Module title: Scientific Communication - Dissertation and Statistics (Singapore)

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09711
Module leader: Steven Young
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SINGAPORE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Steven Young
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
The written submission, research proposal with ethical issues, (word limit 2000) will allow the student to select (LO1), under supervisory guidance, a topic within the broadest range of Sport and Exercise Sciences disciplines or activities. Individuals will search for, compare and evaluate primary scientific literature (LO1) and then develop scientific arguments and critically review the material (LO2). This process will be conducted under continued guidance whilst still fostering independent learning. Concurrent with this activity students will develop knowledge and critical awareness in ethical areas applied to their chosen topic (LO3 and 4). Lectures will be delivered to support this learning in areas of research and ethical practice with regular supervisory meeting to ensure appropriate student engagement.

Two tutorials will be provided on a one-to-one basis to support the processes of choice of topic, information gathering, critical review, and scientific writing.
Summative assessment and feed forward will ensure students are progressing satisfactorily.

Key employability skills are embedded. Critical thinking and written and oral communication skills are required in the tutorial work and coursework component. Numerical skills will be developed through the statistics component. Workshops developing skills in data and data analysis through the use of statistical applications will be delivered weekly in the second part of the module (this is in line with identified student needs for LO5. IT skills are required for the analysis of data, the use of Moodle, on-line literature searches and preparation/submission of coursework.

Formative Assessment:
For the research and ethical written component, formative assessment occurs during the Tutorials when students are given feedback on choice of topic and where feedback is given in their progress. Within the statistics component, formative assessment will occur weekly during the workshops where previous learning will be discussed. Formative assessment occurs during the Tutorials/Workshops when students are given feedback on their readings and/or tasks and they can assess their individual progress.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will occur in week 10 of the semester with a 2,000 word written assessment (1,500 words literature review and 500 word ethical issues component). The statistical component will be assessed via 2 hour written examination in week 14 of the semester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3 & 4 10 HOURS= 00, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 50 5 14 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Within this module, students will review primary scientific literature on an agreed topic within the broad spectrum of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Physical Activity and Health and Sports Coaching. Students will develop a literature review in this area and under the guidance of an allocated supervisor, identify, and critically evaluate ethical issues that are pertinent to the topic.

Students will conduct the review utilising electronic databases and will present, via written submission, their review and ethics. Potentially conflicting and supportive evidence will be contained within this work with a critical appraisal and supported summation included.

Correct and proper referencing, utilising Harvard referencing and an identified journal writing format style will be mandated throughout.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Search, compare and evaluate primary literature and scientific publications for critical review.
LO2: Examine scientific argument, formulate and present a balanced argument and summation
LO3: Identify, synthesise and evaluate ethical issues pertinent in the topic area
LO4: Critically evaluate these issues and formulate potential solutions as applied to the topic area
LO5: Develop skills in selecting and using statistical techniques in data analysis

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