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1Academic ServicesAugust 2018Solent UniversityCoursework Assessment BriefAssessment Details Module Title:Research Methods and StatisticsModule Code:HES702Module Leader:Scott BurnetLevel:7Assessment Title:PRESAssessment Number:2Assessment Type:Individual PresentationRestrictions on Time/Word Count:20 min (10 min presentation and 10 min questions)Consequence of not meeting time/wordcount limit:It is essential that assignments keep within the time/wordcount limit stated above. Any work beyond the maximumtime/word length permitted will be disregarded and notaccounted for in the final grade.*Individual/Group:IndividualAssessment Weighting:50%Issue Date:Week beginning Monday 7th June 2021Hand In Date:Thursday 1st July 2021 – please sign up for a presentation viathe Scheduler app on the HES702 SOL pagePlanned Feedback Date:Friday 9th July 2021Mode of Submission:Online (MS Teams)Number of copies to be submitted:1Anonymous MarkingThis assessment:(a) This assessment will not be anonymously marked. Assessment TaskOverviewYou are required to work on a small-scale, clinical exercise science research project using somepre-existing data concerned with the blood lactate response in patients with and without ischemiafollowing an incremental exercise test (i.e. CPX text). The data can be found on the HES702 SOLpage (Assessment tab). The presentation will last 10 min, with 10 min of questions. Theresearch question MUST have a study design that involves some form of experimental or correlationaltest (i.e. look for a difference or a relationship). You cannot simply undertake descriptive statisticsunless there is sound justification for doing so.The DataYou should import the SPSS file directly into JASP and analyse it appropriately. Please note that thisdata has missing values and these need to be removed or factored into the analysis.The Process2Academic ServicesAugust 20181.Identify a research problem / issue.2.Review the literature related to the data (i.e. ischemia and blood lactate)3.Develop a research question and aim.4.Gain an understanding of the method used.5.Analyse your data accordingly.6.Prepare your presentation.7.Deliver your presentation.————————————————————————–The 10 min presentation will consist of the following:Title slide: A summary of your research area (not your research question)Introduction▪ Detail the research issues / problem;▪ Rationale (i.e. why is it worth investigating?);▪ Aim (i.e. what you intend to do?)Method▪ Demographic details (i.e. sample group characteristics)▪ Sampling technique▪ Study design (e.g. experimental, correlation, grounded theory)▪ Independent variable(s) and dependent variables▪ Protocols used (e.g. Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test, semi-structured interviews,Health Survey for England)▪ Reliability and validity data to support the protocols used to collect the data▪ Analysis techniques (e.g. t-test or hierarchy of themes)Results▪ Presentation of descriptive statistics and inferential or correlational statistical findings▪ Present data in graphical or tabulated formats.Discussion▪ Statement of the aim▪ Link findings back to the existing literature▪ Concluding statementReference list▪ Harvard referencing formatTo maximise the likelihood of obtaining a higher mark please note the following:▪ To have a more informed opinion on the area of research you need to read the existingliterature. The more you read, the more informed your opinion is going to be.3Academic ServicesAugust 2018▪ Ensure that you are comfortable with the terms validity and reliability and that youjustify the choice of tests and protocols selected.▪ Hard work doesn’t always result in high marks so work smartAssessment Criteria4Academic ServicesAugust 2018 Introduction: Background & rationale for the investigation – 20%A1-A2A3-A4B1-B2-B3C1-C2-C3D1-D2-D3F1F2-F3S – NAn exceptionally criticaloverview of the topic basedon relevant theory andresearch in the area isdemonstrated with anexemplary rationale whichleads to exceptional aimsand objective, hypothesesand researchquestion. Academicpublication quality.An excellent criticaloverview of the topic basedon relevant theory andresearch in the area. Anexcellent rationale whichleads to excellent aims andobjectives, hypothesesand research question.A thorough criticaloverview of the topicmostly based on relevanttheory and research in thearea is demonstrated witha thorough rationale whichleads to appropriate aimsand objectives,hypotheses and researchquestion.A satisfactory, somewhatcritical overview of thetopic, which is partly basedon relevanttheory. Subject specificresearch leads to asatisfactory rationale whichgenerally leads tosatisfactory aims andobjectives, hypotheses orresearch question,although some errors oromissions may beevident.A mainly descriptiveoverview of the topic areais demonstrated based onminimal relevant theoryand research in thearea. Acceptablerationale, aim(s),objectives and hypothesesare presented, but theremay be some major errorsor omissions in thejustificationThe overview of the topicarea is unacceptable withno real relevant theory orresearch basis. No reallevel of understanding isdemonstrated.An exceptionally weak orirrelevant overview of thetopic area is provided withsubstantial errors.No introduction (or nogenuine attempt at anintroduction) has beenincludedMethod: Approach taken to collect your data – 20%A1-A2A3-A4B1-B2-B3C1-C2-C3D1-D2-D3F1F2-F3S – NExceptional approach thatdemonstrates highlydeveloped, criticalunderstanding ofmethodological issueswhich results in a flawlessmethod of achieving theaims and objectives whichis convincingly justified.Could be very easilyreplicated. Academicpublication quality.Excellent approach thatdemonstrates developed,critical understanding ofmethodological issues,which results in anexcellent method ofachieving the aims andobjectives which is fullyjustified. Could be easilyreplicatedAccurate, clear &appropriate approach thatdemonstrates a thoroughunderstanding ofmethodological issues,which will achieve aims &objectives and containssound justification. Couldbe replicatedSatisfactory approach thatdemonstrates asatisfactory understandingof methodologicalissues. Aims andobjectives could mainly beachieved. Somejustification is provided, butthere may be some minoromissions or errors.Some flaws evident in theapproach, but main issueshave been addressed &links to aims & objectivesare evident. Anacceptable understandingof methodological issues isshown. There is atendency to be vague andthere may be errors oromissionsFlawed approach with nojustification and inaccurateunderstanding ofmethodologicalissues. Aims andobjectives cannot beachieved throughproposed methodLargely inaccurate orincomplete approach thatfails to adequately presentan acceptablemethodology. Clear lackof understanding ofmethodological issues isshown.No method (or no genuineattempt at an method) hasbeen includedResults: Appropriate presentation and analysis of data/fieldwork/information gathered – 20%A1-A2A3-A4B1-B2-B3C1-C2-C3D1-D2-D3F1F2-F3S – N 5Academic ServicesAugust 2018 Exceptional;analysis/presentation ofdata – exceptional clarity ofexpression with acomprehensive andprofound interpretiveunderstandingshown. Academicpublication quality.Excellent, appropriateanalysis/presentation ofdata – clearly expressedwith a comprehensiveinterpretive understandingshown.Very good, appropriateanalysis/presentation ofdata that clearly identifiesand interprets all of thefindings.Satisfactoryanalysis/presentation ofdata with the main findingsidentified andinterpreted. May be someminor omissions orerrors.Superficialanalysis/presentation ofdata, but some importantfindings identified. Somemajor omissions or errorsare present though.Limitedanalysis/presentation ofdata that may beinaccurate. Inaccurateinterpretation provided.Weakanalysis/presentation ofdata. No valid findingspresented. Interpretationis not provided.No results section (or nogenuine attempt at aresults section) has beenincludedDiscussion of findings – 30%A1-A2A3-A4B1-B2-B3C1-C2-C3D1-D2-D3F1F2-F3S – NExceptional criticaldiscussion with highlydeveloped, valid anddetailed conclusions,limitations andrecommendations. Exceptional and insightful links toaims, objectives andpreviousresearch. Conclusions arecreative, original andconvincinglyargued. Exceptionalcritical evaluationevident. Academicpublication quality.Excellent criticaldiscussion with developed,valid and detailedconclusions, limitationsandrecommendations. Excellent links to aims, objectivesand previous research withsystematic and thoroughconclusionsgenerated. Excellentcritical evaluation evidentClear critical discussionwith robust conclusions,limitations and validrecommendationsmade. Strong links to aimsand objectives andprevious research. Goodcritical analysis/evaluationshown.Satisfactory discussion ofthe main findings &evaluated with some clearlinks back to aims &objectives & to previousresearch. Someconclusions, limitations &recommendations made,but these are limited.Basic discussion of mainfindings. Some acceptablelinks to aims andobjectives and previousresearch made, but theseare limited. Few or noconclusions, limitationsand/or recommendationsmade.Limited attempt to discussfindings in relation to aimsand objectives and/orpreviousresearch. Lacking inaccuracy with superficialinformation provided.Little or exceptionally weakattempt to explain anddiscuss findings.No discussion (or nogenuine attempt at adiscussion) has beenincludedOverall presentation of the report, along with the structure and coherence of the content – 10%A1-A2A3-A4B1-B2-B3C1-C2-C3D1-D2-D3F1F2-F3S – N 6Academic ServicesAugust 2018Assessment criteria Exceptional layout andstructure which is veryeasy to follow. Exemplaryacademic writing style andexemplaryreferencing. Academicpublication quality.Excellent layout andstructure which is easy tofollow. Excellent academicwriting style andcomprehensivereferencingVery clear layout andstructure. Very goodcontinuity and writing style.Very few errors of grammarand consistent & accuratereferencingGood layout, structure andcontinuity. Good writingstyle andgrammar. Largelyconsistent and accuratereferencingAcceptable layout &structure. Acceptablewriting style, grammar &referencing, although maycontain some errors.Layout and structure ispartly inappropriate anddisorganised. Limitedacademic writing style andgrammar. InaccuratereferencingInappropriate layout andstructure. Poor writingstyle andgrammar. Poor/noreferencingThe structure, presentationand coherence does notreflect the instructions setout above 7Academic ServicesAugust 2018Learning OutcomesThis assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identifiedin the module descriptors.1. Critically analyse and evaluate complex discipline-specific information and numerical datasets to formulate a research question2. Identify, plan, implement and critically evaluate numerical approaches to achieve desiredresearch aims.3. Verbally communicate the findings of your research question to an academic audienceLate SubmissionsStudents are reminded that: i.If this assessment is submitted late i.e. within 5 working days of the submission deadline, themark will be capped at 40% if a pass mark is achieved;If this assessment is submitted later than 5 working days after the submission deadline, the workwill be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero;If this assessment is being submitted as a referred piece of work then it must be submitted byii.iii. the deadline date; any Refer assessment submitted late will be regarded as a non-submissionand will be awarded a zero. CircumstancesThe University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedure is in place if there are genuine circumstancesthat may prevent a student submitting an assessment. If students are not ‘fit to study’, they can eitherrequest an extension to the submission deadline of 5 working days or they can request to submit theassessment at the next opportunity (Defer). In both instances students must submit an ECapplication with relevant evidence. If accepted by the EC Panel there will be no academic penalty forlate submission or non-submission dependent on what is requested. Students are reminded that ECcovers only short term issues (20 working days) and that if they experience longer term matters thatimpact on learning then they must contact the Student Hub for advice.A summary of guidance notes for students is given below: MisconductAny submission must be students’ own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from othersources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbookincludes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct.Students should check this link before submitting their work.Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below: Policy8Academic ServicesAugust 2018The work being carried out by students must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy. Where there isan ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then students will need an ethics release or anethical approval prior to the start of the project.The Ethics Policy is contained within Section 2S of the Academic Handbook: markingThe University uses a letter grade scale for the marking of assessments. Unless students have beenspecifically informed otherwise their marked assignment will be awarded a letter grade. More detailedinformation on grade marking and the grade scale can be found on the portal and in the StudentHandbook. for online submission through Solent Online Learning (SOL) of the moduleModules are evaluated by module tutors and students using a variety of tools and activities, in orderthat any identified change is supported by evidence obtained from all participants.This module will ideally be evaluated in week 7 or 8 via a questionnaire on SOL. The purpose of thequestionnaire is to allow all students to feedback on their thoughts regarding the strengths andweaknesses of the module.The module leader will use these evaluation forms, so your comments are very important to us so ifyou have any constructive feedback regarding any aspect of the module, please ensure you feed thisback to the module team via the methods outlined above.Module SupportIf you are experiencing any difficulty with the module or have any general concerns please feel free tospeak to the module leader or your seminar/practical tutor at any time. In addition, there are anextensive range of services available at Southampton Solent University to help you through the moduleand the programme. The library and the Student 1st centre both have specialist staff on hand to helpyou. For further information, please see the details below.Library supportAt Southampton Solent University the Mountbatten Library provides a wide range of books, journals,laptop hire and over 600 fully networked computers, along with access to scanners, colour printers andsoftware. A range of facilities such as reservation / renewal of books and on-line databases can beaccessed through the on-line library catalogue located within the library section of the Portal. Journalsand books not available in the Southampton Solent University library can be obtained through the interlibrary loan service. Subject librarian: Kate StephensonRoom: ML205, Mountbatten LibraryEmail: [email protected]Telephone: +44 023 8201 3986 (ex. 3986) The subject librarian is a point of contact for general and specific advice on locating learning resourcesfor your programme and modules (e.g. if you are having difficulty locating a specific book or journal,Kate can help).9Academic ServicesAugust 2018Help in acquiring information literacy skills can also be obtained through the university Portal, underlibrary or at the Students 1st information centre.This service is designed to assist students of all abilities. The Students 1st centre is centrally locatedwithin the University in RM050. The centre can be contacted as follows:Tel.: +44 (0)23 8031 9427Email: [email protected]Web:


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