SP5065 - Sports Science Research Methods (2022/23)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2022/23|
|Module title||Sports Science Research Methods|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2022/23(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to allow students to reflect on their chosen course. Students will select their project within the context of the course and possible future career. Students will consider and carry out the preparation necessary for a scientific dissertation proposal. In so doing, students will gain experience in devising dissertations by taking into account experimental design, feasibility in terms of costs and resources, and aspects of ethics and safety.
Prior learning requirements
Available for Study Abroad? NO
Literature retrieval: use of established resources such as ScienceDirect, SPORTDiscus, and PubMed; awareness of generic library resources. (LO2)
Experimental design: consideration of laboratory organisation, resource needs and costing, safety and ethical matters. Understanding of time management and personal responsibility, the use of controls and replicates, and the proper recording of results. (LO1)
Statistical analysis: an appreciation of the scope of statistical analysis, an understanding of the statistical design appropriate for the chosen project. Application of statistics to the analysis of experimental data, to include; correlation, regression, confidence levels, standard errors, t-test, F-test, analysis of variance. (LO1)
Dissertation proposal: writing in an academic scientific style. (LO3)
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures and tutorials (30 hours) and practicals (30 hours). Students' ability to seek, handle and interpret information will be encouraged through directed reading, access to the websites of professional bodies, and other learning resources. Students will work in groups on aspects of experimental design and as individuals on the project proposal.
LO 1: Demonstrate an ability to creatively design a scientific dissertation, taking into account experimental design (including appropriate statistical frameworks), resources, ethics and safety.
LO 2: Research the background information to their dissertation using appropriate primary sources.
LO 3: Present a written report of the dissertation proposal in an appropriate scientific form.
The module will be assessed by means of one coursework component (100% of the overall mark). This component (2500 words) will consist of a written project proposal that will include a literature survey alongside resource, ethical and safety considerations (LO1, LO2, and LO3). To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum mark of 40%.