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ESC3001 : Current topics in exercise biomedicine

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to increase students' awareness of current research relating to exercise biomedicine through engagement with the literature and through discussion with research scientists working in related fields.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will be based around contemporary topics in sport and exercise biomedicine and will feature ongoing research so the content will vary from year to year. The format will centre around a student-led journal club, supplemented by 'work in progress' presentations from active researchers.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation of journal club; production of written work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1119:00119:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00Student-led journal club presentations
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce the different perspectives of contemporary issues in sport and exercise science. The work in progress talks will provide students with an insight into the scientific process and how knowledge evolves through research, discussion and debate. These sessions will also allow students the opportunity for discussion of research with scientists actively working in the field.
The small group teaching takes the form of journal clubs in which students work in small groups to present the findings of research in a contemporary topic of interest within sport and exercise biomedicine to the rest of the class. This allows students to develop and practice the skills of critical appraisal and of summarising information in an oral presentation to their peers. The skill of writing for a non-specialist audience will be developed through a task in which students will produce a magazine article for the general reader on a current research topic.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M60Magazine article for a general reader; 2000 words
Research paper1M40Journal club individual presentations; 20 minutes to include questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise takes the form of a magazine article for a lay reader explaining a current topic of research in exercise biomedicine, and assesses students' writing skills and ability to explain scientific concepts in lay terms. The journal club presentations assess students' oral presentation skills, their understanding of a current topic of research in sport and exercise biomedicine and their ability to explain scientific findings to a specialist audience.

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