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Module JXH-3054:
Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Jennifer Cooney

Overall aims and purpose

The Dissertation module has been developed to allow you to produce an in-depth and critical review of relevant research literature in an area that interests you. This choice might be based on your current sport, hobby, future career aspirations or simply because you are interested in a particular subject. This module gives you the perfect opportunity for independent study, where you will explore the research literature and develop an in-depth understanding and appreciation of a particular area, that is pertinent to the field of Sport Science. The Dissertation module will encourage you to be a critical thinker and enable you to put into practice the many competencies that you have gained throughout your undergraduate studies.

Course content

Supervisory support will form an important part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be student-centred. In this module you will gain experience in scoping the literature to identify a relevant research question, how to develop a search strategy, how to extract data/relevant information, how to critically review the literature and how to report your findings in your dissertation. In addition to the supervisory support that you will receive, the module teaching staff will provide workshops on reviewing/critiquing the research literature, how to prepare a poster presentation and how to present your data in your presentation and final written report. This module provides the opportunity to put into practice the competencies that you have gained throughout your undergraduate studies and across a range of disciplines, as well as transferable skills such as critical thinking and being able to disseminate findings effectively.

Assessment Criteria

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

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

Learning outcomes

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

    Demonstrate an understanding of the processes in collecting information from a large body of research literature;

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

  3. Effectively synthesise and disseminate their research findings in a succinct manner via a written report and verbal communication

  4. Will know how to compile a working bibliography.

  5. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a chosen research area;

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Poster - Presentation

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. Presentations should demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their chosen area; concisely and critically review a body of research literature, employ accurate referencing.

10
DISSERTATION written Dissertation

Students are required to produce a critical literature review of their chosen topic (8,000-10,000 words). In their Dissertation students will be required to demonstarte 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
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Verbal Content

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. Presentations should demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their chosen area; concisely and critically review a body of research literature, employ accurate referencing.

10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Individual Project

Supervisory support will form an important part of the teaching method and it is the students responsibility to arrange regular meetings with their supervisor. Most of the learning will be student-led, however, in order to support students in this process there will be some additional timetabled sessions - module introduction seminar at the start of Year 3 and workshops in semester 1 and 2.

400

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: