Research Methods - SS836

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn and Spring
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7 45 (22.5)







Research is a systematic process to investigate a specific question. It establishes new knowledge and allows us to refine or test applications of existing knowledge. It is important to provide support based on the best available evidence, and to ensure that interventions are based on the latest knowledge and developments in the field. This module provides you with the tools to design and evaluate research, culminating in a research proposal that can be conducted for your MSc dissertation.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 406
Total study hours: 450

Method of assessment

Data Analysis & Reporting Exercise – 50%
Research Proposal – 50%
Safe Lab and Human Testing Induction and Competency (pass/fail: note: this is a compulsory pass component).

Indicative reading

Burns, R. (2000). Introduction to Research Methods. London: Sage.
Creswell, J. (2013). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th Edition, London: Sage
Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (2012) Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Methods. 4th Edition, London: Sage.
Field, A. (2013) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. 4th Edition. London: Sage
Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to Read A Paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine, 5th Edition, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Hulley, S. B et al. (2013) Designing clinical research. 4th Edition, London: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Weir, J. P. and Vincent, W. J. (2012) Statistics in Kinesiology, 4th Edition, Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Williams, C. Wragg, C. (2004) Data analysis and research for Sport and Exercise Science. London: Routledge.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Analyse critically the methodological assumptions and approaches to existing research in the relevant subject area
2. Critically evaluate the process of research in the relevant subject area
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations involved in research design in the relevant subject area
4. Select and apply data analysis techniques used in research

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate communication skills.
2. Apply information technology and numeracy in a research context.
3. Demonstrate problem solving and the ability to plan and manage learning

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