The main objective of the module is to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to be able to undertake and interpret research (both quantitative and qualitative) within the areas of sports studies. An underlying theme will also be the development of students’ presentation skills
Introduction to statistical packages (Minitab/ SPSS) on networked PCs: reading and entering data, SPSS commands; saving, inputting and printing the SPSS worksheet, tables and simple statistical and graphical analysis. Introduction to statistical support software (e.g. Stats for the terrified). Types of numerical data. Exploring data for the underlying distribution. Difference testing for two groups/conditions (both parametric and non-parametric). Correlation (both parametric and non-parametric)
1. Introduction to research in sports studies2. Types of research.3. Qualitative research.4. Quantitative research.5. Link of a research topic to an appropriate methodology, and possible value of using quantitative data in qualitative research.6. Epidemiological research.7. Developing research questions that are based on and build upon a critical appraisal ofexisting research.8. Preparing a research proposal.9. The practicalities of research, including setting and achieving realistic goals, planning,working in a team, using resources, and good presentation skills.10. Recognise ethical issues and learning to complete paperwork to advisory and ethicscommittees.11. Writing an abstract.12. Writing and reporting a review of research.
Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, laboratory practicals, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning
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