Module JXH-1044:
Conducting Successful research

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Gavin Lawrence

Overall aims and purpose

Module Description The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the skills underlying the research process. The module will provide you with the basic tools to understand and conduct Sports and Health related research. It will introduce you to the skills and knowledge required to help you think about doing research of your own. The module will help you develop a range of skills that will allow you to interpret and evaluate more fully the research of others in relation to the research design processes, the data collection, and the data analysis and inference (i.e., what you can conclude from their work).

Course content

Summary of Course Content the module will help you develop a range of skills that will allow you to interpret and evaluate more fully the research of others in relation to research design processes, the data collection, and the data analysis and inference (i.e., what you can conclude from their work). Details of the lecture content are below.

Lecture Content What is (sport) science?/The research process

Types of Research Descriptive Experimental Epidemiology or Causal Comparative

Measurement Issues Validity& Reliability Review of weeks 1-4

Measures of central tendency/dispersion

Variance, standard deviation and Z scores

Standard error of the mean/central limit theorem

T tests (paired samples)

T tests (independent samples)

Important: Students who fail the module (overall module mark less than 40%) or miss module assessments, will be required to undertake a resit or first-sit assignment in the Supplementary Assessment Week (SAW). The SAW will be held in the second week of July 2018 (exact date to be confirmed nearer to the time). If you are resitting your assignment, your mark will be capped at 40%.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

• D- to D+ basic knowledge and limited understanding of research principles and design together with an adequate understanding of statistical tests/procedures. Most criteria are met to an adequate standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components of the assignment questions.

excellent

A- to A* deep knowledge and understanding of research design and principles and has an excellent capacity to address, formulate, and answer basic research questions together with an excellent understanding of statistical tests/procedures.

A- = Most criteria are met to an excellent standard

A = All criteria are met to an excellent standard

A+/A* = Some criteria are met to an exceptionally high standard; the remainder are met to an excellent standard

good

C- to C+ good grasp of research principles and design, demonstrating good knowledge and understanding with the capacity to address, formulate, and answer basic research questions together with a good grasp of statistical tests/procedures. Most criteria are met to a good standard; there may be a wide range in the quality of different components of the assignment questions

Learning outcomes

  1. Be able to address, formulate, and answer basic research questions including relevant hypotheses;

  2. Understand and be able to conduct statistical analyses for dealing with two parametric data sets (e.g., t-tests)

  3. Be able to explain the relevance of the assumptions that underpin the above statistical procedures;

  4. Understand and be able to analyse data using descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, standard deviation, and Z scores);

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Formal Exam

The date, time and venue of this midterm exam is clearly listed in the module timetable. The exam will consist of two parts:

A multiple choice question section which will test your understanding of the various processes involved in research design and interpretation (22.5% of overall module mark)
A short answer/calculation section which will further test your understanding of these processes together with your capacity to address, formulate, and answer basic research questions (including conducting statistical procedures/calculations by hand) (52.5% of overall module mark).

Important: Students who fail the module (overall module mark less than 40%) or miss module assessments, will be required to undertake a resit or first-sit assignment in the Supplementary Assessment Week (SAW). The SAW will be held in the second week of July 2018 (exact date to be confirmed nearer to the time). If you are resitting your assignment, your mark will be capped at 40%.

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EXAM Formal Online Exam 1

These exams must be accessed and completed online through the Blackboard software. Exams will be issued on the dates indicated on the module timetable on Blackboard. There will be a total of five over the course of the module and each exam will be worth 5% of the final module mark. You will only have one attempt at each question and each exam. Further details will be posted within the instructions section of each test on Blackboard.

Please log on to Blackboard, navigate to the page for this module and click on the assignments tab and open the ‘assignments’ folder to locate the tests.

5
EXAM Formal Online Exam 2 5
EXAM Formal Online Exam 3 5
EXAM Formal Online Exam 4 5
EXAM Formal Online Exam 5 5

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private Study, revising lecture material, preparing for assessments

78
Lecture

11 x 2 hour lectures covering What is (sport) science?/The research process

Types of Research Descriptive Experimental Epidemiology or Causal Comparative

Measurement Issues Validity& Reliability Review of weeks 1-4

Measures of central tendency/dispersion

Variance, standard deviation and Z scores

Standard error of the mean/central limit theorem

T tests (paired samples)

T tests (independent samples)

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Transferable skills

  • 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
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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
  • critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical basis of scientific paradigms
  • demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.

Resources

Resource implications for students

N/A

Reading list

Additional Learning Resources and Information

  Each week there will be an optional seminar session 
  You can also book one-to-one tutorial with the teaching assistant staff.

All module material, including lecture slides, will be available to view through Blackboard on the following link:

http://blackboard.bangor.ac.uk/

Here you will find; Important announcements Lecture material Computer session information Formative and other practice exercises to prepare you for your assessments Podcasts together with other video and audio files to help you with your learning Summative online assignments

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