Research Methods - SS575

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR S Winter







A synopsis of the curriculum
Introduction and knowledge check
Independent and paired t-tests
Regression analysis
Further regression analysis
Qualitative research
Independent ANOVA
Factorial ANOVA
Repeated measures ANOVA
Non-parametric data


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Contact hours

A variety of strategies will be used including formal lectures, group seminars, SPSS workshops and directed reading tasks. Time management and planning will be promoted through the workshops programme and assessment. Contact hours: 26 hours split into; x10 1 hour lectures, x1 1 hour formative test, x3 1 hour seminars and x6 2 hour SPSS workshops. The remainder will be devoted to private study focused on wider reading to develop material received in lectures, preparation for future sessions and work towards assessment by coursework. The remainder of the 150 total study hours will allow students to focus on wider reading and inquiry to develop and reinforce deeper understanding of the topics covered in lectures, preparation and execution of the research investigation. It will allow the students to develop time management skills, library and information and retrieval skills.

Method of assessment

Coursework: Research Report 100%
Research Study Participation (3 hours) 0% Pass/Fail

Indicative reading

Field, A. (2005). Discovering statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.
Creswell, J. (2009). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Coakes, S.J. and Steed, L.G. (2003) SPSS: Analysis without anguish version 11.0 for
Windows. Australia: Wiley and Sons.
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. (2005) Research Methods in Physical Activity. (4th Ed.)
Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Williams, C. Wragg, C. (2004) Data analysis and research for Sport and Exercise Science.
London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able:
12.1 Analyse the strengths and weaknesses associated with selected research methods;
12.2 Identify and interpret descriptive, graphical and inferential statistics that inform answers to specific research questions concerned with both simple and complex research designs;
12.3 Conduct a variety of statistical analyses using the computer software SPSS and communicate an interpretation of the output in a written research report format;
12.4 Familiarise themselves with the workings of a research study through voluntary participation in a project.

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