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PSY8078 : Sport and Exercise Psychology Project

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Max Stone
  • Lecturer: Dr Tracy Donachie
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aims of this module are to:

• Enable students to become confident in their ability to carry out and manage an independent piece of meaningful research relating to a sport and exercise psychology topic;

• Develop students’ academic skills in analysing and evaluating existing research findings, methods and theory;

• Provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate skills of data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of findings of an empirical piece of research;

• Facilitate the development of a range of professional and study skills to equip students for their future careers (employment/professional practice, professional training courses and higher degree courses) and to make them highly attractive to the stakeholders who provide these opportunities.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Syllabus is dependent upon the individual student’s dissertation project, however the following topics will be addressed:

- Project expectations, research agreement, and planning for success

- Conducting a literature review

- Writing a proposal

- Thinking ethically and preparing for ethical submission

- Writing up

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:3010:30Present in person to cover conducting a literature review, writing a proposal, ethical considerations, risk assessments, and writing up the project
Guided Independent StudyProject work1569:30569:30Students will be carrying out independent research including writing a proposal, completing quiz on ethics before applying for ethical approval, completing a risk assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisors will meet with students
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The students will develop a range of skills and will be trained to engage in research, producing an appropriate output in the form of their final project. Students will be fully engaged in the project selection and development through a dialogue with their project supervisors. They will gain hands-on experience of a range of techniques used in psychological research (appropriate to their own project) and will be required to produce a written sport and exercise psychology project.

Although students will receive detailed guidance in the form of a workshop and seminars to advise them on the process and completion of the project, in order to attain the intended learning outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in a significant amount of private study as outlined. This will include research-based fieldwork and practical experience in a range of psychological research techniques. The amount of hours spent on private study will vary with the individual project but should be approximately as outlined in the teaching activities.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M100An 8,000 words sport or exercise based empirical research project excluding references
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project is intended to test the ability of students to conduct a substantial independent project of postgraduate research in an area of interest to them. It allows them to demonstrate their skills in planning and organising their work, discovering and evaluating relevant materials, seeking out an appropriate methodology, considering ethical issues, collecting data rigorously and effectively and presenting their findings in a structured and analytical manner. It also allows them to demonstrate that they have acquired specialised knowledge in their area of research.

The module will also afford students the opportunity for formative practice and feedback. Students will gain written formative feedback on their ethics application prior to submission. Students will also have the opportunity to submit and gain tutor feedback on plans of their project sections (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1, 2, 3, & 4; Intended Skill Outcome 1-7).

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