Module JXH-3053:
Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Sam Oliver

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to allow students to produce an in-depth and critical review of relevant research literature in the area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. The topic covered in the module will be negotiated between the student and his/her supervisor. It is thought that the student will work in an area that is closely linked to their Level 2 Project Proposal, but this is by no means compulsory.

Course content

The aim of this module is to allow students to produce an in-depth and critical review of relevant research literature in the area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the School of Sport. Health and Exercise Sciences. The topic covered in the module will be negotiated between the student and his/her supervisor. It is thought that the student will work in an area that is closely linked to their Levl 2 Project Proposal, but this is by no means compulsory.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Insufficient to fulfil the associated learning outcomes • Deficiencies in knowledge even of key areas/principles • No evidence of understanding, even of main areas • No evidence of background study • Lacks a coherent structure • No arguments presented • Many factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • No links between topics are described • No attempt to solve problems • The presentation is very weak containing many inaccuracies

good

Most criteria are met to a good standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components of the dissertation

Knowledge of key areas/principles • Understands main areas • Limited evidence of background study • Answer focussed on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Arguments presented but lack coherence • Has several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topics are described • Limited problem solving • Some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy

excellent

Comprehensive knowledge • Detailed understanding • Extensive background study • Highly focussed answer and well structured • Logically presented and defended arguments • No factual/computational errors • Original interpretation • New links between topics are developed • New approach to a problem • Excellent presentation with very accurate communication

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a chosen research area

  2. Be able to concisely and critically review a body of research literature;

  3. Will know how to compile a working bibliography.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION poster

Students are required to present their poster at the Year 3 student conference. Students will be asked to give an overview of their work and answer questions from their supervisor and verifier. The conference poster should demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the chosen area; concisely and critically review a body of research literature; employ accurate referencing.

20
DISSERTATION written dissertation

Students are required to produce a critical literature review on their chosen topic (4,000-5,000 words). In their dissertation students will be required to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a chosen research area; be able to concisely and critically review a body of research literature; compile a working bibliography.

80

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Individual Project

Supervisory support will form an important part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be student-led. In addition, scheduled meetings (e.g. seminar to overview the module handbook of the dissertation at the start of Year 3) and workshop sessions are also provided

200

Transferable skills

  • 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
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • 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
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • 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
  • self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: