Research Study in Sport Sciences - SPOR5660

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Samuel Smith checkmark-circle


The module takes the form of an individual research study. There are taught lectures covering the management of a research project. The research projects are then conducted with the supervision of a tutor who will advise the student on issues such as methodology, analysis and presentation. It is the student's responsibility to organise, conduct, analyse and present the research as required. The research project may comprise an experimental laboratory based dissertation, or a systematic review of the literature.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 12
Private Study Hours: 438
Total Study Hours: 450

Method of assessment

Coursework (Presentation) – 15%
Project (Dissertation 10,000 words) – 85%

Indicative reading

Creswell, J. (2013). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th Ed. London: Sage.
Dancey, C. P., Reidy, J. & Rowe, R. (2012) Statistics for the Health Sciences: A Non-Mathematical Introduction. London: Sage.
Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics. 5th Ed. London: Sage.
Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. 5th Ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Joyner, R. L, Rouse, W. A., & Glatthorn, A. A (2012) Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step by Step Guide. 3rd Edn. Corwin Press: London
Vincent, W. J. & Weir, J. (2012) Statistics in Kinesiology. 4th Ed. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

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Learning outcomes

1. Identify an appropriate research topic that makes a relevant contribution to the student's programme of study.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts underpinning the chosen area of study.
3. Select the most appropriate research methods, and produce an individual research study that is presented in the appropriate way


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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