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Assignment Brief for Sports Students 2022-23

Module Code & Title 5SR023 – Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
Module LeaderDr Paul DaviesModule Internal Moderator Professor Andy Lane
Assessment Weighting & Assessment Limits100% of module grade (2,500 words equivalent)Mode of AssessmentCoursework
Assessment TitleCoursework (Task 1 and Task 2)
Module Learning Outcomes AssessedLO1: Review and interpret subject-specific peer-reviewed research as it relates to your selected topic of interest. LO2: Appraise the methodological approaches used in past literature as it relates to your selected topic. LO3: Describe and justify the aims and rationale for your intended research project. LO4: Discuss and evaluate the proposed approaches, design, methods and expected outcomes for your intended research project.
The learning outcomes covered, weighting & assessment mode, MUST match those in the validated module guide
Any other Essential Information 

Submitting this assessment & getting feedback

When to submit the assessment 24 May 2023 (by 14:00)When you will be given your grade & feedback Usually within 4 weeks of submission
How to submit this assessmentOnline via  CanvasHow you will be given your grade & feedbackWritten feedback on Canvas, module sessions and tutorials with supervisors
When you are given your feedback you should make a note of how you will use it to improve a future assessment

Employability skills developed by this assessment

All assessments provide you with the opportunity to develop skills that are useful to employers. This assessment will allow you to develop the employability skills indicated below. This may include work towards the Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award (WEEA).
Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award (WEEA) Planning & Organising Problem Solving & Analysing Written Communication Verbal CommunicationTeamwork (Interpersonal Skills) Leadership Creativity Self-Awareness & Confidence General IT, Numeracy and Literacy

Academic misconduct & how to avoid it

The University takes any form of academic misconduct very seriously. No student should have an unfair advantage over another as a result of academic misconduct; whether this is in the form of plagiarism, collusion or cheating. When you are preparing your assessment, you need to make sure that all your information is accurate, that everything you hand in is your own work, and that you have referenced all of your sources properly. By submitting a piece of work, you are declaring to the University that it is your own, and you are responsible for ensuring it comes up to the required standards. It is solely the student’s responsibility to ensure that: – the correct (e.g. latest or final, finished) version of the file is uploaded; – the file submitted is uploaded to the correct Module and assignment link; – the file is in a format that can be opened on university computers, e.g.  .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt – NOT PAGES format. Any file submitted to an incorrect link or in a file format that cannot be opened on a university computer will count as a non-submission, even if it has been uploaded before the deadline. It is vital that you understand how to avoid academic misconduct as the maximum penalty for an offence is exclusion from the University. You should therefore consult the Student Union guidance on this. There are temptations on the internet for you to take “short cuts”. Do not be tempted to either commission work to be completed on your behalf, search for completed past academic work, or to cheat in other ways.

 What you need to do to complete this assessment

Task 1 for this assessment is the literature review (2,000 words) and is worth 60% of the module grade.  Assesses LO1 and LO2   Provide a review of the current literature related to your area of research. The literature review will:   •              Cover a topic related to research currently being undertaken in the Department of Sport.  You will be assigned a project supervisor based on the contact of your literature review, so your work MUST be linked to expertise within the department. •             Be linked to your interests within your studies. •              Utilise, review, and interpret appropriate peer-reviewed research (normally journal articles) related to the area of research. Think about your strategy for reviewing the literature. Which databases will you search? Which key words will you use? How are you focusing the literature review and area of investigation? To gather the research you should use key databases, such as SPORTDiscus. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or narrative reviews can be helpful as you gain understanding of the work already done on a topic. Remember, recent research in peer-reviewed journals will know about the older research. •              Explain and evaluate key concepts, theories and research findings that will underpin the project. Include literature that has supported and refuted the key ideas in the relevant theory. •              Follow a ‘general to specific’ structure (an inverse pyramid) that leads clearly to the research aim(s) and question(s). •              Group together information (journal articles) from multiple of sources to discuss each key issue related to the area of research. The use of sub-headings can help provide structure a literature review. DO NOT describe individual journal articles in a list-like sequence. •              Discuss and appraise the approaches, designs and methods used previously in key research into the subject area.   As a result of the content of your literature review, at the end of your assignment you should provide at least one suggestion for future research in the area. Such suggestions are often included at the end of peer reviewed journal articles. Your suggestion(s) for future research will form the basis for the research aim(s) and question(s) that you will develop for the second part of your research proposal (the second assignment task for this module).  
Assessment word limit adhered to and the reference list added correctly.
Have you added a reference list?
Task 2 for this assessment is the presentation (10 minutes plus questions) and is worth 40% of the module grade. Assesses LO3 and LO4   The presentation should be prepared on Microsoft PowerPoint and should cover the following points.   •                 An overview of the aims of your proposed project. This could include a statement of the proposed research question / hypothesis (where appropriate) as well as a broad overview of what you aim to do as your final year project. This MUST be linked to the staff research topics identified during the module. •                 Using information gained from your literature review provide a brief background to the project topic area. This should provide an evidence-based rationale for what you propose to do as your final year project. •                 Using information gained from your literature review identify the key research approaches, design and methodology that is likely to be used in your own project. Ensure you justify the decisions you make and show awareness of possible alternatives. For example, if you are planning a traditional project explain why you might use one particular design of project over another type.  •                 Where appropriate acknowledge issues such as reliability and validity, where they exist for your proposed methodology and state how you intend to address these issues in your own project. •                 Also, ensure you acknowledge how any data collected will be analysed – avoiding superficial or vague descriptions.  The approach to analysing data should be consistent with the research approach and particular design being planned. •                 If you are planning a literature review project, ensure you state the approaches you intend to take to collect data, if it is specifically a systematic review then you should demonstrate awareness of how these are undertaken, what directories are you planning to use to find literature and which approaches are needed to obtain, screen and appraise literature.  •                 If you are planning a resource-type project then you should aim to state what type of resource it will be (e.g. a training program intended for coaches or athletes, or for a specific sport), define the scope of the resource as well as state who the resource is intended for and what contribution it could make to those who it is intended for. •                 Finally, ensure you cover in your presentation what you think your final year project will achieve. This may link back to any research question or other preliminary statement made regarding the aims of the project.   
Presentation guidelines –   You will have 10 minutes to make your presentation so you should be aiming for approximately 6 slides (not including a title slide), although the actual number may vary.  Remember it is quality of content, not volume that is important.   Try to keep to the specified time; you will be stopped if you go over. Additional time will be allowed at the end for a small number of questions. Avoid reading from your slides; instead you should aim to discuss the content on each slide in a more general way.   Avoid ‘skipping ahead’ to talk about information that may be on a later slide.  Keep the discussion focussed on the content on your current slide.   Try to ensure you get the right balance of text and any images or graphics that may be used.  Avoid having too much information on each slide.   Full guidance on the presentation will be provided during the taught sessions during the module.    
You must submit a copy of your PowerPoint presentation by the submission deadline.  The presentation will then be arranged by the academic whose research area your chosen topic falls.  Scheduling for this will be confirmed closer to the time.  
Assessment limits adhered to

General assessment guidance

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