The aims of this module are to; (i) Provide the student with an understanding of computer and network applications relevant to the sports science sector, scientific research and industry; (ii) Provide the student with the skills to use desktop computers, networks and applications appropriate to the sports science sector and applied science research and industry; (iii) Provide an understanding of, and the ability to create visual presentations pertinent to sports science and applied science research and industry; and (iv) Provide the skills to communicate professionally in a technical and scientific capacity to individuals, teams and groups.
Introduction to Computer and Network Technology:
Types of computer, hardware and software, motherboard, storage devices, input devices, output devices, memory, system software, applications software, networks and multimedia.
Using a Desktop Computer:
Configuration of User Environment and Applications. Managing files and folders. Running programs and applications.
Introduction to web based communication. Searching and sourcing information from the internet and other sources.
Word processor concepts. Correcting and amending text-copy. Formatting and printing. Graphics and Tables. Symbols and Equations. Integration of content from applications such as Spreadsheets.
Spreadsheet concepts. Worksheet Design, Formatting and Editing. Formulae. Creating Graphs and Charts. Presentation of output. Printing.
Effective oral/visual presentation skills:
Preparation of material for oral report. Planning and preparation of effective visual aids. Delivery of short oral presentation with scientific content.
Library and Internet resources:
Library orientation. Sourcing books and journals, On-line library facilities. Sourcing scientific information on the web; subject guides, search engines.
Introduction to scientific journal publications:
Overview of key journals in course subject areas. Familiarisation with structure of review and technical scientific publications.
Citation and referencing methods:
Citation and referencing methods: Introduction to methods of citation. Student preparation of formatted reference listing from various publications provided.
Literature reviews and guides to compiling relevant information. Organisation of report. Overview of key sections of a scientific report. Use of symbols, tables, graphs, illustrations and appendices. Student analysis of sections of scientific reports.
Definition of plagiarism. Best practice in avoiding plagiarism when researching. Avoiding plagiarism in report writing. Consequences to plagiarising.
The scientific process:
Overview of the process of science, from hypothesis and theory to experimentation, peer review and publication. Uncertainty in experimentation.
Preparation of curriculum vitae and interview skills:
Key elements of curriculum vitae- layout and presentation Preparation for job interviews – sourcing company information – interview technique.
A programme of workshops to educate students in the above skills and competencies will be run concurrently with lectures. These include 8 x 2-hour computer laboratory, 2 X 2 hour oral presentation session, 1x 2-hour library session, 1X 2 hour CV and Interview techniques session.Techniques and topics to be addressed include:
Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning
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