Practical Research Skills
Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Sam Oliver
Overall aims and purpose
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the research skills required to complete a research project. By the end of the module students should be able to answer basic research question(s) in a scientific report using data collection, analysis and interpretation skills learnt in the module.
Developing research question and hypothesis; designing and completing data collections; descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using SPSS; presenting statistics and data in tables and figures; scientific report writing.
Important: Module failure that prevents you passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC but expected to be second week of July 2018)
D- to D+ - Pass: Basic knowledge and limited understanding of research principles, design and statistics. Presentation of data is clear but may contain some errors. Statistical analysis is mostly correct. Only a basic interpretation of the statistical analysis is offered (e.g. limited discussion of practical significance). The work is organised but may contain some poor spelling and grammar.
A- to A - Excellent - Deep knowledge and understanding of research design, principles and statistics with excellent capacity to formulate and answer basic research questions. Excellent presentation of results and statistics. Correct statistics procedures performed with almost no statistics interpretation or calculation errors. Evidence of deeper understanding of some of the analyses (e.g. identification of assumptions and limitations, use of 1 or 2-tailed hypotheses, interpretation of the meaningfulness of the statistics). The statistical and practical findings of each analysis will be clear to the reader. The work is well organised and written with almost no typographical or grammar errors.
C- to C+ - Good – A good grasp of research principles, design and statistics demonstrating adequate knowledge and understanding with the capacity to formulate and answer basic research questions. Presentation of the data is clear. Mostly correct statistical procedures performed. Reasonable interpretation of statistical analysis but mostly surface level understanding shown (e.g. only the main finding of each analysis). This work is well organised but may contain a few spelling or grammar errors.
Be able to formulate and answer basic research questions
Be able to interpret the statistical outputs produced by SPSS
Be able to communicate data collected in a scientific report using appropriate statistics and figures or tables
Be able to analyse data with descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., mean and standard deviation, t-tests, correlation, simple regression, ANOVA) using SPSS for Windows
Be able to collect data in a systematic manner
MCQ (20% of module mark) assessing learning outcomes 1, 3, 5. This exam will be accessed and completed online through Blackboard.
|Written assignment, including essay||Practical Research Skills Assignment||
Assignment (80% of module mark) assessing learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This assignment consists of a group proposal and data collection and an individually written report.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Practical classes and workshops||2|
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
Resource implications for students
• Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K. and Silverman S.J. (2011) Research Methods in Physical Activity (6th Edition), Human Kinetics. (ISBN: 0736056203).
• Vincent, W.J. (2005) Statistics in Kinesiology (3rd Edition), Human Kinetics. (ISBN: 0736057927).
• Ntoumanis, N. (2001). A Step-by-Step Guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies. Routledge.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- CB69: BSC Sport, Health & Exercise Sci. year 1 (BSC/SHES)
- C651: BSC Sport- Health & Physical Educ year 1 (BSC/SHPE)
- C600: BSC Sports Science year 1 (BSC/SPS)
- C604: BSc Sports Science (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/SSIE)
- C602: BSC Sport Science (ODA) year 1 (BSC/SSOA)
- 2W68: BSc Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) (with Int Exp) year 1 (BSC/SSOIE)
- C608: MSci Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences year 1 (MSCI/SHS)
- C607: MSci Sport Science year 1 (MSCI/SS)
- C609: MSci Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) year 1 (MSCI/SSOA)