Individual Research Study - SS504

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR A Pappous







The course takes the form of an individual research study. There are initially 4 taught lectures covering, ethical considerations and the management of a research project. The research projects are then conducted with the supervision of a School tutor who will advise the student on issues such as methodology, analysis and presentation, but it is the student’s responsibility to organise, conduct, analyse and present the research as required.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

4 x taught lectures followed by tutorials

Method of assessment

Students must produce an 8000 – 10000 word written report in the form of a thesis which will count for 100% of the final mark.

Indicative reading

Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.
Holliday, A. (2002). Doing and Writing Qualitative Research. Sage publications.
Coolican, H. (1999). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. Hodder and
Nitoumanis, N. (2001). A Step-by-Step Guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies.
Thomas, J, R., Nelson, J. K. (2001). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Human
Williams, C., Wragg, C. (2004). Data Analysis and Research for Sport and Exercise Science:
A Student Guide. Routledge.
Coakes, S. J., Steed, L. G. (2003). SPSS Analysis Without Anguish Version 11.0 for
Windows. Wiley

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

• Demonstrate an understanding of research investigation within sport
• Display an understanding of the main features of scientific and non- scientific investigation and presentation
• Appreciate the relative advantages and disadvantages of selected research methods
• Demonstrate knowledge and application of appropriate data analysis techniques
• Present research findings in an appropriate format
• Produce a 8-10,000 word dissertation suitable for 3rd year study

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