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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5320M Project Work and Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Sarah Astill

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will provide students the opportunity to develop their experience of SEM in practice, allowing them to apply the principles learned in the other modules in critical analysis or assessment of one area of study in greater depth. Project work will involve independent data analysis, requiring critical assessment and evaluation of outcomes. This will require students to be conversant with latest professional practices, and devise an appropriate study area that will potentially advance the field in either theory or practice. This will be developed in consultation with assigned supervisor and appropriate placement allocated. Tutorials will be provided to refresh student’s approach to experimental design and ethical considerations. Regular online and personal contact will ensure continued progress. Group sessions will allow peer feedback, and identification of relevant issues (e.g. ethical concerns).Assessment consist of a research project protocol, oral presentation, a project log and dissertation.


The objectives are for students to:
- build on understanding the medical requirements required at a sporting event or club OR in a clinical setting;
- apply skills that enable effective practice;
- conduct an appropriate data/information gathering exercise;
- generate a synthesis of findings in the context of current literature/practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methodologies;
- define appropriate ethical practice when conducting research;
- appropriately handle a confidential dataset;
- carry out suitable data analysis;
- independently evaluate the results;
- critically assess and discuss the implications of findings;
- interpret and present the results in a manner appropriate to the subject matter.


The module will cover the following:
- Introductory lectures and online material will be provided to introduce students to research methods, as this will be the first such activity for many;
- Students will be assigned a clinical tutor who will liaise with appropriate venues for access to clubs, clinics etc.;
- In addition to email contact, monthly tutorials will assess progress on data collection etc. in Semester 2; in Semester 3 this frequency will be reduced;
- Project work will typically not involve laboratory-based experiments, but be focussed on SEM activities in context. Examples under consideration are: rugby & football clubs routinely collect GPS data during matches, but rarely analyse performance in this way (cf studies in Copenhagen).

Students are likely to find systematic reviews helpful in developing good practice, and also feasible to accommodate within F/T employment.

While SEM is increasingly recognised as a discipline and positions incorporated within various clubs and sports, appropriate guideline for practice and/or governance documents for organisations are often lacking.

For P/T students we will extend the opportunity to run dissertation work into year 3.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours85.00
Private study hours500.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Private study will include engaging with online resources provided, undertaking background reading associated with their chosen topic, preparation for fieldwork data gathering, data analysis and preparation of presentations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A member of the academic or clinical teaching staff will be allocated as tutor to individual students, and will meet with students regularly to assess progress, discuss issues arising, and set objectives for the next stage in the research.

Clinical tutors will lead the feedback sessions and will be available to answer any questions the students may have, and monitor progress.

The dissertation format and progress will be reviewed and discussed with the mentor or Course Director on a regular basis.

Students will receive guidance during training sessions on research methods, ethics etc.

Feedback from oral presentation will help direct final dissertation content, verbal feedback at viva will be complemented by written feedback on script.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature ReviewProject proposal (protocol with rationale/ synthesis of the evidence) 1,500 words (1,000 words)15.00
Oral PresentationSeminar style project presentation (15 mins)15.00
In-course AssessmentProcess mark10.00
Essay or DissertationProject Report in appropriate journal article format, e.g. MSSE, BJSM (5,000 words)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Short project proposal will be assessed by supervisor; Seminar presentation will be delivered in front of peers and supervisory team, module lead etc.; Process mark by the supervisor will provide an assessment of the student’s enthusiasm, application, independence and intellectual contribution; Dissertation will be assessed by 2 assessors (supervisor and an independent assessor).

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:27:42


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