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HL50078: Research project

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 24 [equivalent to 48 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 480
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: DS 75%, OT 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine Dissertation (DS 75% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine Viva (OT 25% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL50077 . This unit is only available to students on the MSc Sport & Exercise Medicine.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Identify, review, and critically appraise literature on a subject related to sports and exercise medicine;
* Carry out an indpendent research project;
* Critically discuss research findings.

Aims: The aim of this unit is for students to collect relevant data on a chosen subject as part of a research project and critically analyse the data in relation to the published evidence. Students will be asked to discuss the results with regard to the original hypothesis and provide evidence of critical thinking.

* Information synthesis
* Self-directed learning
* Originality in problem solving
* Reflection on learning and practice
* Critical appraisal and application of scientific literature and evidence-base in relation to research
* Clinical application of knowledge relevant to research
* Effective communication of research evidence.

Content: The student will carry out a substantial research project of their own design, in sport and exercise medicine, under the joint supervision normally of a practitioner in SEM and an academic supervisor. Required content includes:
* Summary showing clearly stated objectives, appropriate methods, results and conclusions
* Introduction containing aim and background
* Literature Review
* Methodology
* Results - overall description of major and relevant findings
* Discussion - in the context of the aim, summarise major findings, discuss possible problems with the results, compare the results with previously published work, discuss the implications of the findings, suggest future work
* Conclusions - these will be related to the aim and justified by discussions
* References and bibliography.

Programme availability:

HL50078 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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