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HL30392: Research methods

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, OT 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Literature Search Report (1500 words) (CW 40%)
  • Methodology Report (2000 words) (CW 60%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit is designed to enable students to build on and to develop the skills necessary to conduct a small scale research study in the sports performance context. The unit aims to consider basic designs, approaches and conduct of research in applied contexts. Content will be contextualised to different pathways where appropriate. Thus, it will:
* provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative approaches together with appropriate designs and methodologies;.
* enable students to research, analyse and evaluate information in a range of contexts;
* discuss methodological and ethical issues, and prepare students to be able to plan and organise a small-scale research project in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* critically appraise the quality and limitations of currently available evidence and identify need for further research;
* understand the process of designing a research project, including practical, methodological and ethical considerations;
* understand methods of small-scale enquiry;
* understand qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, including interview-based, observational and survey approaches;
* understand and be able to use quantitative data analysis methods including the use of some inferential statistics;
* understand and able to use qualitative data analysis.

Intellectual (facilitated, taught and assessed) - engage in critical analysis of wide range of sources; synthesise information from a number of sources to gain a coherent understanding of research, policy and practice; reflect on appropriateness of theory, practice and outcomes; critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data, to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution or identify a range of solutions to a problem
Professional (facilitated, taught and assessed) - exercise appropriate judgement in planning, designing and implementing research in the workplace; understand the application of relevant research findings in the workplace
Practical (facilitated and assessed) - conduct research in accordance with professional ethics and practice, and consonant with systems and procedures in the workplace
Key Skills (facilitated - assessed through other units) - this unit will support students in the demonstration of competence in professional and practical skills to be used in the workplace.


* the nature of research including the fundamentals of scientific method
* consideration and critique of types of quantitative and qualitative research.
* how to conduct a literature review, both as a research project in itself, and to inform a new research project;
* consideration and development of different tools for quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis e.g. questionnaires and interviews, together with appropriate ways to ensure quality;
* reporting and presentation of findings in a structured and coherent way;
* planning a research project: formulating a question, developing a hypothesis, selecting a suitable and realistic method, ethical issues, sampling, data collection, measurement, and reporting and discussing results.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30392 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB12 : BSc(Hons) Sport (Sports Performance) (Work-based learning) (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.