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HL50607: Sport management dissertation

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take HL50606
Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* define and answer a research question in a chosen area of interest (K2, i5);
* support the argument with relevant empirical evidence and/or reference to appropriate concepts, and/or linking together arguments from disparate literatures or disciplinary perspectives (i2,i4);
* interpret the significance of findings from relevant sources of quantitative or qualitative evidence (P2);
* provide a new interpretation on existing information or provide an original view on an issue (i6);
* do all the above in written form in a dissertation that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression (i1,P4), and
* complete the assignment within an agreed deadline (i5).

Aims: This unit aims to give students the opportunity to identify a novel and feasible research question and relate it to relevant literature and empirical material and to develop a cogent, credible and sustained argument that addresses the research question, and to do this within a fixed time period. The dissertation involves a process of supervised research study for postgraduates aimed at developing understanding of how to define a new research question; make informed methodological choices using modern techniques; design a research inquiry; analyse data; write a project report.

* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication; 
* Ability to select, analyse and present numerical or non-numerical data;
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources;
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and frameworks;
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem;
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer;
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines;
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance. 

Content: The dissertation may address any area of sport management for which an adequate level of supervision can be offered. Dissertations may involve any combination of (a) review of published literature (b) analysis of secondary data (c) analysis of primary data collected by the student, for example through administering a questionnaire or semi-structured interviews. The dissertation should include a discussion of the methodology employed in its production and will often make explicit reference to at least one important management issue or theme covered as part of the Certificate or Diploma stage of the programme. It will be the students' responsibility to choose their research area, organize their research activities and negotiate access with other organisations if required.

Programme availability:

HL50607 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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