Module details for 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 66
Independent 100
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.