General Details

Full Title
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Subject Area
PROJ - Project
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kenneth Monaghan, Eimear Donlon
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity

This module is intended to enable students to present primary and/or secondary data collected in relation to an aspect of human health, health promotion, physiology or nutrition.  Students will utilise skills and competencies they have acquired to report research findings in accordance with established academic practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a critical evaluative approach to a research project.


Source, interpret, review and apply appropriate and referenced literature from area of investigation.


Design methodologies to collect and statistically analyse relevant data where appropriate.


Interpret findings and apply appropriate recommendations as a result of the research conducted.


Present, promote and communicate the research project in a variety of forms.


Take direction, accept criticism and use supervisors feedback to work autonomously and responsibly within a defined time frame.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.

This will include a weekly meeting with your project supervisor.

A Research Guideline Document will be made available as a resource and Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (uploading your final project copy).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

The continuous assessment will involve 3 parts:

  • Final research project paper submission
  • Poster presentation and viva
  • Continuous assessment process

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • Establish a research framework within the allocated time frame.
  • Source, review and evaluate relevant literature in relation to the topic being investigated.
  • Develop research methodologies and practices. 
  • Conduct primary research in a scientific/health setting
  • Analyse and interpret data collected using statistical methods.
  • Present a research paper of the project to include the relevant sections as laid down in the research guidelines issued by the research co-ordinator within the programme.
  • Display, defend and critically appraise the project during a poster presentation. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Weekly tutorials/reflective logs/research journal. Formative Individual Project - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Final research project paper submission Project Individual Project 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Poster presentation of final research project Project Individual Project 10 % End of Semester 5
4 Oral Viva Project Interview 10 % End of Semester 1,5
5 Continuous assessment of progress/self direction Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial with supervisor 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study/empirical research within IT Sligo campus/field of interest 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-04-04 Statistics for the Health Sciences SAGE Publications
ISBN 9781849203364 ISBN-13 1849203369

This is a highly accessible textbook on understanding statistics for the health sciences, both conceptually and via SPSS. The authors give clear explanations of the concepts underlying statistical analyzes and descriptions of how these analyzes are applied in health sciences research without complex statistical formulae. The book takes students from the basics of research design, hypothesis testing, and descriptive statistical techniques through to more advanced inferential statistical tests that health sciences students are likely to encounter. Exercises and tips throughout the book allow students to practice using SPSS.

Required Reading
2019-05-11 Researching Health
ISBN 1526424290 ISBN-13 9781526424297

Saks and Allsops Researching Health offers a comprehensive introduction to research methods for healthcare students. The new third edition includes important theoretical updates, and further international content, with contributors covering a number of specialisms and providing perspectives on core topics from Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, and Spain. There are also 6 new chapters: Principles of Health Research Methods of Sampling in Qualitative Health Research Qualitative Data Analysis Using secondary data in health research Online research in health Evaluating health research The book is supported by case studies, end-of-chapter exercises, annotated further reading, and access to online resources for both students and lecturers, consisting of SAGE journal articles, web links, PowerPoint slides, and Teaching notes for each chapter.

Required Reading
2015-05-21 Research Methods in Physical Activity, 7E Human Kinetics
ISBN 9781450470445 ISBN-13 1450470440

Research Methods in Physical Activity, Seventh Edition, systematically guides students through the research process, introducing methods and tools specifically for kinesiology and exercise science disciplines, including the subdisciplines of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy. The seventh edition leads students and novice researchers to research competency with the distinctive humor that has become a trademark of this internationally recognized text.

Module Resources

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Additional Information

The total 10 credits for this module will be awarded in semester 6. Student allocation to Project Supervisors will take place at the start of Semester 6. The co-ordination hour for this requires to be allocated at the start of semester 5.