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Undergraduate Course: Sport and Recreation Professional Placement 2 (SPRT08016)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryProfessional Placement is a full (40 credit) course in semester two of second year.
The aim of this course is to provide the opportunity, with support, for students to negotiate, plan and organise an appropriate placement in a sport and recreation organisation. It is expected that students not only gain structured experience with a sport and recreation organisation in a professional context, but also conduct a research project and write a relevant research based report. It includes the necessary learning in terms of research ethics and awareness of the professional context. It is based upon a 'self study' approach to reflexive practice that matches the scale of a student investigation of this sort, in the spirit of the active professionalism.

Students are required to undertake a research-based project for the employer and gather data for an organisational analysis that demonstrates their understanding of the application of theoretical management principles to practice in the context of the sports and recreation industry. Students will be working with an identified agency supervisor, and will be attached to a supervisor from ISPEHS who will monitor progress, provide tutorial support and attend the presentation of the research report to the agency. It provides students with an invaluable opportunity to apply theory to practice, to improve work-related skills, adds significantly to PDP and employability.
Course description Indicative Content

Examples of previous placement research projects include:
Marketing strategy for a facility or event
Development plan for a new product or service
A promotional strategy for some aspect of an agency's business
Analysis of target group outreach programmes
Customer satisfaction survey
Evaluation of sports development projects
Review of structures e.g. staffing
A feasibility study for a new or refurbished facility
Evaluating Membership systems
Pricing structure comparisons
Competitor analysis
Membership retention and recruitment schemes
Quality systems
Health and Safety/risk assessments
Promotional campaigns using social media
Web analysis
Customer care evaluations
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 400 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework

Placement Organisation and Research Plan (1000 words) 10%

Plan outlining the nature of the research problem, delineating its significance to the agency and justifying the research methods proposed for its investigation. Satisfactory completion of tasks; prepare CV, arrange interviews, attendance at placement briefings, effective communication and appropriate arrangements with the tutor and agency prior to and during the placement. The placement proposal and research project must be approved by the Course Organiser.

Research report (3000 words) - 60%

Professional presentation of the methodology, literature review, critical analysis of the research data collected, analysis undertaken, key findings and conclusion/recommendations.

Oral presentation - 30 %

20-30 minutes to agency staff and University supervisor of the findings and conclusions/recommendations of the research report and answering questions/leading discussion.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students will be expected to have met the following learning outcomes;

1. Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and organise a suitable placement with an appropriate sport and recreation organisation.
2. With support, using a practitioner enquiry approach, investigate a professional issue relevant to the placement context
3. Develop the communication skills of analysis, evaluation and reporting of investigation data in written and verbal modes to address the audience needs of both academic and practitioner communities.

Reading List
Fanthome, C. (2004) Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students. London: Palgrave
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Adds significantly to PDP and employability through development of work based and research skills.
KeywordsProfessional Placement Sport
Course organiserMs Sharon Clough
Tel: (0131 6)51 6644
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Fraser
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