synchronously. Where appropriate, synchronous sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our virtual learning environment platform (i.e. BlackBoard Learn), so that student can access the content in their own time.

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

For modules taught by the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, students will typically have in-person, on-campus teaching sessions on one to three days a week. These on-campus sessions will include a combination of lecturers, seminars, tutorials and lab-based practical classes. For lectures, seminars, and laboratory session, where possible, students will have the opportunity to choose in advance, to attend in-person on campus classes or select an on-line alternative; selection to attend in-person on-campus classes may however, be on a first come, first serve basis. (Note. Laboratory-based practical sessions are best delivered in-person). 

Depending on circumstances, in person laboratory skills classes for:

SP2605 ‘Physiology of Sport and Exercise’, SP2604 ‘Biomechanics of Human Movement’ and  SP3701 ‘Biomechanics Analysis Techniques’ may be moved to Term 3.

SP2609 ‘Social Issues in Sport’ will run over both terms to allow the Media Training Centre to support students with their film editing.

SP3721 ‘Media, Sport and Communication’ will run in Term 1 only. 

Throughout the week, students will also have timetabled online ‘live’ sessions and self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials.

For taught sessions delivered by the Brunel Business School or the Division of Psychology (as part of the joint Honours programmes), please refer to the Business or Psychology subject documents.

To promote active learning, communication and team collaboration, regular team-based activities will take place primarily on campus although online alternatives may be available for those who cannot attend on campus.

Support/resources:

Recorded synchronous and asynchronous sessions, as well as other teaching resources (incl. e-textbook chapters, articles, podcasts, video, online quizzes, etc.) will be available online (on BlackBoard Learn) prior to and/or following timetabled sessions. Post-session recording availability will depend on the nature of the taught content and the tasks set within the sessions.

For academic guidance and pastoral care, timetabled individual and small group tutorials will be delivered through a mix of in-person on campus and online sessions delivered by Personal Tutors.

During term time, all SHES lecturers will be available for in-person or online one-to-one meetings during their weekly ‘Consultation and Feedback Hours’.

Assessment:

No changes to assessment have been made. Examinations will be taken on campus during the winter and the summer examination periods. Assessed oral presentations will take place either on campus (for SP3813 ‘Human Performance Synoptic’) or using an online platform (for SP2720 ‘Developing Research Methods and Data Analysis Skills ’and SP2602 ‘The Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity: Theory and Application’). For those students who are unable to attend on campus presentations due to COVID-19 movement restrictions, online presentations will be available.

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. 

Timetabled individual or group tutorials will take place at various points during the year.

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 regularly, and 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