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Module Title
Independent Study in Sport and Exercise Science

study skills; research; statistics

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2010
ApprovedJune 2010
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None (in addition to course entry requirements).

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module aims to provide students with the necessary skills for effective independent study, incorporating the use of information technology and evidence sources, and ability to reproduce information. The module will introduce concepts of research design to enable students to explain the designs behind research-based evidence sources.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Utilise library searching mechanisms to conduct a literature search.
2. Identify and describe various research paradigms and designs, and clarify the meaning of common research terminology.
3. Identify basic descriptive statistics.
4. Identify similarities and differences between information from different sources.

Indicative Module Content

Introduction to study skills: planning, organisation and writing skills including methods of avoiding plagiarism (e.g. paraphrasing, summarising and referencing), and following the regulations in the style manual (e.g. presentation requirements, word count policy); use of information technology including library catalogues, databases (searching for and accessing information), word processing software and plagiarism detection software; introduction to research methodologies, methods and experimental designs (both qualitative and quantitative); descriptive statistics, types of data, measures of dispersion and presentation of data.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Assessment preparation
Online Study Packs

Private Study


Mode of Delivery

Online study packs through CampusMoodle supported by tutorial sessions and IT workshops.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4


Indicative Bibliography

1.THOMAS, J.R., NELSON, J.K. & SILVERMAN, S.J., 2015. Research methods in physical activity. 7th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.WRAGG, C. & WILLIAMS, C., 2003. Data analysis and research for sport and exercise science: a student guide. London: Routledge.
3.WOOD, T & ZHU, W., 2006. Measurement theory and practice in Kinesiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
4.GREENHALGH, T., 2015. How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. 5th ed. London: Wiley Blackwell.
5.O'DONOGHUE, P. and HOLMES, L., 2015. Data Analysis in Sport. London: Routledge.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has participated in at least two research projects (either as a participant or an assistant).


Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781