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SES3002 : Factors Affecting Elite Performance

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Holliday
  • Lecturer: Dr Adam Coussens, Dr Owen Jeffries, Mr Wouter Peeters, Dr Iain Spears
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding and knowledge of the
multidisciplinary approach to maximising elite sports performance. Students will integrate aspects of physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics to optimise sporting performance. Students will engage with contemporary issues and strategies in elite sport and will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills from previous modules to critically evaluate the role of sports science.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Physiological determinants of elite athletic performance
•       Psychological strategies in elite performance
•       Ergogenic practices and nutritional strategies
•       Environmental factors influencing exercise performance and adaption
•       Performance analysis technology
•       Preparation and Recovery

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-sync online
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Non-synchronous online - Lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00Preparation and completion of report and revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:309:00PIP lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00PIP - Laboratory sessions to develop understanding of data collection and monitoring
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading166:0066:00Reading from module reading list, podcasts and appropriate websites
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00PIP Active learning sessions to facilitate discussion or apply knowledge to consolidate learning
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities63:0018:00Preparation for small group teaching sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00PIP - Data analysis sessions to support laboratory practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00PIP - student-led support session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Online synchronous - student led assessment-focused support session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Synchronous online. 1x module intro, 2x external speakers (elite athletes, coaches, practitioners)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material is used to efficiently deliver new knowledge, which is then followed up by active learning sessions, such as workshops and small group teaching to provide students with opportunities to critically evaluate data and theory, and apply this to practice. These sessions are intended to both develop academic skills (such as critical thinking and evaluating evidence) and consolidate the acquisition of knowledge. Structured research and reading activities to be completed in preparation for these sessions will develop independent learning and guided self-discovery. Practical sessions are used to develop laboratory skills and provide an in-depth understanding of information provided. Defined hours for reading and listening to podcasts will promote independent study and reflection. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Invigilated exam: Essay question (2 questions) - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M504 page limit (excluding title page and references)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will write up a report in relation to elite athletes. Students will be required to analyse and interpret data, critically evaluate evidence and synthesise athlete-focused conclusions and recommendations.

A two-hour exam will consist of essay-type questions examining the multidisciplinary aspects of supporting elite performance. Students will be examined on their ability to critique and justify athlete support from the view of at least two practitioners (nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, S&C, psychology).

Reading Lists