SP6006 - Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of interest to you in sport and exercise science. You will use the knowledge and skills developed by the two prerequisite modules in sport and exercise science (Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science and Research Design and Analysis) or the prerequisite module in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Research Methods) to inform your independent piece of individual research.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through independent completion of a research project, the topic of which is relevant to your program of study and chosen by you.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be guided and advised formatively through every stage of the process by an academic staff member who acts as your supervisor. The guidance generally takes the form of face-to-face tutorials, but can also include, telephone and email correspondence and training in methods of data collection relevant to your project. In addition to specific-supervisor support, there are taught-generic sessions on module structure, processes of ethical approval, data analysis and how to write up your dissertation. There are also many resources including a detailed step-by-step guide to the dissertation hosted on the module’s eLP site.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to :

1. achieve critical and in-depth knowledge of a chosen topic acquired through personal-independent research communicated in the form a written thesis.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to :

1. conceptualise, plan and manage your independent research project adhering to relevant codes of conduct and in a manner consistent with the standards of professional sport and exercise scientists.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to :

1. explore a novel research problem identified from a critical overview of current knowledge while adhering to prescribed ethical standards.

How will I be assessed?

You will produce a written account (dissertation thesis) of an independently-conducted research project that includes a brief evidence-based background and statement of the research problem (introduction), an in-depth-critical review of literature in the field of study (literature review), a description of the research design, tools and analytical techniques used to investigate the problem (methods) and a summary and interpretation of the research findings (results, discussion and conclusions).

Formative feedback on the value of the question, planned design and analysis techniques and basic structure of the final thesis will be ongoing throughout the project and provided by the your supervisor.

Summative feedback is provided by two expert markers of the final thesis (who mark separate copies independently). Feedback is provided after confirmarion of final degree outcomes.

All module learning outcomes are addressed.


SP0409, SP0580



Module abstract

This module is an independently conceived and conducted research project into an area of interest to you, and relevant to your program of study, that culminates in an academically- written account of your investigation in the form of a dissertation thesis.

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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