Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 10,000 word dissertation  90%
Semester Assessment Oral Research Presentation  10%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Review literature on a specific topic to identify the principle comtemporary issues placed within the content of the prevailing theories and concepts of the (sub) discipline.
2. Formulate a research question based on the above.
3. Identify an appropriate experimental design and be able to reationalize that choice.
4. Develop the relevant skills needed for data collection.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of legislation and professional practice through the production of a statement on ethics for the proposed study.
6. Oranganise and complete the collection of data in a valid and reliable manner.
7. Analyse and iterpret data using a sophisticated approach relevant to the research methodology.
8. Discuss data in the context of the reseach question and the extant literature.
9. Produce a written report.

Brief description

In this module students will complete a research project. In consultation with a tutor, students undertake a project on a topic of their choice. The project must involve a review of literature, the framing of research question (s), the collection of data in a laboratory or field setting, and a discussion of the results leading to a written dissertation of 10,000 words. The work is mainly completed independently and each student will be allocated a supervising tutor with whom they will meet regulary.


1. Identify and refine, through the review of literature and a consideration of research methodologies, a research question.
2. Develop an experimental design and refine appropriate skills for data collection.
3. Produce a statement on ethics for the proposed experimentation based on current legislation and professional practice.
4. Organise and complete data collection.
5. Analyse and interpret data.
6. Produce a written report.

Reading List

Berry, R. (2000) The research project 4th ed Open University Press, London Primo search Bland, M. (2000) An introduction to medical statistics 3rd ed Oxford University Press, Oxford Primo search British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (2001) Code of conduct BASES, Leeds Primo search Eston, R. and Reilly, T. eds (2001) Kinanthropmetry and exercise physiology laboratory manual: tests, procedures and data. 2nd ed Routledge, London Primo search Girden, E.R. (1996) Evaluating research articles from start to finish Sage, London Primo search Marrow, J.R., Jackson A.W., Disch, J.G., and Mood, D.P. (1995) Measurement and evaluation in human performance Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Punch, K. (2000) Introduction to social research: Quantitative and qualitative approaches Sage, London Primo search Thomas, J. and Nelson, J. (2001) Research methods in physical activity 4th ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, II Primo search Tomlinson, A. and Flemming, S. eds (1997) Ethics, Sport and Leisure: crises and critiques Meyer and Meyer, Aachen Primo search Vincent, W.J. (1999) Statistics in kinesiology 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, II Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6