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SES2003 : Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Coussens
  • Lecturer: Dr Pete Philipson, Dr Adrian Holliday
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to introduce students to the principles and processes of research, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to be effective consumers and producers of research.

Outline Of Syllabus

The indicative topics covered in the module include:

•       The principles and purpose of research
•       How a sport and exercise scientist uses research evidence in practice
•       Stages of the research process
•       Research paradigms and experimental designs
•       Effective data collection
•       Key quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques (e.g. central tendency, variance, probability, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, t-tests, ANOVA, non-parametric tests, thematic analysis, content analysis) and the interpretation of outputs
•       Ethical considerations of research

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:3015:00PIP lectures Semester One
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PIP - Lectures (Semester One and Two)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:00Non synchronous online - Preparation & completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00PIP Data analyses pract sessions using PC & classroom based exercises to reinforce lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Assessment support tutorial session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00PIP - Interactive workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study781:0078:00Non Synchronous - broader reading & study of topics relating to research methods
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Computer-based practical sessions will allow students to develop and apply statistical analyses skills. These practical sessions will be supported with non-synchronous lecture materials to facilitate understanding and mastery of analyses techniques.

Lectures will introduce principles and processes of research, relaying key knowledge and supporting understanding. Seminars will allow students to consolidate and apply this knowledge and understanding in sport and exercise science contexts. Methods such as problem-based learning, journal club sessions, and inquiry-based learning activities will allow students to apply appraisal skills as both a consumer and producer of research.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A40PIP Inspera Invigilated: SAQs & calculations of material covered in data analysis lectures, & computer-based practical sessions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M601500 word research portfolio evidencing the student's understanding & application of principles & process of research
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess student’s ability to select, justify, conduct and interpret appropriate data analysis techniques and statistical tests in sport and exercise science contexts. It will also assess knowledge and understanding of appropriate research paradigms and processes for specific sport and exercise science contexts. The exam will assess intended knowledge outcome 1 and intended skill outcome 2.

The portfolio provides students the opportunity, through a range of learning activities and experiences, to evidence appraisal of experimental designs and methods, and appraisal and application of research evidence. The portfolio will assess intended knowledge outcome 2 and intended skill outcome 1

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