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Undergraduate Course: Sport Science (Project) 3 (SPRT10032)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course allows the student to gain experience conducting a small-scale research project in sport and exercise science. Students will draw upon knowledge from exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sports psychology and/or skill acquisition, as well as from the previous research modules in order to attempt to answer a specific scientific question in sport or exercise.
Course description This module requires the student to construct a research proposal addressing a knowledge gap in the area of Sport Science, analyse data from an existing data set or collect their own data, and report the results. As part of this process, students will also consider risks associated with the project and apply for ethical approval. After a whole-cohort session at the start of the course to brief students about the research proposal, students will work in smaller groups with a member of academic staff. After the proposal has been formally assessed, the execution of the project will be supervised by a member of academic staff and, where necessary, supported by technical support staff within the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences.

This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance Science (HPS) (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 500 word research proposal (10%)
1 x 3000 word research project (90%)
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Discussion forum - Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment are be responded to by the course tutors for everyone to see.
Formative Feedback - Students will receive individual formative feedback in meetings with their supervisor. Academic staff and technical support staff will review the student's application for ethical approval, informed consent form and risk assessment.

Summative Feedback - Students will receive individual feedback on the research proposal and final report through Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse scientific literature in order to identify a knowledge gap in the area of Sport Science.
  2. Plan and execute a small-scale study that aims to answer a research question in the area of Sport Science.
  3. Work effectively, under guidance, and demonstrate the ability to deal effectively with challenges involved in carrying out original research.
  4. Analyse data using appropriate scientific methods.
  5. Present the results in a scientific report that adheres to scientific conventions.
Reading List
Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics. London: Sage

Thomas, J. R., Nelson, J. K. & Silverman, S. J. (2011). Research methods in physical activity. Leeds: Human Kinetics.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 19 of the 20 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree

(1) Understand the philosophy of scientific methods of enquiry in order to critically evaluate evidence and analyse research literature.
(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(3) Plan and execute research projects, involving data collection and analysis, which answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies.
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise

(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning.
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding.

(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding.
(10) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(11) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions
(12) Be able to initiate communication with non-university agencies connected to sport and exercise.

(13) Be able to plan and execute substantive research projects in sport and exercise sciences.
(14) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(15) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health.
(16) Be able to engage effectively with outside agencies to foster or develop research, consultancy or support initiatives.

(17) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(18) Be able to design, deliver and analyse the effects of training interventions in sport, physical activity and exercise.
(19) Be able to select and apply the appropriate statistical procedures to analyse empirical data.
(20) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions.
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Course organiserDr Martine Verheul
Tel: (0131 6)51 6554
Course secretaryMr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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