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Module JXH-3001:
Research Project

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Jennifer Cooney

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to allow students to complete a research project in an area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research work and integrate knowledge and skills developed previously during the course at undergraduate level (e.g. research methods).

Course content

The aim of this module is to allow studnets to complete a research project in an area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the school of sport, health and exercise sciences. Students will have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research work and integrate knowledge and skills developed previously durning the course at undergraduate level (e.g. research methods).

Assessment Criteria


Adequate answer to the question, No real development of arguments.


Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.


Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. Plan and conduct study designs that test a specific research questions and hypotheses;

  2. Gain a basic awareness of ethical issues;

  3. Select, execute and interpret appropriate statistical tests;

  4. Interpret their research findings in relation to current knowledge and indicate how these might inform practice;

  5. Students who successfully complete this module will, with the support of a supervisor, be able to:

    Demonstrate an ability to use relevant literature to justify a specific research question and associated hypotheses;

  6. Communicate their research project in poster or oral format, demonstrating an ability to answer questions about the project following the presentation;

  7. Present a written report that effectively communicates the completed, viable, research project and thier understanding of it.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION poster/verbal presentation

Students will complete either a verbal presentation or present a poster at the Year 3 Conference. Verbal presentations will be 10 minutes plus 5 mins for questions. Students completing a poster presentation 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 research study.

Written assignment, including essay WRITTEN PROJECT

Students are required to produce a written report that effectively communicates the completed, viable research project and their understanding of it (word count 5000-6000 words)


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project

Supervisory support will form an important part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be student-centred. Module organisers will also provide lectures and workshops for project, abstract, poster and verbal communication guidelines. Statistics support is available from postgraduate students.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • 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
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • 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.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • 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

  • 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
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • 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
  • undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • demonstrate effective robust data collection methods

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: