Critical Enquiry and Evidence-Based Practice

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C6S612 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C6S624 Strength and Conditioning,
MSC C63012 Sports Therapy,
MSC C63024 Sports Therapy

Module description

This module will give students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities in critically evaluating study design, analysis and interpretation of research studies.

The module will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of different research methodologies in traditional research setting and within an applied environment.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to equip students with the ability to understand the research process so research can be applied in a strength and conditioning context.

Module learning outcomes

1. A critical understanding of the research process, including study design, analysis, and interpretation.
2. A systemic understanding of statistical analysis.
3. Demonstrate an advanced use of information technology for data handing, interpretation, and enquiry purposes.

Module information

Indicative syllabus:

Evidence-based practice and key issues in research methods in Strength and Conditioning
Developing the research problem
Levels of Measurement and Measurement Properties
Data Collection Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
Ethical Issues in Research.
Principles of Research Design 1
Principles of Research Design 2
Analysing Data 1
Analysing Data 2
Analysing Data 3

Learning and teaching methods

Online lectures will take place weekly. Seminars will support the online content where students will be able to discuss and actively participant in discuss and active practice to support their learning.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Four short answer questions/task     

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jamie Tallent, email:
SRES Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Thomas Ian Gee
University of Lincoln
Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning
Available via Moodle
Of 1 hours, 1 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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