Research Project and Skills in Sports Science

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
25 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C600JS Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C600NS Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607JS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607NS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The final year research project is an opportunity for you to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic relating to your degree specialisation. You will use the skills developed in the module to identify, with your supervisor, a suitable research question and then design an experimental approach to obtain data addressing this question. Your analysis and presentation of these data in a suitable scientific paper format report forms the main assessed component of this module. The second major component involves researching, understanding and writing critically about the scientific literature relating to your project work.

Module aims

The project will provide you with the opportunity to address a research question in depth and perform a coherent set of experiments. The project will also further develop your skills in experimental design, problem solving, scientific communication, team work and the analysis and interpretation of data. The planning and management of your project work, a reflection on your progress, and your employability (based on an updated CV, action plan, job application/advert and mock interview) will also be assessed.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need to be able to:

1) Develop a project plan, including the experimental, analytical and statistical methods to be used;
2) Demonstrate an understanding of the health and safety and ethical issues related to scientific research and undertake appropriate risk and ethics assessments;
3) Maintain a record of project work and data collection;
4) Demonstrate responsibility for personal time management and progress and for any necessary amendments to the project plan;
5) Communicate effectively by an oral presentation of project work
6) Produce an updated CV and action plan;
7) Address scientific questions on the background, methods, data and future direction from expert assessors;
8) Research the scientific literature relating to their Research Project area and present this information as an original critical review;
9) Carry out a research project and obtain sufficient data of good quality using appropriate experimental, analytical and statistical methods;
10) Analyse and interpret scientific data;
11) Communicate the outcomes of research effectively in a written report in scientific paper format;
12) Describe and critically evaluate data from research articles;
13) Refer appropriately to published work.

Module information

Project planning and management consists of (a) Project plan of 500 words (b) Team/individual risk assessment, informed consent and ethics proposal, weekly progress and planning reports

You will also be assessed on the skills that you develop in carrying out your project including your planning, management and organisation skills, as well as your reflection on your progress. You will be assessed on your oral project presentation skills and response to questions. An additional element is your employability portfolio (based on a job interview, reflection of the interview and resultant action plan), which will also be assessed.

Throughout the year we will also be running a range of compulsory and optional sessions giving you the chance to learn about a range of different career paths and to develop the skills and techniques you might need to be successful to securing your next steps.

Learning and teaching methods

Draft presentation opportunity with formative feedback provided Contact with project supervisor; students will work independently with further guidance and assistance as and when required. Attendance at SE309 Research skills and employability lectures and workshops


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Student Performance Mark    15% 
Coursework   CV, statement and covering letter    0% 
Coursework   Reflective statement and career action plan     5% 
Coursework   Oral presentation slides    20% 
Coursework   Written project report    60% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jo Barton, email:
All academic staff supervising SE309 Research Projects as allocated by the School
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 1256 hours, 23 (1.8%) hours available to students:
1233 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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