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HL10355: Research design for the social sciences

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (2000 words) (CW 100%)
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:
To intention of this unit is to:
* introduce students to critical social science research
* develop students' awareness of the philosophy of research
* provide students with a conceptual overview of study skills required for their degree programme
* introduce students to the politics of research

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Have an understanding of the underpinning philosophies of social science research.
* Appreciate the various approaches to researching sport and physical activity.
* Understand the origins of social science research and the various schools of thought


* Production of concise, scholarly, written communication to agreed specifications and deadlines. F/A
* Analysis and synthesis of written information from multiple sources. T/A
* Working independently. F/A
* Develop and apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry. T/F/A
* Evaluate research critically and assess a variety of information sources. T/F/A
* Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development. F
* Information management and technology skills. F/T

The following topics will be covered:
1) Axiology: Overview of research ethics and procedures
2) Politics: Discussion of the politics of doing research and the context of doing research. This will highlight the major schools of critical academic thought; thus, helping students appreciate the diversity of theoretical considerations in contemporary social science approaches to sport, physical activity and health
3) Philosophy: Introduction to ontological and epistemological approaches to social science research; consideration of judging research
Practices: An introduction to the variety of research practices and methods.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10355 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)

HL10355 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFB20 : BSc(Hons) Sport Management & Coaching (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB20 : BSc(Hons) Sport Management & Coaching with Professional Placement (Year 1)