A34631 Project and Dissertation: Sports and Exercise Medicine
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)
Total Credits: 60
Level: Level 4
Target Students: MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine students
|Full Year ||Assessed by end of Designated Period |
Prerequisites: Students must have passed A34621 before they will be allowed to proceed with their research project.
Summary of Content:
This module is aimed at providing the skills needed for designing, undertaking and analysing data from the research project.
It will involve the student undertaking a research project on a topic relevant to Sports and Exercise Medicine. Suitable project topics will be proposed by members of the MSc teaching staff. Students are also free to make their own suggestions for projects, which may or may not be deemed acceptable. A project supervisor will be appointed for each project. This allocation is made at the start of the academic year and the student is then expected to work on the project throughout the year (the final year for part time students).
Internationalisation is central to this course. All students are able to suggest their own topics for research projects, which means overseas students have the option to collect data from their home countries if appropriate.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||1 weeks||1 per week||0 hours 30 mins|
|Tutorial ||3 weeks||1 per week||3 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Further Activity Details:
30 minute introductory lecture
3 x 3 hour student led tutorials;
10 x 1 hour supervisory meetings, plus other reasonable contact;
600 hours spent on development, implementation and writing up of research project
Method of Assessment:
|Dissertation ||100 ||10,000 - 12,000 words dissertation |
Professor E Wilson
Education Aims: The aim is to enable students to undertake a high-quality research project at MSc level.
- To select a suitable topic within Sports and Exercise Medicine and define a feasible research question and aims and objectives for the project.
- To summarise the relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature and evaluate the evidence critically in relation to the chosen research question.
- To understand the ethics of research and the regulatory approval process and to obtain the appropriate ethical/regulatory approvals to be able to undertake the study.
- To design and conduct a research study which will effectively answer the research question.
- To undertake the study with professionalism, integrity and diligence.
- To record and collate the research results appropriately and to be able to undertake and interpret descriptive and analytical statistical analysis of research data.
- To draw appropriate conclusions from the project results and relate them to the original aims and objectives and current knowledge.
- To organise and present a formal written dissertation of the project in conventional scientific style.
- To be able to defend the work in a formal viva examination.
Knowledge and Understanding:
- To develop and consolidate studentsí knowledge and understanding of the research process in sports and exercise medicine.
- To be able to identify appropriate gaps in the Sports and Exercise Medicine literature that warrant a novel research study, defining a suitable research question
- To be able to design and conduct a Sports and Exercise Medicine research project.
- To be able to critically appraise the research literature relevant to their research area.
- To understand the ethical constraints in research involving human participants.
- To undertake analysis and interpretation of research data using appropriate parametric and non-parametric statistical tests or using suitable qualitative methodologies.
- Intellectual: critical thinking, analysis and evaluation of research data.
- Professional: ability to conduct valid research into topics related to sports and exercise medicine, review published research literature.
- Transferable: self-management, planning, communication, scientific writing, IT, numeracy and self-motivation.
Offering School: Medicine
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