Sport Research Project


This module allows the student to undertake an independent research project. The project subject area should reflect the award title of the student.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the experience of designing and carrying out a research project in an area of the sport, health or physical activity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify a specific research problem sport, health or physical activity, and to develop an appropriate research design, methods of data collection and analysis

2.  Undertake relevant background research and produce an academic literature review for the study

3.  Effectively plan and implement the research study in the chosen topic within sport, health or physical activity

4.  Analyse and interpret the research findings of the study undertaken

5.  Communicate findings of the study undertaken

Indicative Content

1 Research project topics

Students select their research project topics with staff. Each student is allocated a supervisory tutor within the Division.

2 Supervisory sessions

Supervisory sessions will cover the identification of a research question; necessary elements of research design; the approach needed to prepare for and complete the research project; a range of appropriate research methods; appropriate statistical analyses; the structure of the research report; the interpretation of the research results; possible or probable conclusions; and the writing of the report.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students identify a topic both of interest and appropriate for research. There will small number of large groups sessions to outline structure and allow for additional support sessions such as statistics analysis, working with long documents. Through the use of individual supervision sessions the student is supported in the development of their understanding of and application of theoretical, conceptual and methodological options. This is assessed by the submission of a project (85%) and a series of 5 engagement targets (15%). Each engagement target is agreed and these exist in order to support students’ ongoing engagement, overall management and planning of the research process throughout the year.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 200
Independent 180

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.