Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Sam Oliver
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of this module is to allow students to identify and propose a research project in an area of mutual agreement with their supervisor within sport, health and exercise sciences. With the support of a supervisor students should aim to develop a relevant and original research question. Students will be required to gather and review the relevant literature, establish hypotheses, propose a methodology to test hypotheses, indicate the statistical methods to be used to analyse the data, expected results, predict problems in data collection, recognise and plan for ethical issues and estimate the financial cost of the proposed study.
Students will be asked to identify a research area and, with the support of a supervisor, identify an appropriate research question. The subject content will thus vary but will be congruent with the degree programme being studied. All students are required to gather relevant information from the research literature and review it, establish hypotheses, propose a methodology through which these hypotheses might be tested, indicate the statistical methods to be used to analyse the data, predict problems in data collection, recognise and plan for ethical issues and estimate the financial cost of the proposed study.
Learning outcomes: students who successfully complete this module will be able to, with the support of a supervisor: demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in generating a viable research question; design a study to test a specific question; effectively communicate their research proposal orally, demonstrating an ability to answer questions about the proposal following the presentation; present a written report that effectively communicates the completed, viable, research proposal and their understanding of it.
Adequate answer to the question, No real development of arguments.
Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material and evidence of independent thought.
Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area. Clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues
Demonstrate an understanding of the process involved in generating a viable research question
Communicate a critical and up to date unerstanding of relevant literature
Design a study to test a specific question
Effectively communicate a completed, viable, research proposal and their understanding of it.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Supervisory support will form an important part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be student-led.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.