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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module provides the student with an opportunity to undertake an experimentally-based (empirical) project that challenges or develops further a current concept or to propose a new concept related to sports performance. The project is the major component of independent work and draws on the knowledge, skills and competences developed in earlier modules.


Projects may be single or multidisciplinary in nature. A project may be undertaken by more than one student clustered around a central focus supervised by one or more members of the faculty staff. Normally, projects will challenge an hypothesis related to sports performance. The rationale for the hypothesis will have been developed within the context of the extant literature. An appropriate research design will have been developed within the Research Methods modules. Students may have competence in the experimental methods required to undertake the study or may be required to develop novel methods of enquiry as part of the project. Data analysis will draw primarily on the knowledge and skills provided in the Research Methods modules, though supervisors may introduce new methods of analysis where appropriate. Discussion and relevant outcomes will normally be presented in relation to the future development of sports performance.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Demonstrate an understanding of the current framework of research evidence related to the subject area of the project Recall and evaluate theoretical concepts related to a to the subject area of the project Recollect and discriminate between available techniques used in relation to the subject area of the project Draw upon and apply knowledge and skill acquired in previous undergraduate and current taught graduate degree programme to the subject area of the project

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Demonstrate an appreciation of independent research in the study of sports performance Show understanding of and value good research practice in undertaking research in sport performance Display an awareness of advanced analysis of research data related to the subject area of the project Demonstrate an appreciation of the interaction between biomechanical, nutritional, and physiological concepts related to the subject area of the project Demonstrate an awareness of the limitation(s) of experimental work with human subjects when undertaking research in a subject area related to sports performance

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Demonstrate proficiency in the techniques required to undertake empirical research into sports performance Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to organise and manage empirical research into sports performance

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

[S+C] Baechle, T.R. & Earle, R.W. (2000) Essentials of strength training and conditioning, NSCA (2nd edition). , Leeds, U.K., Human Kinetics.
[S+C] Cook, G. (2003) Athletic body in balance. Optimal movement skills and conditioning for performance. , Leeds, U.K., Human Kinetics.
[Video Analysis] Carling, C., Williams, A.M., and Reilly, T. (2005) Handbook of soccer match analysis , London, Routledge.
[Video Analysis] Hughes, M. & Franks, I.M. (2008) The essentials of performance analysis , London, Routledge.
[Biomech] Bartlett, R. (2007) Introduction to sport biomechanics, 2nd edition. , London, Routledge.
[Nutrition] Maughan, R.J. Burke, L.M. and Coyle , E.F. (2004) Food, nutrition and sports performance II. , London, U.K., Routledge.
[Physiology] Hargreaves, M. and Hawley, J. (2002) Physiological basis of sports performance , Sydney, Australia, McGraw-Hill.

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