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Introduction to sport and fitness

This key introductory module is for you if you have a general or professional interest in sport, recreation and fitness. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of some of the key underpinning concepts within sport and fitness, including: the organisation of sports/fitness provision in the UK; the benefits of physical activity; fitness training principles; nutrition; and a range of contemporary issues. You’ll be able to apply your understanding to your own participation in sport or exercise, or to careers in the field – such as exercise instruction, sports coaching or PE teaching.

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Module

Module code
E117
Credits

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  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
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What you will study

This module aims to allow you to engage and develop your knowledge and understanding of key sport and fitness topics alongside developing a range of cognitive and professional skills that will underpin future study. The module comprises six study topics each covering a different area of sport and fitness which will include: 

  • Exploring Sport and Fitness - introduces the module and the module materials as well as discussing key terms to be used throughout the module such as ‘sport’, ‘physical activity’ and ‘recreation’. This study topic will also introduce you to the different perspectives through which sport and fitness will be viewed throughout this module.
  • Participation and Development in Sport and Fitness – explores the globalisation of sport and fitness as well as what factors influence sport and fitness participation amongst different population groups. Potential barriers to participation are identified as well as a range of interventions that aim to increase participation. This topic will allow you to evaluate sport and fitness provision in your local area as well as gaining a knowledge of the key types of organisations that are responsible for sport and fitness provision. It will provide a useful introduction to the equality of sport provision.
  • Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity: What are the benefits? - draws upon a range of research evidence to investigate the social, physiological and psychological benefits of participating in sport and exercise. This will provide you with a useful introduction to the sociological, psychological and physiological disciplines of sport and exercise. 
  • Contemporary Debates: Evaluating the Evidence - considers some of the topical debates in sport and fitness such as whether sport is always safe, cheating in sport, the impact of technology on children’s physical activity levels, the provision of disability sport, the role of practice and sports coaching as an art or a science. You will use a range of academic and media sources to navigate your way through these lively and interesting topics. 
  • Faster, Higher, Stronger: Training for Fitness and Sport - extends your understanding of physiology to examine the components of fitness and how these can be tested and developed using a variety of methods. This study topic will introduce you to core principles of anatomy and physiology such as the basic anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems and energy systems. 
  • Eating to Win - considers the role of nutrition in sport and fitness and the application of nutrition to a variety of different sport and fitness situations. 

Running throughout all of the study topics will be a progressive structure of developing your study skills as well as links to employability through the use of case studies and AV resources. 

You will learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • describe the beneficial effects of physical activity on an individual’s physical and mental health as well the wider benefits to society 
  • identify the key components of fitness and describe the principles and methods used in sport and fitness training to develop these components
  • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of nutrition and how they can be applied to sport and fitness performance
  • identify trends of participation among specific groups in sport and fitness and how these can be addressed 
  • demonstrate an understanding of selected debates in sport and fitness and their relevance to sport and fitness settings. 

Vocational relevance

This module is aimed at people with an interest in sport and fitness, and also those wanting to develop their career in the subject area.

Professional recognition

This module has been recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes. This means that if you are a member of REPs, you will be able to claim 16 CPD points on completion of the module.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your assignments, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. Contact with your tutor will be through the following methods:

  • online tutorials, which we strongly encourage you to participate in since most students find these extremely useful
  • online forum (email conference) within your tutor group
  • personal email or telephone.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Future availability

Introduction to sport and fitness (E117) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2024.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Course work includes:

    4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
    2 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
    No examination
    No residential school


    Entry requirements

    This module is a broad introduction to sport and fitness, and no assumptions are made about the knowledge or education you bring to it. As an OU level 1 module, it provides core subject knowledge and the study skills required for higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2 and beyond. 

    There are no requirements concerning a person’s level of fitness to take the module. There are no activities that require any sort of strenuous exercise; even the activities that involve the fitness tracker may be carried out by a friend, with only the monitoring done by you.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    06 Oct 2018 Jun 2019 £2928.00

    Registration closes 13/09/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2024.

    Additional Costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started.

    Ways to pay for this module

    Open University Student Budget Account

    The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

    You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

    • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
    • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

    Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

    Employer sponsorship

    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

    More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the module you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

    • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
    • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your module.  

    Credit/debit card

    You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

    We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

    Mixed payments

    We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).


    For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or book a call back at a time convenient to you.


    Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 19/06/2018.

    What's included

    Online Study Guide and online Reader, hard copy Module book, online assessment and module website as well as an Activity Tracker.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying E117 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Overcoming barriers to study if you have a disability or health condition website.