Module code: BMS3101

Module Overview

This module addresses an aligned interdisciplinary approach to achieve athlete / team performance goals and the application of individual sport science disciplines to elicit acute performance enhancement.

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

WILD James (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 6

Seminar Hours: 2

Tutorial Hours: 2

Practical/Performance Hours: 4

Guided Learning: 6

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2075 Performance analysis

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Performance modelling in sport

  • The role of individual disciplines within an interdisciplinary team:

    • Performance analyst

    • Sport nutritionist

    • Strength & conditioning coach

    • Physiotherapist and soft tissue therapists

    • Sport Psychologist

    • Sports biomechanist

    • Performance lifestyle

    • Sports doctor

    • Physiologist

  • Acute interventions for the enhancement of sports performance

    • “Skill related” – e.g. enhancement of sporting technique or better outcome performance of a certain sport skill

    • “Force expression” related – e.g. improved vertical jump performance

    • “Physiology” related – e.g. enhanced maximal aerobic speed

    • “Tactical” related – e.g. improved execution of match-play tactics

  • Single subject case study research designs

  • Longitudinal tracking of athlete sport performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Portfolio 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

  • Their applied skills in delivering an acute intervention

  • Their ability to analyse, interpret and report data

  • Their critical evaluation of sport science disciplines and coordinated interdisciplinary support

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A portfolio of work which documents an acute intervention undertaken, including appropriate analysis of the intervention to show pre and post changes of the performance measure used to assess the effectiveness of the intervention (word count = 2000 words).

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive formative assessment and feedback on their performance in the form of verbal feedback during lectures/seminars (in question and answer format). They will also partake in a number of small assignments during practical sessions that informs the final summative assessments.

Module aims

  • Develop a critical awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of elite performance
  • Develop a critical awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of elite performance
  • Instil an appreciation of the holistic service provided by multi-disciplinary sport science support teams to improve athlete training, preparation and performance
  • Develop the student’s ability to apply a sports science discipline to acutely enhance sports performance
  • Develop the ability to critically assess the strengths and limitations of sport science disciplines when addressing athlete performance needs
  • Enable students to measure the effectiveness of acute interventions through appropriate statistical analysis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Evaluate the multi- and inter-disciplinary role of sport science within a variety of performance settings KC
002 Understand factors which contribute towards and limit human performance in selected sports K
003 Define interventional strategies involved in the preparation of the elite athlete for sports performance K
004 Devise and undertake an intervention using a sport science discipline to address a sport performance need KCPT
005 Assess the effectiveness of acute interventions designed to enhance sporting performance, presenting data in appropriate formats to communicate findings to athletes and coaches KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include interactive lectures, seminars practical based sessions in order to develop subject specific knowledge and provide formative feedback and discussion. A number of practicing sport scientists will be invited as external speakers with the effectiveness and function of their individual disciplines critically assessed during seminar style lectures. Students will need to spend considerable time working independently to carry out acute interventions to enhance sport performance. This will enable students to complete the portfolio of work required (based on their intervention) which will be marked as their summative assessment.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

The School of Biosciences and Medicine is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Digital Capabilities: Students are required to provide remote coaching and monitoring during the module using a variety of digital means (apps, google sheets, other)

Employability: This module is centred on the importance of working as part of a wider performance team within the workplace. Collective problem solving and the need the importance of working towards common agreed objectives are main features of the module

Resourcefulness & Resilience: Students will need be expected to lead and manage an intervention, which will call upon their resourcefulness & resilience. This is evidenced by the portfolio of evidence they must collate during the semester.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.