Research Study Preparation - SPOR5730

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Carol Smyth checkmark-circle


This module will take students through the research study design process. In collaboration with a member of staff (supervisor), students will design and produce a research and ethics proposal that will be carried out at Stage 3 as their Dissertation Project. Sufficient detail and rigor in this module should allow dissertation projects to be undertaken at the start of Stage 3.


Contact hours

Lectures – 6 hours per annum; Writing clinics – 4 hours; Supervisor appointments - 12 hours (approximately)

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

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

Creswell, J. (2009). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lynch, C. (2010). Doing you research project in sport. Exeter: Swales and Willis

Field, A., Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who take full advantage of the opportunities made available to them will, on successful completion of the module, be able to:

12.1 Complete an appropriate literature search associated with your chosen topic of study using primary and secondary sources;
12.2 Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of devising a clear specific and testable research question that can be realistically addressed within the limitations of undergraduate study;
12.3 Work collaboratively with a recognized expert in your area of research interest;
12.4 Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical concerns of research within your subject specialism.


  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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