Research Project

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
18 July 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake an in-depth piece of work focussed on a Sports Therapy topic of their choice.

The Research Project may take various forms of empirical research, employing different kinds of methods and methodologies such as surveys, interviewing or processing secondary data. The project provides an opportunity to apply the research methods covered during their course. Students are allocated an individual supervisor from within SRES to provide support and guidance as the project progresses.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students with the experience of how social researchers go about applying their skills and knowledge in an empirical investigation of a topic they find interesting.

  • To allow students to plan the organisation and timing of their work with a high degree of independence and self-motivation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Formulate a problem relevant to Sports Therapy.

  • Review relevant literature (this may be theory, research studies, official statistics, policy documents etc.).

  • Follow through an investigation which will involve designing a piece of empirical research (considering the key methodological issues, risks and ethical issues).

  • Incorporate relevant knowledge and skills from other parts of their degree including theoretical, methodological, analytical or substantive elements.

  • Use available evidence, develop an argument, and write up their material in a coherent and well-presented dissertation and produce a conference quality poster.

Module information

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Planning a research project and formulating a research question.

  • Proposal writing and ethics approval.

  • Writing an introduction and literature review.

  • Analysing and presenting data.

  • Writing up the project.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Five taught sessions to provide students with an overview of the practicalities of undertaking research, applying for ethical approval and writing a dissertation.

Students predominantly work independently under individual supervision from module tutors.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Project and Poster    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sally Waterworth, email:
Dr Sally Waterworth, Dr Louis Howe, Tracy Lewis, Kelly Peters, Sebastian Biggins
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
Of 26 hours, 2 (7.7%) hours available to students:
24 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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