Dissertation - SS806

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 60 (30) DR J Hopker







The research projects are conducted with the supervision of an appropriate subject supervisor who will advise the student on issues such as methodology, analysis and presentation whilst the student takes responsibility for organising, conducting, analysing and presenting the research as required. The proposal for the study will have been approved as part of the research methods module.


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Contact hours

There is the expectation that contact hours between student and supervisor total 6 hours. This will be split into 3 hours during the Spring term and 3 hours during the Summer Term. The total number of study hours for this module is 300 in which the student will be expected to achieve the module’s intended learning outcomes.

Method of assessment

100% - Coursework - 10,000 – 13.500 word written report (Thesis).

Indicative reading

Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.
Altman, D.G. and Vincent, W.J. Statistics in Kinesiology, 3rd Edition, Illinois: Human Kinetics
Coakes, S. J., Steed, L. G. (2003). SPSS Analysis Without Anguish Version 11.0 for Windows. Australia: Wiley and Sons
Coolican, H. (1999). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. Hodder and Stoughton
Creswell, J. (2009). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd Edition, London: Sage
Greenhalgh, T. (2006) how to Read A Paper the basics of evidence-based medicine Third Edition Blackwell Publishing

Holliday, A. (2002). Doing and Writing Qualitative Research. London: Sage publications.
Hulley, S. et al (2007) Designing clinical research. 3rd Edn Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Nitoumanis, N. (2001). A Step-by-Step Guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies. London: Routledge.
Thomas, J, R., Nelson, J. K. (2001). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Williams, C., Wragg, C. (2004). Data Analysis and Research for Sport and Exercise Science: A Student Guide. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

12. The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate their relationship to programme learning outcomes:
12.1 Show the capability to carry out a reasonably substantive investigation and/or developmental enquiry
12.2 Critically appraise ideas and empirical findings in order to formulate research hypotheses that address a chosen research question,
12.3 Exemplify, and explicitly justify, the use of appropriate research and enquiry methods
12.4 Provide evidence of a critical and analytical approach to the collection, organisation and interpretation of scientific data,
12.5 Demonstrate an ability to undertake a study and critical evaluation of relevant background reading

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