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HL30428: Dissertation research

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 24
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 90%, OT 10%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation Project (15,000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20415
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To design and complete an independent critical social science oriented dissertation project in sport & physical activity.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit, students will have:
* Developed an appropriate 'Introduction' section comprising a definitive problem statement, justification, and, rationale for the study;
* Placed their proposed research within the social, political, economic, educative context;
* Sought out, and written, a section that locates their project amongst previous scholarship;
* Developed a section that justifies, outlines and discusses the planned methodological approach;
* Undertake data collection;
* Analyse and interpret results;
* Complete the writing of a cohesive research project through completion of the results, discussion and conclusion sections of their individual research project.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) F/A
* Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data. A
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources. F/A
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models. F/A
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question. F/A
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer. F/A
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines. A

The unit is an independent research unit. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of an independent research project. Support will be provided throughout the semester by the unit leader and through facilitation of a network of assigned tutors. Electronic support in the form of Moodle discussions, forums, handout postings, and reading support materials. Students will be required to discuss and agree an overall project design with their respective tutors. A series of 'Dissertation Surgeries' will be offered to provide additional support. Students may be required to defend the research project and its conclusions at a viva-voce examination.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30428 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AKB10 : BA(Hons) Coach Education & Sports Development with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.