This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific experimental trials, including observational studies (cohort, case-control and cross-sectional) and randomised and non-randomised controlled trials. You will learn project management techniques, core methodological features of experimental trials and gain experience in conducting primary research. You will also be exposed to the range of analytical techniques used to generate results and aid in the interpretation of study findings. These skills will prepare you for the level 5 research module which takes a closer look at randomised controlled trial design and for the independent research project that you will undertake in your final year.
The learning outcomes for this module are:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of planning experimental research on a topic within the field of sports and exercise/therapy
- Undertake experimental research on a topic within the field of sports and exercise/therapy
- Communicate accurately and reliably the findings from an experimental trial on a topic within the field of sports and exercise/therapy
The learning outcomes for this module will be assessed with a 15 minute presentation. During the seminars you will be planning and conducting an experimental trial as a group. You will be required to individually write up the findings in the form of an academic poster.
- Based on previously published work you will design and conduct an experimental trial in groups as part of your module delivery
- You will need to formulate the null and alternate hypothesis, and think carefully about the studies methodological features
- Once you have conducted the research, you will need to create an academic poster (template provided) to communicate the findings