This activity is open to sports and psychology students. This activity will enable up to four 2nd year students accrue a minimum of 20 hours’ work experience in a physical activity/exercise research laboratory.
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the testing procedures involved. The activity will include assisting research staff conduct both physiological and psychological tests on athletes. Physiological testing will include determination of maximal oxygen uptake and running efficiency. Psychological measures will include mood profiling, assessment of arousal and activation, determination of attentional focus and rating of perceived exertion during and after an exercise task.
Reflective diary – students will be expected to keep a portfolio in which they record their experience of their placement. Students should record their activities at each testing session, including test methodologies and individual activity. The completed portfolio should total 1000 words.
The expected content of the diary will be discussed with students at the pre-placement workshop, along with a copy of the marking criteria so that they know what is expected within the reflections. Students will be fully inducted on testing procedures during this workshop.
Students will receive formative feedback following their first posting which will indicate whether the postings are of the required content and standard. Summative feedback will include the overall pass/fail along with an indication of the standard of the portfolio and lab-based activities.
A brief (10 minute) presentation on the completed project, including an account of the student's professional skills developed during the presentation, and how the research activity might be useful to their career aspirations. Guidelines for the composition of the presentation will be provided.
Result will be a PASS or FAIL
20 hours to include:
Each testing session is expected to last 1 hour in duration.
Students are expected to be punctual, and dressed appropriately for a professional laboratory environment.
Testing will take place over the duration of Semester two (February to May).