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SES2003 : Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Brook Galna
  • Lecturer: Dr Daniel Henderson, Dr Kevin Wilson
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will provide students with the skills to plan their own research project, including how to analyse data from their own experiments and those of others. To achieve this, students will learn how to best ask and answer questions related to sport and exercise science. They will learn how to find and critique scientific literature; choose the best research design to answer these questions; apply key statistical concepts to a range of sport and exercise based data; and interpret the results of data analysis appropriately.

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics covered in the module include:

•       Finding and critiquing peer-reviewed research literature
•       Exploratory, observational and experimental designs
•       Ethical and governance considerations of research
•       Issues surrounding data collection, visualisation and analysis
•       The key statistical concepts of Central Tendency, Variability, Distributions, Probability, Hypothesis testing, Correlation, Regression, z tests, t tests, non-parametric tests and ANOVA
•       Appropriate interpretation of data analysis

Students will have the opportunity to find and critique research, as well as analyse data, from a range of physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics examples.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:00Non synchronous - Preparation &completion of online computer tests for Statistic&research proposal
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials171:0017:00Non sync delivered by variety of videos & formative activities (online quizzes & prob solving q's)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00PIP - Statistics practical sessions using PC based exercises to reinforce lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00PIP - Interactive workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Synchronous online workshop on referencing software
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study811:0081:00Non Synchronous - broader reading & study of topics relating to research methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP - Introductory Module talk
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The introductory module talk and associated structured lecture materials will introduce key concepts surrounding broader topics of research methods and statistics. Sessions will introduce key topics surrounding research methods and will introduce statistical concepts. Workshop sessions will encourage students to critique and discuss a wide range of journal articles, as well as provide interactive activities to reinforce key concepts raised in the lectures. Practical computer sessions will also enable students to apply statistical methods and provide an opportunity for students to clarify any misunderstandings about the methods taught in the lectures. Calculations are carried out on computers using SPSS and they are intended to enable students to develop their computing skills. A two-hour session (synchronous and non-synchronous) will also refresh and build on what students learned in stage 1 about referencing and associated software.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M951600 word research proposal of a topic of the students' choosing (agreed with the lecturer) related to sport and exercise science.
Computer assessment2M5Online computer-based assessment - short answer questions & calculations of material covered in stats lectures & computer sessions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research proposal provides students an opportunity to demonstrate they can apply their knowledge of research
design, searching and critiquing the literature, and statistical analysis to a topic of their choice within the field of sport and exercise science.

The computer-based statistics assessments are designed to develop skills mastery requiring students to attempt all components and achieve a mark of at least 70% (with unlimited attempts). The assessment will make up a nominal 5% of the module total assessment to ensure it does not inflate the overall module mark but still provides a small incentive to achieve full marks. The knowledge and understanding of statistical methods and will require an ability to draw on material from throughout the course.

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