Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 50 min lectures on statistics, 10 x 50 min lectures on research methodologies
Seminars / Tutorials 6 x 50 min sessions on abstract critique 6 x 50 min sessions on developing and reviewing preliminary dissertation proposals
Practical 12 x 50 min computer practicals on using SPSS


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework: Group Project Report  33%
Semester Assessment Research Proposal  34%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   SPSS Examination  33%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework (1,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   SPSS Examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of approaches to research in sport and exercise science
2. Critically analyze existing literature from a methodological viewpoint
3. Demonstrate competence in using SPSS for advanced statistical analysis and interpretation (specifically: ANOVA including one, two and repeated measures; multiple regression)
4. Develop and critique one posssible investigation for a final year project

Brief description

This module is concerned with developing students knowedge and understanding of research methods and statistics to an advanced level, enabling them to take a more sophisticated approach to material in other modules, and to enable them to undertake with confidence an extended independent investigation in the final year of their degree. Research methodologies will be considered in detail. Examples from existing literature will be studied to help students apply concepts in practice. Just over half the module will be concerned with developing skills in data analysis using SPSS. The module finishes with preparatory work for the Level 3 dissertation.


1. To develop a detailed and self-critical appreciation of possible approaches to research and of the steps involved in the process of undertaking an investigation
2. To develop advanced statistical skills using SPSS
3. To formulate a possible investigation for the final year dissertation and to critically appraise such a proposal

Reading List

Bland, M. (2000) An introduction to medical statistics. 3rd ed Oxford University Press, Oxford Primo search Cohen, L. and Holliday, M. (1986) Statistics for social scientists. Harper and Row Primo search Morrow, J.R., Jackson, A.W., Disch, J.G. and Mood, D.P. (2001) Measurement and evaluation in human performance. 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Thomas, J. and Nelson, J. (2001) Research methods in physical activity. 4th ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, II Primo search Vincent, W.J. (1999) Statistics in kinesiology. 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, 11 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5