Module title: The Research Process in Sport and Exercise

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES08102
Module leader: Scott Graham
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Scott Graham
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The lecture programme aims to develop the students’ ability to problem solve through reflection on research theories. Practical examples and tutorials will aim to develop student discussion and interaction in the context of real life situations and introduce quantitative and qualitative research methods through practice. The assessment aims to develop a practical and theoretically driven approach to the research process enabling students to gain a sound understanding. Students will be introduced to, and be directly assessed on, reviews of current relevant research studies whilst discussing the relative merits of good and poor research processes and study designs and methodologies (LO1 and LO2).

Lectures will focus on types of research and the importance of data analysis with a specific focus on the definitions and limitations of techniques (LO1,2,3) with discussions around the scientific bases of evidence based practice in Sport and Exercise Science where contemporary approaches and situations will be evaluated and discussed. Lectures, tutorials and examples will highlight the ethical issues in researching with different populations and techniques with discussions and current examples on acceptable risk and the mitigation of risk factors prominent (LO3).

Data analysis, types of statistical investigation and analysis and presentation of data results will be highlighted via face to face lectures and tutorials (LO4). These concepts will be linked to appropriate type of research investigation and directly associated with current examples of research. The cohort will be given weekly exercises to complement the lecture delivery and tutorials allowing them to develop their abilities and enhance their familiarity with research concepts and data management. These will include formulation of ethical standpoints; development of discursive materials to accept or refute hypothesis and practices; practice exercises using given data.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs through the use of revision/review questions during lectures and in tutorials

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will include a written review of literature in week 10 and CTE in week 14/15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 94.5
Other Work based learning 70
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 1.5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 50 1,2 & 3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 50 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will be introduced to key areas of the research process: research study design, data analysis, ethical issues and risk assessment as it relates to the fields of Sport and Exercise Science. Content will include the process of knowledge construction and how to differentiate between different types of research design commonly used, literature review in preparation for the formulation of a research question or hypothesis in a relevant academic area or discipline and the mitigation of associated risks while carrying out research.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Define types of research
LO2: Review relevant literature and academic studies
LO3: Examine ethical issues and risk
LO4: Explain relevant types of data analysis and be able to conduct simple test for statistical analysis of data

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