|Prerequisites for Module|
None (in addition to course entry requirements).
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:
||Utilise library searching mechanisms to conduct a literature search.|
||Identify and describe various research paradigms and designs, and clarify the meaning of common research terminology.|
||Identify basic descriptive statistics.|
||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|
|Online Study Packs||48|
Mode of Delivery
Online study packs through CampusMoodle supported by tutorial sessions and IT workshops.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2,3,4|
|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.|
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).