Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
The Independent Project is the single largest piece of assessed work undertaken by the student and is designed to further develop the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course. The Independent Project provides students with an opportunity to conduct a sustained, intensive and independent investigation into an area of study and to present their findings in a formal manner in accordance with academic conventions and the requirements of the subject.
The Independent Project may vary considerably in focus and purpose. The diversity of disciplinary traditions reflected amongst the sport and exercise postgraduate courses (and within each of them) has resulted in a deliberately inclusive approach to the styles of Independent Project that are acceptable. These include: a) empirical investigation, where there is an emphasis on collection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation of primary data; b) desk study, where there is an emphasis on an extensive review of literature, with careful synthesis and critical evaluation of the source material; c) clinical or applied practice, where there is an emphasis on evidence, critical reflection and efficacy of current practice d) business plan, where there is an emphasis on evidence based proposals and clarity of presentation of ideas (NB These illustrative examples are not exhaustive, and other possibilities exist. The spirit of the Independent Project is to permit maximum flexibility for students whilst fulfilling the learning outcomes of the module - see below.) The size of the assessment is deliberately lower than is normal for such a module to ensure that assessment tasks have more relevance in the ‘real world’. For example the key write-up of the project is restricted to 5000 words making it more akin to a journal article or report. The initial submission is intended to be a proposal document and the final presentation may involve the presentation of the work as if to a non-specialised audience.
A student passing this module should be able to:... 1. identify an appropriate topic for investigation that reflects the aims of the named Course of study; 2. problematise the topic in order to develop a question (or set of questions) that are couched in a manner that is compatible with established good practice in the relevant discipline area(s); 3. apply an understanding of research and contemporary literature to address the particular research being undertaken; 4.select from a range of appropriate methods of enquiry those that are most suitable for the programme of study; 5. synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate a body of knowledge that informs the understanding of the area of study; 6. contextualise their own findings and views in relation to the established body of knowledge;
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
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