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Module Title
Research Project

data collection; systematic review; critical analysis and evaluation

SCQF Points45
ECTS Points22.5
CreatedSeptember 2002
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedSeptember 2015
Version No.3

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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stages 1-3 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module aims to have students produce a report which evaluates all aspects of the research process and which indicates future recommendations.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Critically review a body of literature integral to a research project.
2. Produce a detailed and justified account of the methods employed for a research project.
3. Analyse and interpret raw data and present results appropriately.
4. Discuss the data obtained in relation to the research question, existing literature and current practice.
5. Produce a conclusion which evaluates relevant aspects of a research process and includes future recommendations.

Indicative Module Content

Critical review of literature and managing the research process; review of common constraints of, and strategies for, working within the boundaries of sport and exercise science based research; ethics related to research; developing and piloting research methods; statistics and research design.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Research design, testing, analysis and write up

Private Study


Mode of Delivery

A small number of tutorials and lectures will be provided. In addition, each student will be allocated a project supervisor from whom he/she will receive support and relevant advice. The meetings will be initiated by the student and the supervisor will act as a facilitator.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

Research Dissertation

Indicative Bibliography

1.THOMAS, J.R. NELSON, J.K. AND SILVERMAN, S.J., 2010. Research methods in physical activity. 6th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.PALLANT, J., 2013. SPSS survival manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS. 5th ed. London: Open University Press.
3.BAZELEY, P., 2013. Qualitative data analysis: Practical strategies. London: Sage.

Additional Notes

Each individual student will be allocated 8 hours of supervision once they have reached the point at which they are able to commence data collection. Supervision will be provided up to this point as required usually in a group format.

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