Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science Programme codeUFS3PSYPSY04
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour, experience and expertise. As a discipline, it plays an important role in drawing together techniques, theories, findings and professional practice from several areas of expertise to address complex and socially and economically important questions about behaviour. Psychologists study people at all stages in their lives from birth to old-age, assessing how people perceive the physical and social world around them, how they think and use ideas, how they vary in intelligence and personality and how they are influenced by particular environments such as work, school and family. One fruitful application of Psychology is in understanding the necessary ingredients for developing high-level skill and expertise, such as those required in Sports. On the other hand, psychologists are also studying the effects of physical activity and exercise on behaviour, cognition, interpersonal interactions and mental health. The latter two applications of Psychology are the focus of our BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate programme.

The programme is taught jointly by the School of Psychology and the School of Sport and Health Sciences Based in the Washington-Singer Laboratories on Exeter's Streatham campus, The School of Psychology is an expanding centre for academic teaching and research, committed to providing its staff and students with a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment. It is one of the UK's top Psychology departments, providing high-quality undergraduate programmes for intelligent and highly-motivated people, whatever their background. Its teaching staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence and world-leading research investigating mood disorders, human cognition, animal behaviour, and social, environmental and organisational psychology. The students also benefit from the establishment of the Mood Disorders Centre, funded by the Wellcome Foundation, a variety of neuropsychological testing laboratories, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Eletroencephalography and eye-tracking. Based on the St Luke’s Campus, the School of Sport and Health Sciences has an outstanding reputation for both teaching and research. It was ranked first in the UK for Sports Science in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 and seventh for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2012). The school has dedicated laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology. Its staff are active researchers whose work informs public policy on exercise and health. For example, they provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams including Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Football Association.

Our BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science degree has been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a career in psychology, with a strong reputation for intellectual rigour, academic excellence and practical value. Our undergraduate students benefit from the active research environment and our teaching standards are considered to be excellent. The degree provides a solid grounding in all major areas of psychology, with particular emphasis on Sports and performance Psychology, and our teaching is inspired and informed by our internationally-rated research. Our graduates are widely recognised as being thoroughly prepared for employment or for entry into postgraduate research and professional training courses, and the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Registration. We encourage our undergraduate students to engage with our postgraduate students taking our MSc programmes in Social and Organisational Psychology, Psychological Research Methods, MSc in Sport and Health Sciences, MRes in Health and Wellbeing, MSc in Paediatric Exercise and Health, and MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

A BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science degree from the University of Exeter would be an excellent foundation for a career in Sports Psychology. Because the degree is BPS accredited, it could also be your first step towards becoming a clinical, educational, or occupational psychologist (although entry into all these professions also requires postgraduate training). It will also give you valuable academic, personal and professional skills that can be used in a variety of sectors such as education, business, health and the media. Our programme is designed to provide a fantastic platform whatever your choice of future career.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

We aim to promote the values described by McGovern et al (2010), providing an intellectual environment that allows you to develop into, ‘critical scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’ (p.10).

Specifically, the aims of the undergraduate Psychology programme are:

1.  To provide an education of high quality in a stimulating and supportive environment that is enriched by research and/or current practice in the discipline;

2.  To provide training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination;

3.  To provide a range of academic and key skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study, or training for professional practice;

Additional aims specific to this programme are:

4.  To provide a thorough grounding in a range of skills, including statistical analysis and research design and methodology, necessary to satisfy the criteria for accreditation as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration under the scheme administered by the British Psychological Society

5.  To promote specialist capabilities in specific areas of psychology congruent with the research focus of the College.

In doing so, we aim to encourage you to develop into individuals who, on graduation, will:

  • Have a well-defined vocabulary and basic knowledge of the critical subject matter of Psychology, with special emphasis to its application to sports, exercise and performance
  • Value the intellectual challenges required to use scientific thinking and the disciplined analysis of information to evaluate alternative courses of action
  • Take a creative and amiable sceptic approach to problem solving
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues in work, relationships and the broader community
  • Act ethically
  • Be competent in using and evaluating information technology
  • Communicate effectively in different modes and with many different audiences
  • Recognise, understand and foster respect for diversity
  • Be insightful and reflective about your own and other’s behaviour and mental processes

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/currentstudents/modules/ug/

www.exeter.ac.uk/sshs/students/modules/ug/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in each stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

a The written Statistics examination component of PSY1205 must also be passed at 40%.

b You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Psychology modules.

c You must choose modules to the value of 45 credits from this list of Sport and Health Sciences modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology 15No
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics [See note a above]15Yes
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods 15No
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology [See note b above]15No
PSY1204 Introduction to Clinical Psychology [See note b above]15No
ESS1006 Human Anatomy and Kinanthropometry [See note c above]15No
ESS1007 Human Physiology [See note c above]15No
ESS1605 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology [See note c above]15No
ESS1606 Nutrition and Metabolism [See note c above]15No
ESS1703 Bioenergetics [See note c above]15No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

d You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Psychology modules.

e You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Sport and Health Sciences modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY2203 Social Psychology II 15No
PSY2205 Personality and Individual Differences 15No
PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 15Yes
PSY2303 Cognition and Emotion 15No
PSY2304 Biological Basis of Behaviour 15No
PSY2306 Development Psychology and Psychopathology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY2209 Cognition Practical I [See note d above]15No
PSY2210 Social Practical I [See note d above]15No
PSY2212 Cognition Practical II [See note d above]15No
PSY2213 Social Practical II [See note d above]15No
PSY2214 Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour [See note d above]15No
PSY2216 Qualitative Methods and Interview Skills [See note d above]15No
PSY2217 Wild Behaviour [See note d above]15No
ESS2001 Exercise Physiology [See note e above]15No
ESS2710 Sport Psychology [See note e above]15No

Stage 3


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules (subject to an overall total of 120 credits)

f All students must take a research project module. This can either be PSY3401 Research Project in Psychology (45 credits) or ESS3302 Dissertation (45 credits) offered by Sport and Health Sciences. In the latter case, it is a requirement of BPS accreditation that the project involves a Psychology topic and that the work be supervised by a Psychologist within Sport and Health Sciences.

If you choose PSY3401 then you must take 60 credits of optional modules comprising at least 15 credits of Sport and Health Sciences modules with the remainder chosen from either Psychology or Sport and Health Sciences modules.

If you choose ESS3302 then you must take 60 credits of optional modules comprising at least 15 credits of Sport and Health Sciences modules, at least 15 credits of Psychology modules with the remainder chosen from either Psychology or Sport and Health Sciences modules.

g When choosing PSY modules you must select modules from three different groups – Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. The groupings may vary slightly from one year to the next and so prospective students should contact Psychology before making any firm decisions.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3401 Psychology Research Project [See note f above]45Yes
ESS3302 Dissertation [See note f above]45Yes
PSY3402 Methods and Statistics in Psychology III 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Psychology with SES - Sport final year - 2015/6
ESS3705 Sport, Physical Activity and Health 15 No
ESS3804 Clinical Exercise Prescription 30 No
ESS3808 Sport Psychology 30 No
EDU3013 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 15 No
EDU3014 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 30 No
ESS3706 Integrated Physiology and Adaption to Physical (in) activity 15 No
ESS3707 Physiological Determinants of Exercise Performance 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 1 - 2015/6 [See note g above]
PSY3410 Stereotypes and Stereotyping 15 No
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3412 The Psychology of Gender 15 No
PSY3413 Communication and Social Groups 15 No
PSY3415 Social Psychology of Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour 15 No
PSY3416 Work and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSY3424 Applied Social Psychology: Health, Environment and Society 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 2 - 2015/6 [See note g above]
PSY3417 The Associative Mind 15 No
PSY3418 Processes of Human Memory 15 No
PSY3419 Studying Cognition and Emotion with Brain Imaging 15 No
PSY3420 Brain Plasticity and Language Learning across the Lifespan 15 No
PSY3422 Comparative Cognition 15 No
PSY3423 The Evolution of Social Behaviour and Social Organisation 15 No
PSY3429 Associative Basis of Addictive Behaviour 15 No
Psy Stage 3 BSc Psychology - Group 3 - 2015/6 [See note g above]
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3425 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mood Disorders 15 No
PSY3426 Parental Psychiatric Disorders and Children's Development 15 No
PSY3427 Compulsive Behaviour 15 No
PSY3430 Women's Mental Health 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge about a range of core subject areas as defined by the British Psychological Society, with in-depth specialisation at the forefront of the subject in certain areas
2. Apply a range of methodological skills, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research both individually and collectively.
3. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology and in sports and exercise science, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to an honours degree.

ILO 1 is developed in Stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. In-depth specialisation is developed in Stage 3 via seminars and the dissertation (research project). ILOs 2 and 3 are developed throughout the programme, via practical classes, lectures, and the Stage 3 dissertation (research project). Independent study also forms a major part of the programme's teaching and learning methods.

ILOs 1 and 3 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.

ILOs 2 and 3 are assessed via practical reports and the final dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Apply skills of scientific writing and presenting results
5. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques.
6. Illustrate an awareness of the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application.
7. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as your own work.
8. Plan, execute and present an independent and original project.

ILOS 4, 5, 6 and 8 are developed through Research Methods, Key Skills, and Statistics lectures, tutorials and practicals at Stage 1; through research practical modules at Stage 2, and through the research project at Stage 3. ILOs 4, 7 and 8 are also developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars, and continuous assessment. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

ILOs 4 and 7 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.

ILOs 5, 6 and 8 are assessed via written examinations, practical reports, and the final project report.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently, critically and creatively.
10. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly.
11. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools effectively; access information from a variety of sources.
12. Interact effectively within a group.
13. Manage yourself effectively including autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above). ILO 12 is developed through group discussions in academic tutorials, through working in groups in practicals, through pair work and an apprenticeship teaching model on the final research project. ILO 13 is developed through students progressing through a teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, and the personal tutorial and Personal Development Planning system. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are assessed primarily through continuous assessment essays, practical reports, and the final project report. ILOs 12 and 13 are indirectly assessed - in the sense that where modules require development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring:
It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. Your academic tutor can also make referrals to Student Support Services where required.

Each BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science student will be allocated two tutors - one in the School of Psychology and one in the School of Sport and Health Sciences. Typically, the tutor in the School of Psychology will be their personal tutor who will remain with them throughout the programme, where possible. The two tutors will provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance and guidance in generic academic skills. The personal tutor will provide pastoral support. They are also able to refer students to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

In addition, every student can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through drop-in ‘office hours’ and specific appointments, and will in addition receive formative feedback from various discussion groups/in-lecture exercises throughout the delivery of each module and therefore receive essentially continuous feedback during the taught component of the programme. Your progress will be monitored and you can receive up-to-date records of the assessment, achievements and progress at any stage.

All relevant print resources are stored in the University’s Main Library, with high-demand resources placed in the Express Collections section.

All module-based learning resources and student handbooks are hosted by the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), the University's on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). ELE provides an online set of integrated tools to support e-Learning activities and enables students to access course materials and use tools such as Discussion Forums and Quizzes to interact online. A variety of these tools enhance the learning and teaching activities for every module, allowing students to access most materials remotely, for example, lecture videos, supporting texts and formative self-test quizzes.

You will have access to the computer clusters in the Washington-Singer Laboratories and the Richards Building, when not in use for teaching or assessment purposes, along with the pay-per-print laser printer installed there. University IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters of PCs - available on a 24/7 basis. Network access is available from all rooms in the hall of residence on site.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

 

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis Registration, provided that the minimum standard of qualification of lower second class honours is achieved.

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science

19. UCAS Code

C8C6

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism
[Honours] Psychology

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/02/2012

Date of last revision

30/03/2015