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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 12/08/2022 11:06:23

Title of Module: Sport & Exercise Dissertation

Code: SPOR10053 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Lawrence  Hayes

Summary of Module

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills on an aspect of independent research relevant to their degree programme.  The module will build upon the theoretical knowledge and practical skills, developed from previous modules undertaken, that are essential in carrying out a research project (i.e. project design, data capture, data analysis and evaluation).

This module will assist the student in the development of key 'I am UWS Graduate Attributes' to allow those that complete this module to be:


  • Critical Thinker 

  • Emotionally Intelligent 

  • Collaborative 

  • Organised 

  • Engaged  

Work Ready: 

  • Problem-solver 

  • Motivated 

  • Potential Project Leader 

  • Time management 

  • Positive attitude 


  • Innovative 

  • Resilient 

  • Transformational 

  • Self-aware

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Acquire experience of researching an identified question using knowledge and understanding acquired in the programme of study.

L2. Devise and sustain an independent project to develop new areas of knowledge and skills as necessary.

L3. Prepare a critical review of literature to identify a research question.

L4. Collect, collate, analyse, and present data in a scientific manner.

L5. Communicate research findings using appropriate terminology to maintain audience interest and understanding.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the methods required to design a research project.

Demonstrating critical understanding of data capture and analysis relevant to the research project.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Using a significant range of research skills to justify the choice of research project.

Designing a research project to capture data which can be analysed to meet the aims/objectives.

Executing an analysis and synthesis of the data captured for the research project.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critically identifying, defining, conceptualising and analysing complex problems and issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Presenting or conveying, formally and informally, information related to data captured.

Using a range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose.

Interpreting, using and evaluating numerical and graphical data to set and achieve aims/objectives.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in undertaking data capture and analysis but also work as part of a project team.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:

Module Title:
Sport Research and Evaluation
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning approach will utilise a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Core theoretical content will be predominantly delivered through a series of asynchronous online materials, including recorded lectures. Synchronous delivery will include supervisor-led tutorials and other tutorial support activities. Much of the learning will be achieved through directed independent study.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Personal Development Plan10
Independent Study356
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Armstrong, L.E. and Kraemer, W.J. (Ed’s). (2015). ACSM's Research Methods. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Bird, S.R. (Ed). (2019). Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. 1st edn. New York, Routledge. (e-book).

Bishop, P.A. (2019). Measurement and evaluation in physical activity applications: exercise science, physical education, coaching, athletic training, and health. 2nd edn. New York, Routledge. (e-book).

Bryman, A. (2016) Social Research Methods. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Field, A (2013) Discovering Statistics using SPSS. 4th edn. Los Angeles: Sage.

Nelson, L., Groom, R. & Potrac, P. (2014) Research Methods in Sport Coaching. Oxon: Routledge.

Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2016) Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Oxon: Routledge. (2021) (Accessed: 20 January 2021). (2021) (Accessed: 20 January 2021). (2021) (Accessed: 15 March 2021). (2021) (Accessed: 15 March 2021).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

Attendance at synchronous module tutorials and supervisor meetings/tutorials, completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorDave Grant
External ExaminerE Bradley
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment will require students to complete a written dissertation and a presentation.

Assessment 1. Dissertation
Assessment 2. Presentation
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark 700

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation    check mark300
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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