Research Methods


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).

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Content

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

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 58
Independent 110

Guidance notes

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.