module specification

ST4004 - Science, Research and Application (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Science, Research and Application
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
99 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
201 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 25% 40 Massage practical demonstration (15 min)
Coursework 30%   Review of journal article (1,200 words)
Coursework 15%   Submission of CV (Learning Log)
Unseen Examination 20%   Progress tests (2 x 15 min)
Unseen Examination 10% 40 Massage progress test (15 min)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical attendance
Attendance Requirement 0%   Tutorial Attendance
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module is intended to introduce students to the study of Sports courses in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. This module also includes the theory and practical abilities to apply safe and effective massage to a sports person. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.  

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to introduce students to the learning resources within the University to assist them with their personal and professional development. Students will enhance their planning, preparation, academic writing styles, referencing, resourcing and development for academia to enable an easy transition between levels. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be developed within this module in safe and effective massage therapy for sports people. With regard to data analysis the aim of the module is to enable students to apply statistical techniques to data, as part of their other studies as well as in a more general work environment.  


Introduction to the university learning resources
Professionalism in HE and the workplace including appropriate on-line communication methods
Planning and preparation for academic writing and presenting to audiences
Referencing guidelines
Resources for academic writing
Development of CV and profiles
Marketing your CV and profile plus reflective practice
Reflection and review of written work from self and peers
Basic mathematical and statistical skills and applications to research and data analysis
Massage application principles, ethical considerations, hygiene, indications and contraindications
Massage practical development

Learning and teaching

The students will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including:
• Lectures
• Seminars
• Tutorials
• Practicals in IT studios and Sport Therapy laboratories
• On-line tests and quizzes
Lectures will be used to present and develop core material, practicals will be used to demonstrate and allow students to apply concepts taught in lectures/tutorials, tutorial sessions will be used to support the lecture material and allow the students to engage in the material using IT and problem-solving skills. Directed learning will be used to develop an understanding beyond the material given in lectures. It will include exercises set within the lecture and tutorial sessions and involve using the web and library resources.

PDP will be delivered through specific tutorials and seminars embedded in the module timetable.
Reflective study will be encouraged in the practical massage sessions as well as in the writing skills development throughout the module.

Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a level of proficiency in literacy, and computing and information technology skills appropriate for HE studies
2. Undertake research and abstraction of information from written and electronic sources and utilise a standard format to cite the sources of such material in their own work
3. Maintain a personal profile, including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and reflect upon own and others work to develop core HE skills
4. Demonstrate a factual knowledge and understanding of the benefits and applications of massage
5. Plan and apply an appropriate, relevant and ethical remedial massage programme
6. Develop basic mathematical/statistical skills required to enable basic research and data analysis

Assessment strategy

Practical exam: Students will plan an appropriate suite of massage techniques appropriate for an athlete and demonstrate these techniques (15 min) (LO 4 & 5).
Coursework: Review of Journal Article; Students will review one journal article summarising the aims, rationale, methodology and outcomes (1,200 words). This piece will be heavily weighted for the writing skills of the students (LO 1 & 2).
Coursework: CV (Learning Log); Students will submit their CV for assessment. Students will also provide evidence of development through practice of massage (minimum of 5 hours within a learning log). (LO 2 & 3).
Progress tests: Two formative 15 minute progress tests will assess the students’ principle understanding of referencing and statistics (LO 1, 2 & 6) during weeks 10 and 25.
Massage progress test: One 15 minute progress test to assess massage theory competency in week 5 (LO 4)
Practical Attendance: Students will be required to attend a minimum set of practical classes in order to pass the module.


Fritz, S. (2006) Sports and Exercise Massage – Comprehensive care for Athletics, Fitness and Rehabilitation. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Stone, RJ and Stone, JA. (2006) Atlas of Skeletal Muscles 5th ed. McGraw-Hill, Boston

Cash, M. (1996) Sport & remedial massage therapy. Ebury, London

Cook, E, Holey, E. (2003) Evidence Based Therapeutic Massage. A Practical Guide for Therapists. Elsevier health Sciences

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Online Resources
An electronic statistics textbook, [Accessed 13 September 2011]