University of Chester

Programme Specification
Exercise Medicine MSc
2017 - 2018

Master of Science

Exercise Medicine

Exercise Medicine

University of Chester

University Centre Shrewsbury

University Centre Shrewsbury

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory, Work-Based inc.(practice / placement)

1 Year Full-time; 4 years Part time

6 Years

Annual - January

3.0 (B9) Subjects Al

Yes

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Institute of Medicine

This programme complies with the credits per module and for award as recommended in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as identified by the QAA, and with the NQF qualifications descriptions for each Level. The module descriptors clearly demonstrate the competencies expected at each Level, and the amount of student effort required. The Level characteristics as described by the QAA in the National Qualifications Framework also relate closely to the overarching characteristics of learning as defined by the University of Chester.

The construction of this programme's learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and content together with the methods of learning, teaching and assessment have been informed by the Royal Joint Colleges of Sport and Exercise Medicine requirements for specialised training and by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

QAA for health care subjects are applied as follows:

 

A1 Professional autonomy and accountability

  • Maintain the standards and requirements of professional and statutory regulatory bodies
  • Adhere to relevant codes of conduct
  • Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of professional practice
  • Maintain the principles and practice of patient/client confidentiality
  • Practise in accordance with current legislation applicable to health care professionals
  • Exercise a professional duty of care to patients/clients/carers
  • Recognise the obligation to maintain fitness for practice and the need for continuing professional development
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of evidence-based practice within professional contexts
  • Uphold the principles and practice of clinical governance

 

A2 Professional relationships

Participate effectively in inter-professional and multi-agency approaches to health and social care where appropriate

Recognise professional scope of practice and make referrals where appropriate

Work, where appropriate, with other health and social care professionals and support staff and patients/clients/carers to maximise health and performance outcomes

Maintain relationships with patients/clients/carers that are culturally sensitive and respect their rights and special needs

 

A3 Personal and professional skills

Demonstrate the ability to deliver quality patient/client-centred care

Practise in an anti-discriminatory, anti-oppressive manner

Draw upon appropriate knowledge and skills in order to make professional judgements, recognising the limits of his/her practice

Communicate effectively with patients/clients/carers and other relevant parties when providing care

Assist other health care professionals, support staff and patients/clients/carers in maximising health outcomes

Engage in self-directed learning that promotes professional development

Practise with an appropriate degree of self-protection

Contribute to the well-being and safety of all people in the work place

 

A4 Profession and employer context

Show an understanding of his/her role within health and social care services

Demonstrate an understanding of government policies for the provision of health and social care

Take responsibility for his/her own professional development

Recognise the value of research and other scholarly activity in relation to the development of the profession and of patient/client care

 

B1 Identification and assessment of health and social care needs

Gather relevant information from a wide range of sources including electronic data

Adopt systematic approaches to analysing and evaluating the information collected

Communicate effectively with the client/patient, (and his/her relatives/carers),

group/community/population, about their health and social care needs

Use a range of assessment techniques appropriate to the situation and make provisional identification of relevant determinants of health and physical, psychological, social and cultural needs/problems

Recognise the place and contribution of his/her assessment within the total health care profile/package, through effective communication with other members of the health and social care team

 

B2 Formulation of plans and strategies for meeting health and social care needs

Work with the client/patient to consider the range of activities that are appropriate/feasible/acceptable, including the possibility of referral to other members of the health and social care team and agencies

Plan care within the context of holistic health management and the contributions of others

Use reasoning and problem solving skills to make judgements/decisions in prioritising actions

Record professional judgements and decisions taken

Synthesise theory and practice

 

B3 Practice

Conduct appropriate activities skilfully and in accordance with best/evidence-based practice

Contribute to the promotion of social inclusion

Monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of the planned activity

Involve client/patient/members of group/community/population appropriately in ongoing effectiveness of plan

Maintain records appropriately

Educate others to enable them to influence the health behaviour of individuals and groups

Motivate individuals or groups in order to improve awareness, learning and behaviour that contribute to healthy living

Recognise opportunities to influence sport medicine, health and social policy and practices

 

B4 Evaluation

Measure and evaluate critically the outcomes of professional activities

Reflect on and review practice

Contribute to risk management activities

 

C1 Knowledge and understanding

Understanding of the key concepts of the disciplines that underpin the education and training of all health care professionals

Detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, together with a knowledge of dysfunction and pathology

Detailed knowledge of health and social care philosophy and policy, and its translation into ethical and evidenced based practice

Detailed knowledge of the relevance of the social and psychological sciences to health and healthcare

Detailed knowledge of the role of health care practitioners in the promotion of health and health education

Detailed knowledge of the legislation and professional and statutory codes of conduct that affect health and social care

 

C2 Skills

Information gathering

An ability to gather and evaluate evidence and information from a wide range of sources

An ability to use methods of enquiry to collect and interpret data in order to provide information that would inform or benefit practice

Problem solving

Logical and systematic thinking

An ability to draw reasoned conclusions and sustainable judgements

Communication

Effective skills in communicating information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to colleagues, patients, clients, their relatives and carers; and, when necessary, to groups of colleagues or clients

Numeracy

Ability in understanding, manipulating, interpreting and presenting numerical data

Information technology

Ability to engage with technology, particularly the effective and efficient use of information and communication technology    

Institute of Medicine

Friday 12th June 2015

Overall, this programme aims to provide a suite of modules which will allow students to choose a themed pathway of applied medicine or healthcare and science in the areas of physical activity and in health promotion, disease and illness prevention and rehabilitation, and/or sports injury rehabilitation, athletic performance and medical management of the sports participant.

 

Key specific aims include:

Providing the opportunity for healthcare professionals to update their knowledge, understanding and skills and improve their capacity to contribute effectively to the promotion of evidence-based practice in sports and exercise medicine.

Meeting healthcare service and market demand for professional development opportunities and qualifications in sports and exercise medicine for health professionals that will help hospitals, primary care service providers, and community based public health services fulfil the national UK targets and aims for disease prevention and management through physical activity and exercise.

Meeting sports and exercise performers’ needs where medicine, health and rehabilitation are required to expedite illness or injury recovery so as to reinstate and maintain activity or performance participation to level commensurate with individual or team goals and aims (inclusive of the recreational exercise participant through to top level sport performers

Providing postgraduate education and vocational relevant opportunities for those aspiring to work in this rapidly developing and high profile field.

Providing a framework for the development of collaborative inter-professional learning in the context of sport and exercise medicine.

Offering current practitioners the opportunity to develop professionally and academically their understanding of the theoretical principles and related practical applications which underpin sports and exercise medicine programmes and services.

Offering opportunity for the completion of a major item of independent research study leading to potential for publication.

For MSc

Have detailed knowledge and critical understanding of subject disciplines, investigative techniques and research methods relevant to sports and exercise medicine in relation to the:

Compulsory study of the following:

Physical, exercise and sport in public health (MD7801)

Related evidence and research (MD7802, MD7811)

Psychology in health and human performance (MD7803)

 

And optionally from 3 of the following:

Comparing applications in health, disease and performance (MD7804)

Opportunities to develop knowledge in movement analysis (MD7805)

Nutrition in health, disease and human performance (MD7814)

Pharmaceuticals and ergogenic aids in human performance (MD7814)

Underpinning knowledge to asses and prescribe exercise and training programmes (MD7809)

The links and benefits of physical activity in managing mental health (MD7810)

The understanding of musculoskeletal conditions which can be prevented, rehabilitated or managed through increased physical activity and/or structured exercise training (MD7812)

 

PG Diploma

 

Have detailed knowledge and critical understanding of subject disciplines, investigative techniques and quality of evidence relevant to sports and exercise medicine in relation to the:

 

Compulsory study of the following:

 

Physical, exercise and sport in public health (MD7801)

 

Psychology in health and human performance (MD7803)

 

And optionally from 3 of the following:

Related evidence and research methods (MD7802)

Comparing applications in health, disease and performance (MD7804)

Opportunities to develop knowledeg in movement analysis (MD7805)

Nutrition in health, disease and human performance (MD7814)

Pharmaceuticals and ergogenic aids in human performance (MD7814)

Underpinning knowledge to asses and prescribe exercise and training programmes (MD7809)

The links and benefits of physical activity in managing mental health (MD7810)

The understanding of musculoskeletal conditions which can be prevented, rehabilitated or managed through increased physical activity and/or structured exercise training (MD7812)

Comparing applications in health, disease and performance (MD7804)

Opportunities to develop knowledge in movement analysis (MD7805)

Nutrition in health, disease and human performance (MD7814)

Pharmaceuticals and ergogenic aids in human performance (MD7814)

Underpinning knowledge to asses and prescribe exercise and training programmes (MD7809)

The links and benefits of physical activity in managing mental health (MD7810)

The understanding of musculoskeletal conditions which can be prevented, rehabilitated or managed through increased physical activity and/or structured exercise training (MD7812)

 

PG Certificate

Have detailed knowledge and critical understanding of subject disciplines, investigative techniques and quality of evidence relevant to sports and exercise medicine in relation to the:

Compulsory study of the following:

Physical, exercise and sport in public health (MD7801)

 

And optionally from 2 of the following:

Related evidence and research methods (MD7802)

Psychology in health and human performance (MD7803)

Comparing applications in health, disease and performance (MD7804)

Opportunities to develop knowledge in movement analysis (MD7805)

Nutrition in health, disease and human performance (MD7814)

Pharmaceuticals and ergogenic aids in human performance (MD7814)

Underpinning knowledge to asses and prescribe exercise and training programmes (MD7809)

The links and benefits of physical activity in managing mental health (MD7810)

The understanding of musculoskeletal conditions which can be prevented, rehabilitated or managed through increased physical activity and/or structured exercise training (MD7812)

Comparing applications in health, disease and performance (MD7804)

Opportunities to develop knowledeg in movement analysis (MD7805)

Nutrition in health, disease and human performance (MD7814)

Pharmaceuticals and ergogenic aids in human performance (MD7814)

Underpinning knowledge to asses and prescribe exercise and training programmes (MD7809)

The links and benefits of physical activity in managing mental health (MD7810)

The understanding of musculoskeletal conditions which can be prevented, rehablitated or managed through increased physical activity and/or structured exercise training (MD7812)

 

 

 

In all modules, be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate, apply and reflect upon information gained from academic and professional literature, professional organisations, and experiences in the workplace, in order to propose solutions to problems in applied health promotion, sports training and performance and/or clinical contexts.    Where appropriate, for this to be demonstrated part in both formative and/or summative assessments.

Be able to deploy academic and practical techniques for the integration of academic knowledge and understanding into effective professional practice contexts (MD7802, 7803, 7804, 7805, 7809, 7812, 7811).    

Have understanding of the limits of own knowledge, and how this influences analysis and interpretations based on that knowledge. Have skills of self-evaluation to understand own strengths and weaknesses, challenge received opinion, and develop own criteria and judgement. Have key/transferable skills and confidence to undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable the assumption of significant responsibility within relevant organisations.     

Be able to use IT to manipulate quantitative and qualitative information to solve defined problems.

Be able to work effectively within a team, giving and receiving information and ideas, and modifying responses as appropriate.

Be able to manage resources for effective learning.     

In all modules, be able to effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and where appropriate as part of both formative and/or summative assessments

The MSc involves the study of three core modules (MD7801, 02, and 03) plus four optional modules and the Research Project (MD7811).

 

The PgDip involves the study of two core modules (MD7801, MD7803) and 4 modules chosen from any of the remaining modules (not MD7811).

 

The PgCert involves the study of one core (MD7801) and 2 modules chosen from any of the remaining modules (except MD7811).

 

Each module comprises 200 hours of total student study time, which is split broadly as below:

25-30 hrs intensive course of lectures, seminars, group discussions, laboratories and practical activities (delivered over three or four days).

 

15hrs of practical activities or work experience and support tutorials.

 

160hrs of directed self-study students prepare an assignment using the Module Resource Pack (printed and electronic), library and online learning resources, primary research journals and national and international professional guidelines, standards and scientific position statements.

 

The specific assessment or exam requirements are set out in the module descriptors but are each equivalent to a 4000 word written assignment/report, 2 to 3 hour written exam or 30-45 minute oral presentation or exam

 

Each module is worth 20 Level 7 Academic Credits.

 

The course meets the requirements of FHEQ for students working at Level 7, notably:

students will gain a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice.

students will continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level and will have:

 

1. the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, professional development and/or academic practice and research

2. the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility

3. decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations

4. the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
MD7801 7 Physical activity, exercise and sport in public health 20 Comp
MD7802 7 Research and analysis in physical activity, exercise and sport 20 Comp
MD7803 7 Psychology and human behaviour in health and performance 20 Comp
MD7804 7 Comparative Exercise Physiology in health, disease and human performance 20 Optional
MD7805 7 Biomechanical techniques in human health and performance 20 Optional
MD7809 7 Exercise testing, prescription and programming in human health and performance 20 Optional
MD7810 7 Physical Activity and Mental Health 20 Optional
MD7811 7 Research Project 60 Comp
MD7812 7 Exercise in Musculoskeletal Health and Disorders 20 Optional
MD7813 7 Independent Clinical or Health Setting Application Module 20 Optional
MD7814 7 Comparative Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals and Ergogenic Aids in Health and Performance 20 Optional

  • 60 credits at Level 7 entitles the student to a Postgraduate Certificate (MD7801) and 2 modules chosen from any of the remaining modules (except MD7811).
  • 120 credits at Level 7 entitles the student to a Postgraduate Diploma (MD7801, MD7803) and 4 modules chosen from any of the remaining modules (not MD7811).
  • 180 credits (including the 60 credit Research Project) at Level 7 entitles the student to a Masters degree modules (MD7801, 02, and 03) plus four optional modules and the Research Project (MD7811).

N/A

Students will normally have a first degree in an appropriate subject with a minimum of a 2:2 grade classification. Entry courses will typically include Medicine, Physiotherapy, Sport & Exercise Science and Physical Education, but other healthcare professions are also recognised as entry routes, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Cardio-pulmonary physiology/science practitioners, or human health or biological sciences.

For the increasing number of students who are expected to be newly qualified graduates with degrees in a related subject and aiming to increase their employment potential, they must provide written confirmation or certification that they have at least 250 hours of practical working experience (employed or volunteered) in the broad domain of physical activity and health including but not exclusively: applied sport and exercise science, public health and physical activity, sports or exercise therapy or rehabilitation, medicine or surgery or a practitioner qualified within the HCPC suite of professions allied to medicine.

Students will be from a range of academic and professional health backgrounds including Medicine and Allied Health Professions (e.g. hospital physicians and general practitioners, physiotherapists, sport science, exercise and health science or human biological sciences etc).

 

The construction of this programme's learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and content together with the methods of learning, teaching and assessment have been informed by the Royal Joint Colleges of Sport and Exercise Medicine requirements for specialised training and by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

For newly qualified graduates, the course provides the groundwork for being better prepared to enter into this growing field and for the currently qualified or experience medical or healthcare professional, the course is designed to augment professional skills and knowledge to manage clients and patients within the specialist focus of physical activity for health and medicine and science in sports and exercise.

This programme complies with the credits per module and for award as recommended in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  (HEQF) as identified by the QAA, and with the HEQF qualifications descriptions for each Level. The module descriptors clearly demonstrate the competencies expected at each Level, and the amount of student effort required. The Level characteristics as described by the QAA in the Higher Education Qualifications Framework also relate closely to the overarching characteristics of learning as defined by the University of Chester.

 

 

The programme will be delivered mainly by a flexible learning format in the form of block teaching, tutoring, workshops and laboratory sessions held over 3 to 4 days.

Members of the Institute of Medicine have many years of experience in offering distinctive programmes of study at diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience levels. They have considerable experience of supporting the learning needs of mature students.

The programme is delivered by a mix of: academics from the University Centre Shrewsbury, University of Chester and other UK universities; healthcare professionals from a range of disciplines; and other visiting lecturers with appropriate specialist knowledge and skills.

 

The programme comprises a series of taught modules each delivered by a three to four day, 25-30 hour short course followed by a period of directed learning (often derived from the assignment) and the submission of 4000 word assignments, or equivalent exams (oral, written or practical demonstration

 

A diverse range of teaching and learning modes are utilised for this programme (lectures, seminars, group activities, case studies, student presentations, laboratory classes and practical activities). Independent learning following an intensive "taught" element is a key feature of the programme.

 

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to interact with the teaching teams through individual tutorials which may be face-to-face, by telephone, computer telephone-video, or email. There is opportunity for formative comment on assignment drafts.

 

The formal modular programme is supported by a range of extra-modular workshops covering (for instance): e-learning and use of on-line resources (delivered by Learning Resources); high level information presentation skills; IT (including use of research software; and specialist professional development activities.

 

Where appropriate, students are encouraged to take up placement opportunities / work experience with collaborating or individually arranged health-care units or perform reflective learning tasks within current workplaces.

 

The above approach offers higher learning in a client-focused manner which suits the requirements of busy practitioners who wish to update their knowledge and practical and/or academic skills.   

Learning Packages

(a) The main learning materials will be in the form of Module Texts or Module Folders, supported by a Programme Handbook. The Module Texts will contain a range of materials (e.g. text, articles, data handling exercises and so on) and will be augmented by on-line learning.

(b) On-line learning

On-line facilities (using the University intranet) will be used to provide the following:

 ·        A structured guide to the module content

·        Additional self-direct tasks or assessments

·        Assessment details and guidance (e.g. on presenting the assignment(s))

·        Access to distant, appropriate websites

·        Access to Library resources

·        Access to the Discussion Board

·        e-mail links to the tutors

·        text references

·        access to the support infrastructure

 e-mail 

Time will be given each week to student/staff interaction via e-mail. Students will be allocated a time slot during which the module tutor will answer e-mails concerning the module content and/or assessment.

Visiting Lecturers

Visiting Lecturers will be used to support the delivery of the programme. This will provide expertise in specialist areas and will include contributions from a range of personnel involved in various medical disciplines.

Assessment Strategy and Methods

The assessment methods employed all place great emphasis (as shown in their assessment criteria) on the learner's ability to demonstrate skills through the production of coherent responses either to problems or tasks set.

Examples include;

  • Written assignments that critically review and cite key research papers
  • Case studies which identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to biomedical issues
  • Oral and/or group presentations
  • Preparation of research proposals

Specific details are available in individual module descriptors. 

  • A significant proportion of students undertake their studies on a part-time basis whilst continuing in relevant full or part-time employment. These categories of student are primarily studying for personal professional development.
  • Students who join the programme directly from their first degree utilise their Masters degree to gain admission to a wide range of professions and/or employment opportunities both in the UK and internationally.
  • The majority of graduates are able to make rapid transition into relevant employment on completion of their studies.
  • Each year a proportion of graduates continue their studies by taking additional degrees in related subjects whilst others progress to higher level research degrees (MPhil, PhD).

Graduates of this MSc programme should be able to:

  • deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and communicate findings to specialists and other professional groups;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem-solving across a variety of areas;
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level and possess the necessary qualities and transferable skills at an advanced professional level  

Postgraduate study involves the development of reflective practice, such that the student can modify personal professional activity, critically evaluate scientific information sources and methodologies, and possess the ability to perform such activities autonomously. 

Professional occupation routes include: Sports & Exercise Medicine Consultants or Physicians, Sports or Exercise Therapies and Rehabilitation, and Clinical Exercise Physiology.

The programmes of study in the Institute of Medicine fully embrace the University’s commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity. The  University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students.  The ultimate objective of the programmes delivered are to ensure all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society and in whose activities all students can participate to the best of their ability. This programme is designed to ensure inclusivity and to ensure that the diverse needs of our students are provided for.  At an Institute level all programmes are developed and delivered with the following aspects in mind:

  • Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality. 
  • Each module and programme is developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning.
  • There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Institute works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans.
  • The induction week activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues.  Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality.
  • Supportive formative exercises are presented in modules in the first year to give all students an equal chance of succeeding.
  • Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills. The introduction of anonymous marking and the blue sticker scheme also enhance equal opportunity to all students.
  • In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and removed or reasonable adjustments will be made based on requirements.
  • All learning materials and teaching and learning sessions are designed to be free from racist, sexist and other discriminatory assumptions and practices.
  • All lecturers are aware of diversity issues and discharge their PAT roles with knowledge and sympathy and all students are made aware of the Department structures to discuss issues should a concern arise.  

The programme will be developed to allow students to access most of the course material online – with online text, videos of lectures and comments and assessments.

Students will be linked with health, clinical and medical researchers if and when they are needed to gain theoretical, clinical and laboratory based skills. The research topic can be jointly run by the research team at the Institute of Medicine and agreed clinical practice centres, hospitals, or sports and exercise health or rehabilitation centres.

 

Student support:

  • All modules have resource packs of support materials to aid directed study.
  • Students are counselled on admission with regard to sensible module selection.
  • A personal academic tutor is allocated to each student
  • A research advisor provides additional tutor support during the research phase of studies.

 

Volunteer work placements, shadowing and other professional development experiences are facilitated wherever possible.

Features:                                

The modules run in 3 to 4 day blocks and are therefore suitable for working doctors and healthcare professionals. This culminates in the research project, which is assessed through the production of a critical literature review and a scientific article written up with the intention of submission to a peer-reviewed journal. If clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow direct registration onto PhD study, joining our team of researchers at the Institute.  

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