SE230-5-SP-CO:
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

The details
2024/25
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
15
20 April 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C600JS Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C600NS Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607JS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C607NS Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C680 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
BSC C681 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC C682 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will build upon your knowledge and skills to understand, appraise and plan research in sport and exercise. You will develop your understanding of different methodologies, research designs, and data analytical techniques, including their strengths, limitations and applications.


You will develop your skills in using library and online resources for scientific research, and your ability to critically appraise published work and how it can be used to inform applied practice in sport and exercise. You will also gain practical experience analysing and interpreting data. Overall, the module will equip you with knowledge and skills required for your final year research project.

Module aims

The overall aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the planning and conducting research within sport, exercise, and health, along with your ability to critically appraise research and successfully employ a range of analytical techniques.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies used in sport and exercise

  2. Demonstrate an ability to formulate research questions and hypotheses

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the design of research in sport and exercise

  4. Select, apply and interpret appropriate analytical techniques

  5. Clearly and concisely communicate the findings from different analytical techniques

Module information

Indicative content:



  • Identifying and appraising evidence

  • Translating evidence to practice

  • Developing research questions and designing scientific investigations

  • Research ethics and academic integrity

  • Qualitative methods and analytical techniques

  • Quantitative methods and analytical techniques

  • Examples of analytical techniques in sport and exercise research

  • Scientific report writing

Learning and teaching methods

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed including large group teaching, computer practical classes, small group seminars/tutorials, and online materials. Lectures will introduce and discuss key topics and techniques, and will involve some interactive elements (e.g., quizzes, small group discussions).

Practical classes will provide further opportunities for discussions, but also experience of running and interpreting analytical techniques. Worksheets will be provided and online quizzes used to check understanding and provide formative feedback. Small group sessions will allow in-depth discussions on key topics and provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills related to their final year research project. Key readings will be provided via TALIS.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Written Exam  Online exam (open book) via Moodle     100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carly Wood, email: cjwood@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Mike Rogerson
cjwood@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Dr Jen Burbage
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head (Students)
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information

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