Research Methods and Critical Enquiry

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
16 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C63012 Sports Therapy,
MSC C63024 Sports Therapy

Module description

The aim of this module will give students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities in critically evaluating study design, analysis and interpretation of research studies. The module will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of different research methodologies in traditional research setting and within an applied environment.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To equip students with the ability to understand the research process so research can be applied in a Sports Therapy context.

  • To explore data, approaches to collecting data and the issues surrounding validity, reliability and trustworthiness of data.

  • To experience and learn from the realities of planning and conducting research and interpreting findings, in an academic setting.

Module learning outcomes

  1. A critical understanding of the research process, including study design, analysis, and interpretation.

  2. A critical understanding of statistical analysis.

  3. Assess and interpret meaningful change.

Module information

Students will learn about evidence-based practice and key issues in research methods in Sports Therapy.

Topics will include:

  • Developing the research problem

  • Levels of measurement and measurement properties

  • Principles of research design

  • Data collection techniques in Sports Therapy

  • Ethical issues in research

  • Analysing quantitative and qualitative data

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  1. 2-hour lectures and accompanying slides. 
  2. 2-hour seminars.
  3. Weekly self-directed learning activities (e.g., articles, videos, blogs).


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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