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HL50145: Sports physiotherapy research project

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 18 [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 360
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 30%, DS 70%, OT 0%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 70%)
  • Poster Submission (CW 30%)
  • Ethics (Milestone) (OT 0%)
  • Intention to Submit (Milestone) (OT 0%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL50077
Learning Outcomes: 1. Collect data appropriate to the selected and approved research questions.
2. Critically analyse the data to present appropriate results and valid conclusions, with regard to the original research question(s).
3. Critically evaluate the project findings in relation to the published evidence.
4. Present findings in a concise and cogent thesis.
5. Disseminate relevant information relating to principles of practice to a wider audience, using an appropriate presentation format.

Aims: The aim is to conduct and complete an independent and novel research project. The project is designed and the protocol approved, including ethical approval, where necessary, in FH50077 Research Project Design.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Critical appraisal of research techniques; data collection and analysis; engage with and evaluate relevant research.
Intellectual skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Information synthesis, interpretation and appraisal; self direction and originality in problem solving; reflection on learning and practice; implementing research in physiotherapy practice.
Professional practical skills (Facilitated and assessed)
Appreciation of the practice of research dynamics; critically appraise techniques relevant to own practice-based enquiry.
Key skills
Problem solving (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Communication (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Advise and influence practice, strategy and policy (Taught and facilitated)
IT Skills (Facilitated and assessed)

Content: 1. Research Project
This involves carrying out a significant research project and includes:
* Abstract 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
2. Dissemination and practice
The final stage of the Sports Physiotherapy Research Project involves presentation of the findings in formats suitable for:
1. Academic submission
2. Education / dissemination
The dissemination of findings to a the wider scientific and sporting community in a format appropriate for a target audience. Depending on the particular project, this could include preparation of an appropriate summary report, workshop, presentation or educational material.
Detailed, specific guidance and advice is given in the student handbook pertaining to the structure, requirements and scope of an appropriate MSc level research project.

Programme availability:

HL50145 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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