Research Study in Sport Sciences - SPOR5660

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Glen Davison checkmark-circle


The course takes the form of an individual research study. There are 4 taught lectures covering the management of a research project. The research projects are then conducted with the supervision of a department 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.


Contact hours

This will include 4 one hour lectures

Method of assessment

100% Written Report up to 10,000 words

Indicative reading

Berg, K. E. Latin, R. W (2007) 3rd Edn. Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation (3rd ed). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Berg, K. E & Latin, R. W (2008) 3rd Edn. Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.

Coakes, S. J., Steed, L. G. (2003). SPSS Analysis Without Anguish Version11.0 for Windows. Wiley: USA

Coolican, H. (1999). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. Hodderand Stoughton

Fallowfield, J. L., Hale, B & Wilkinson, D. M (2005) Using Statistics in Sport and Exercise Science Research. Lotus Publishing Chichester

Glatthorn, A. A & Joyner, R. L (2005) 2nd Edn. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step by Step Guide. Corwin Press: London

Gratton, C. Jones, I (2003) Research Methods for Sport Studies. London: Routledge

Holliday, A. (2002). Doing and Writing Qualitative Research. Routledge: London

Thomas, J, R., Nelson, J. K., Silverman, S. (2005). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL

Williams, C., Wragg, C. (2004). Data Analysis and Research for Sport and Exercise Science: A Student Guide. Routledge: London

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

12.1 To identify an appropriate research topic that makes a relevant contribution to the students programme of study.
12.2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts underpinning the chosen area of study.
12.3 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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