Module title: Research Project [60 credit]

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SES11107
Module leader: Melanie Leggate
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Melanie Leggate
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will have minimal face to face contact and instead will be using an independent study approach assisted by academic supervisors. This will be the case for learning outcomes 1-6. The module leader will assist the students to identify academic supervisors who are experts in particular areas of interest. Also, students will be provided with assistance with regards to internal processes i.e. ethics application and will be directed to appropriate resources i.e. library services, external collaborators for research projects etc.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments: there will be a number of formative assessments staged throughout the module to assist in measuring your progress and identify areas needing further support. These will be delivered by academic project supervisors and will include feedback on drafts of work i.e. initial project area/literature review, project proposal, methods and analysis plans, ethics application, project portfolio, oral project presentation, dissertation chapter drafts etc. A peer review activity will take place on week 5 where you will have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback on a draft of your reflective protocol. An oral presentation will take place in week 8 where you will have the opportunity to present your progress and receive feedback from your peers and academics.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place in weeks 6 and 14 of this module. Summative assessment will be applied to this module through two pieces of assessment work. First summative assessment in week 6 comprises a written project proposal/reflective portfolio (word limit of 4000), which assists the student in research design and preparation, and contributes 20% to the assessment. Second summative assessment comprises submission of a final dissertation (word limit of 4,000) in week 14, worth 80% of the module assessment written in a style of a scientific paper.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Face To Face Lecture 2
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 3
Face To Face Project Supervision 15
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1,2 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Dissertation 80 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will conduct an independent piece of research, either as a practical laboratory-based project, or a piece of qualitative research (e.g. interviews, focus groups, surveys). This involves design, development and implementation of a programme of research in a particular field of study relevant to your programme of study. You will critically analyse data/information generated, and communicate the outcomes in a written report, which will develop your skills in scientific writing. This will give you experience in summarising information and presentation skills.
This module includes: Structured on-line literature searches. Literature review. Project formulation. Hypothesis generation. Experimental design. Development of practical skills/research technique. Data generation/collection and analysis. Use of appropriate statistical analysis. Evaluation of findings, critical analysis, synthesis and conclusions, with reference to supporting literature. Communication of original research results in a report written in the style of a scientific paper.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Design, plan and implement a valid research project
LO2: Generate a hypothesis, and devise suitable protocols in order to test that hypothesis
LO3: Collect and analyse data, or metadata, in a rigorous manner
LO4: Exercise appropriate self-reliance, initiative and time management
LO5: Apply valid investigative principles to the analysis and solution of practical problems
LO6: Evaluate, critically reflect and communicate the original research results through the production of a fully referenced report in the style of an original research article in a relevant scientific journal.

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