Module Overview

Sports Management and Coaching Research Project - Theory

This module is taught in an application-oriented fashion employing socratic questioning and problem-based learning as central instructional methodologies. The main aims of this module are to provide learners with; - a detailed insight into the practicalities of choosing a research topic, refining that topic, gathering pertinent academic literature, critically reviewing that literature and constructing a cohesive literature review document. - a systematic and thorough knowledge of the theories and epistemological considerations intrinsic to research in a contemporary sports management and coaching context. - a detailed understanding of the steps contained in, and the iterative nature of, the research process. - a critical awareness of the specific tasks involved in, and the inherent challenges encountered during sports management and coaching research. - a comprehensive conceptual understanding and practical understanding of quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods. - an enhanced analytical capability to facilitate interpretation of qualitative and quantitative research data. - the opportunity to further cultivate critical thinking abilities, critical self-reflection faculties and synthesising skills in order to optimise their ability to undertake sports management and coaching research projects in a professional and effective manner.

Module Code

SMCO H4011

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to Research for Sports-related Studies

The Purpose and Objectives of Research Projects; Research Ethics; Legal Constraints; The Research Process

Formulating a Research Problem and Conceptualising a Research Design

Reviewing relevant literature; Formulating and Clarifying the Research Problem; Identifying Variables, Constructing Hypothesis; The Research Design; The Research Proposal;

Data Collection

Selecting a Data Collection Method; Using Secondary Data; Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a Research Instrument; Collecting Primary Data through Observation; Collecting Primary Data using Questionnaires; Collecting Data using Attitudinal Scales; Selecting a Sample; Negotiating Access; Ethical Issues in Data Collection; Collecting Qualitative Data;Ethnography, Case Study Research, Action Research, Interpretative Practice, Grounded Theory; NarrativeInquiry, Interviewing, Observation, Focus Groups

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100