Research Methods, Design and Planning - SPOR5920

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Jake Bowd checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the analysis techniques required for their dissertation module, as well as how to develop a research idea into a formal study proposal.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours – 32
Private Study Hours - 268
Total Study Hours - 300

Method of assessment

* Data Analysis and Reporting Exercise (approximately 15 hours) - 50%
* Research Proposal (2,500 words) - 50%

Both the Data Analysis and Reporting Exercise and the Research Proposal are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

* Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using SPSS. 5th Edition. London: Sage.
* Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.
* Creswell, J.W and Cresswell J.D. (2018). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 5th Edition. London: Sage.
* Coakes, S.J. and Steed, L.G. (2009) SPSS: Analysis without anguish version 14.0 for Windows. Australia: Wiley and Sons.
* Dawson, C. (2019). Introduction to Research Methods. 5th Edition. London: Robinson.
* Fallowfield, J. Hale, B. Wilkinson, D. (2005) Using statistics in Sport and Exercise Science Research. Chichester: Lotus Publishing.
* Thomas, J.R. and Nelson, J.K. (2015) Research Methods in Physical Activity.(7th Ed.) Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
* Williams, C. Wragg, C. (2004) Data analysis and research for Sport and Exercise Science. London: Routledge

Learning outcomes

1. Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses associated with a range of research methods and enquiry.
2. Develop skills to Identify and interpret descriptive, graphical and inferential statistics that inform answers to specific research questions concerned with both simple and complex research designs.
3. Conduct a variety of statistical analyses and effectively communicate information in an appropriate format.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of sport sciences theory and critically evaluate the findings of relevant research literature, when devising a clear specific and testable research question.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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