SCQF Level: 09
Module Code: SPS312
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This module will develop students’ ideas about research in sport, exercise, physical activity and health, enabling them to better understand and appreciate published research and design their own research project.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to design and carry out a research project (in their final year of study).
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Identify, refine and rationalise a suitable and appropriate research question
2. Critique published literature in the field of sport, exercise, physical activity and/or health
3. Construct an appropriate and ethical research design
4. Obtain practical research skills in preparation for data collection and analysis
1 The research process
Students will learn and engage in a research process by which they will come to understand the steps associated with planning and conducting a research process.
2 Formulating and refining research questions
Students will learn how research ideas are questions are generated and refined.
3 Research methodologies
Students will be exposed to various research methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative and mixed−methods) in order to develop an appreciation of diverse approaches to research in sport, exercise, physical activity and health.
4 Ethical issues
Students will develop an awareness of the key ethical issues associated with research in sport, exercise, physical activity and health.
5 Practical skill development
Students will be given opportunities to develop their practical research skills in their chosen discipline area.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Teaching and learning strategies will focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. The core content of the module will be delivered in lectures, with tutorials and practical sessions supporting students’ learning. Tutorials will encourage discussion, application of the content and assessment. Practical sessions will develop students’ research skills in an attempt to prepare them to carry out a research project. Students should also engage in tutor−directed tasks and self−directed learning activities (e.g. reading key texts and journal articles) to be completed outside of class time which will facilitate learning and assessment. Assessment will require students to apply their knowledge of research methods to an area that interests them. The mode of assessment will be appropriate to the wider research community in sport, exercise physical activity and health and Abertay graduate attributes.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||12|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.