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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Physical Activity for Health) (SPRT11001)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation is a major piece of work that requires significant time and commitment from the student. Through the dissertation the student has the opportunity to identify a research or professional practice issue and undertake an independent research study to address it. This process will involve planning, execution, and interpretation and write-up of the study. Studies may be field, laboratory or desk based. Students will be supported through specialist research training clinics at the beginning of the process, and by a designated supervisor through individual and/or group tutorials. Additional research training will be provided through completion of Understanding Research Concepts (REDU11010) and Research Process (REDU11011) courses. Where appropriate, students will have the opportunity to link with existing research projects in this area.
Course description Specialist research skills clinics
Individual and/or group tutorials with designated supervisor
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Understanding Research (REDU11041)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 568 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Total mark for the course will be a weighted average of the three assessments.
Task 1 (30%) Literature review of topic (3500 words)
Task 2 (60%) Journal article style submission of research project including abstract and lay summary (5000 words)
Task 3 (10%) Reflection on the research project experience and application of research findings (1500 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students will be able to:
1.Undertake a significant piece of work demonstrating substantial autonomy, initiative and decision making
2.Identify and define a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation and justify its theoretical significance, professional relevance and practical feasibility
3.Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature, research reports and other scholarly evidence related to the identified topic of enquiry
4.Critically reflect on the ethical considerations of the project
5.Identify appropriate methodology and use it effectively to collect data in an ethical and responsible manner
6.Systematically analyse data collected using appropriate techniques.
7.Communicate the research plans and findings observing appropriate academic guidelines.
8.Reflect on the dissertation experience and how it has contributed to personal development and how the knowledge can be transferred to a professional context.
Reading List
Key texts for this course will be:
Coolican, H., (2009). Research methods and statistics in psychology. Hodder Education.
Field, A., (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
Specific readings from various journals include Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Sport Sciences.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsresearch project, physical activity for health
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ailsa Niven
Tel: (0131 6)51 6679
Email: ailsa.niven@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Brydie Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
Email: v1bjohn5@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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