Module Identifier SS29020  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr David A Tod  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Glen Davison  
Course delivery 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours SPSS Examination33%
Semester Assessment Coursework: Group Project Report33%
Semester Assessment Research Proposal34%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours SPSS Examination50%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework (1,500 words)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


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

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.

Reading Lists

Bland, M. (2000) An introduction to medical statistics. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Cohen, L. and Holliday, M. (1986) Statistics for social scientists. Harper and Row
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
Thomas, J. and Nelson, J. (2001) Research methods in physical activity. 4th ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, II
Vincent, W.J. (1999) Statistics in kinesiology. 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, 11


This module is at CQFW Level 5